Director - Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (523668)

Department of Health
Hospitals & Primary Care - Hospitals Sth
Hospitals Sth - Surgical & Periop Servs
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Medical Practitioners Agreement 2022, Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1-11

Employment type:

Full Time




Royal Hobart Hospital

Job description:

The Royal Hobart Hospital is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for the Director – Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine.

The Royal Hobart Hospital is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for the Director – Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine.  

Applicants should have experience and skills in leadership and management within the health system.  Further training in leadership and management is an advantage.  Demonstrated highly developed communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively as part of a management team and the understanding of HR and financial planning and management are particularly required.

Please note that applications of co-joint appointments will be considered.

Current employees of the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine are eligible to apply.

Who are we?

Royal Hobart Hospital is Tasmania’s largest hospital and major referral centre. As the major clinical teaching and research centre, RHH collaborates with the University of Tasmania and other institutions.  All our services work closely together to focus on delivering excellence in healthcare to achieve improved outcomes for our consumers, our workforce, and the Tasmanian community.

The Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine provides a comprehensive range of general and specialist clinical anaesthesia services including trauma, paediatric surgery, cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, vascular and obstetrics specialities. Anaesthesia services are also provided for the Cardiac Catheter Lab, Endoscopy Unit and Medical Imaging Department including Interventional Radiology, CT/MRI and PET scan. We also provide an Acute Pain Service and Perioperative Medicine service.

The Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine is a high-quality specialist teaching department with significant research activity.  We participate in multi-centre research trials and encourage local research. We have strong links with University of Tasmania Faculty of Health Science and the Menzies Research centre.

The Role

  • Provide clinical leadership, incorporating principles of best practice to ensure the provision of highest standard of care for patients and meet the agreed goals and targets.
  • Represent the Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine within the relevant management forums of the RHH and the Department of Health (DoH).
  • Ensures that the relevant Work Health & Safety practices and standards are implemented and maintained.
  • Ensures the development, implementation and maintenance of performance management systems which support the ongoing development of individual and team performance and skills for medical, nursing and administrative staff.
  • Ensures a system of continuous quality improvement that systematically evaluates and identifies opportunities for improvement and plans to implement strategies to meet patient needs and national and organisational KPIs.
  • Manage the human, material and financial resources for medical, nursing and administrative staff of the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Services.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to the organisation’s Quality & Safety and Work Health & Safety processes, including in the development and implementation of safety systems, improvement initiatives, safeguarding practices for vulnerable people, and related training.
  • The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned in this document, that are within the capacity, qualifications and experience normally expected from persons occupying positions at this classification level.

A few of our benefits:

  • Extensive salary packaging options with excellent leave benefits (including professional development leave).
  • Mentoring and support with an inclusive and well-respected team.
  • Diverse specialist career pathways and professional development.
  • Collaborative relationships with a range of professionals across multiple disciplines.
  • Generous relocation support packages plus accommodation support for when you arrive.
  • Employer visa sponsorship and support for families for overseas applicants.

Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart has become a cultural centre, with year-round art and music events and restaurants serving gourmet local produce. Excellent educational opportunities and easy access to outdoor pursuits make this the perfect place to raise a family. Enjoy a more tranquil, community-orientated lifestyle while remaining only a short flight from the busy mainland.

Experience beautiful beaches and pristine alpine regions where you can enjoy a vast variety of sports and outdoor activities to suit everyone on the doorstep of a bustling capital city while enjoying the advantages of a short commute and excellent work-life balance.

In Tasmania you will be encouraged to be yourself, to learn, to grow and to develop meaning in your work. You will have a powerful connection to your patients and your colleagues, and the community will encourage your success. Our isolation helps drive a culture of creation and human connection, which feels both old fashioned and… like the only future worth pursuing.

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Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award

A remuneration package comprising the Agreement base salary, relevant allowances and other entitlements will be negotiated with the successful applicant dependent on clinical experience and seniority.

Base salary points range for Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1 at $210,000 through to Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 11 at $288,000 with further salary increments available.

  • Please note that access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range $291,472 - $301,349 is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1, 2 or 3 as outlined in the Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Award

In addition, the following allowances calculated on the salaried incremental point are available: 

  • Management allowance
  • Provision of a fully maintained private plated motor vehicle (subject to working full-time hours) OR allowance in lieu of motor vehicle currently set at $27,535 pro rata per annum, paid fortnightly (with CPI indexation on 1 July each year).
  • Continuing Professional Development Allowance of $16,000 pro rata per annum.
  • Relocation allowance.
  • On call allowance
  • All other allowances as per current Award.
  • And subject to approval from the Private Patient Scheme Committee (PPS), 35% of Base salary plus on-call, pro rata) of additional payment will be paid from (PPS). If not admitted to the PPS, a 35% in lieu of PPS of base salary will be paid.

Other Benefits:

  • You will have access to salary package a range of benefits including living expenses up to $9,010 + $2,650 in meal entertainment each FBT year + other benefits if eligible.
  • You will also have access to accommodation and relocation costs.

Details of Appointment

Fixed term, full-time day work (with on-call), working 76 hours per fortnight commencing from 31 September 2024 for 3 years.

Applicants should note that, for a period of twelve months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar full time and part time vacancies.

Essential Requirements

  • Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant specialty

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer.  The following checks are to be conducted:

  1. Conviction checks in the following areas:
    1. Crimes of violence
    2. Sex related offences
    3. Serious drug offences
    4. Crimes involving dishonesty
  2. Identification check
  3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents

Applicant Guide

What do I submit with my application?

Please ensure your application includes:

  • A 1-2 page application statement as related to the statement of duties
  • A current CV
  • The contact details of two referees
  • Qualifications and supporting documents

How to Apply?

Please click the "Apply now" button on this screen.   

In order to be considered for this position it is a requirement that you complete a 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the attached statement of duties.

Online applications are preferred as this ensures you answer important questions about yourself.  Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Please do not send hard copy applications to the contact person.

PLEASE NOTE:  Applications submitted by an Agency on behalf of an applicant will not be considered at this time.

For more information contact

Dr Ruth Matters
Director – Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine. 
Phone:  03 6166 6812

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