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Medical Head of Unit, Paediatric Emergency Department

24 August 2022
Adelaide, Australia


  • Women’s and Children’s Health Network – Adelaide
  • Indicative Remuneration Range- MD02 - $482,505 - $628,463 p.a. (Depending on Experience)
  • Full-time

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) is South Australia’s leading provider of specialty care and health services for women, babies, children and young people and their families in South Australia.

WCHN puts our consumers and community at the centre of everything we do.

Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of families and communities, make meaningful gains in Aboriginal Health and provide leading healthcare for women, babies, children and young people as one health network

We value compassion, respect, equity, accountability and collaboration for excellence as a leader and respected health network for women, babies, children and young people and their families.

The Medical Head of Unit, Paediatric Emergency Department, will provide strong leadership and change agent ability whilst continuing to build an innovative and exemplar health network. Reporting to the Medical Director, Division of Paediatric Medicine and in partnership with the Nursing Service Director, the role will provide high-level clinical leadership and management to the Paediatric Emergency Department.  As a key member of the WCHN Leadership community, the Head of Unit will be responsible for ensuring the services provided are consistent with the Network’s strategic direction, operational objectives, policies, and standards whilst promoting a culture of respect and learning for all colleagues.

With proven medical leadership, organisational, communication and negotiating skills you will have the ability to undertake a managerial/financial role within an environment of contemporary improvement and change so that outcomes are optimised, and value is achieved. Leading a team of Staff Specialists and Trainee Medical Officers/Fellows you will role model a culture and the highest standards of ethical conduct, with positive collaboration and teamwork.  The Head of Unit will take responsibility for clinical supervision, teaching and line management of medical staff, recruitment, supervision and professional development of staff. You will have an active involvement in teaching Trainee Medical Officers, Interns and Medical Students and, where appropriate, nursing staff. Above all else, promote a culture of innovation for staff to address changing clinical practice and to provide the best care in partnerships to the consumer.

This is a genuine opportunity to lead and shape the future vision and success of the unit, drive its reputation and continue to improve its access to services and the cultural appropriateness of its service for Aboriginal people, including the increase in the number of Aboriginal people in the workforce.

For a confidential discussion about the position and/or to receive a detailed information pack regarding this opportunity, please contact either Kim Gillespie, Senior Consultant (+61 406 551 917 or or Michael De Santis, Managing Consultant at Ccentric Group (+61 406 499 659 or email

Relevant skills

  • Clinical experience in Paediatric Emergency in a large public hospital at a consultant level
  • Experience in quality improvement activities.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills with high-level skills in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution
  • Ability to develop and monitor the quality assurance activities for the unit.
  • Ability to undertake a managerial/financial role within an environment of change
  • Knowledge of contemporary practice and research in relation to Paediatric Emergency Care
  • Demonstrated high-level skills in and commitment to medical education
  • Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent
  • Appropriate Specialist Qualifications and registrable with the Medical Board of Australia as a Medical Practitioner with Specialist registration; or another qualification as defined in the SA Medical Officers Award

The Indicative Remuneration Range includes employer superannuation contributions and leave loading. We also offer salary sacrifice benefits

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check and appropriate immunisation requirements.

COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement under the Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination) (COVID-19) Directions 2021 to work in SA Health/health care setting.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

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