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(Medical) Director – Emergency Department

7 December 2022
Melbourne, Australia


Northern Health – Director, Emergency Department
Northern Health provides a vibrant, fast-paced workplace of currently more than 7,300 dedicated professional staff and an annual budget of over $800 million. As an organisation, Northern Health have a clear focus on how the service can partner with the community, including the strategy of helping the community stay well when at home.

Located in the rapidly growing northern suburbs of Melbourne, the health service currently provides care to a community that has the largest projected growth in the state. This growth pathway is already evident, with the health service already growing in size, resources and are being driven in thinking innovatively about the current and future needs of the population and what the systems need to look like to provide exceptional service. With a booming, culturally rich and diverse community, and less than an hour’s drive from the CBD, Melbourne’s North is fast becoming the place to be!

The Role

The opportunity as the Director, Emergency Department (ED) brings a substantial opportunity to promote consistency of clinical practice, clinical governance, quality, patient safety and education across a large Emergency Medicine Department at Northern Health, Craigieburn and Whittlesea Urgent Care Centres. The ED is already one of the largest and most complex in the state and country, with over 100,000 episodes of care/annum that is still growing, and the Director, ED will play a key role in overseeing the expansion and development of the ED at Northern Hospital Epping.

Reporting to the Medical Divisional Director Emergency Services and working collaboratively with the Divisional Director Emergency Services Division and other Divisional Directors, Clinicians and Staff, the role is pivotal in ensuring Northern Health achieves its Strategic and Clinical Service Plans for the unit.  You will be responsible for the overall performance of the Department in terms of sustainable financial and environmental performance indicators which will require the use and analysis of data to guide decisions, evaluate outcomes and promote timely, coordinated and best care.

As Director, ED, you will ensure that services are delivered in a patient-focussed manner and of the highest standards of professional skills, clinical governance, and excellence.  In addition to your clinical and professional expertise, your skills in managing people, leadership and sustainable financial decision accountability would be a key component to the success of the role. This is a key leadership role, providing you with the opportunity to promote consistency of clinical practice, clinical governance, quality, patient safety and education across the department.

If you are determined about developing, leading, and implementing appropriate new emergency models of care, driving recruitment, retention, education and training strategies for Senior & Junior medical staff, this role will provide you with an experience that encompasses the diversity and complexity of disease leading to clinical satisfaction as well as strong leadership and stakeholder engagement.

For a comprehensive information pack regarding this opportunity and/or a confidential discussion about the position, please contact, Michael De Santis, Managing Consultant at Ccentric Group (+61 406 499 659) or email or Natalie Xu, Senior Consultant at Ccentric Group (+61 450358948) or email

Northern Health offers a range of benefits to support and reward staff both personally and professionally, which includes:

  • Health and Wellbeing programs, including our ‘Thrive’ program
  • Flexibility in the workplace and extra leave options and support
  • An inclusive and culturally safe space
  • State-of-the-art facilities and campus partnerships
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development through our ‘Learning Labs’
  • Access to salary packaging, EAP and our online library

Northern Health is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce which reflects the community she serves. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as applicants who are LGBTIQ+, who have different abilities, or are from culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds are encouraged.

All employees of Northern Health must comply with the health service’s Staff Health / Workforce Immunisation procedure (as amended from time to time) together with any relevant State Government and Departmental directives. This requires all employees to be vaccinated for various diseases such as, but not limited to influenza and Covid-19.

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