Visiting Medical Officer - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Scenic Drive, Nowra NSW, Australia
Specialist Position

Job Description

Employment Type: Visiting Medical Officer
Position Classification: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Remuneration:  - Sessional Hours as required

Requisition ID: REQ185107

Applications close: 8 November 2020

The successful position holder will provide contemporary comprehensive specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist services within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District with the primary site for this position being Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.

The maternity unit is currently a level three role delineation, delivering over 800 babies a year.  A recent risk assessment has been undertaken to increase services to a level 3+ increasing the number of services that the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department can offer local residents. This is an exciting time to join a collaborative multidisciplinary maternity team at Shoalhaven as services are expanding. Newly established colposcopy and Day Assessment clinics will be introduced next month to enhance service provision and planning has commenced on developing an Early Pregnancy Assessment Services.

The successful candidates will work in partnership with a dedicated team of experienced midwives and doctors who are passionate about the care provided to the women of the Shoalhaven.

There is an expectation of the successful position holder, to provide and support training of clinicians across multiple disciplines to achieve and foster a culture of learning and the implementation of best practice methods.

Shoalhaven Hospital is a busy acute care facility which provides emergency care, medical, surgical and orthopaedic services to around 22,000 patients each year. The hospital has an Intensive Care Unit that incorporates High Dependency and Coronary Care beds and also provides Emergency Department services. As well as these clinical services, the hospital has a busy Obstetric Unit, and also provides services for children under 16 years of age.

The Shoalhaven Hospital is affiliated with the University of Wollongong and supports the training of Nursing, Medical and Allied Health staff. As such there are teaching and research opportunities through the UOW Graduate School of Medicine.

Live by the beach on the beautiful NSW South Coast. The Shoalhaven region is bordered by the mountains, coastal plains and over 100 magnificent beaches. The Shoalhaven’s beautiful natural environment plays a central role in the quality of life of the local community. Commute times are short; and when you’re not at work, you can relax on some of the country’s best beaches, explore the stunning coastal rainforests and outdoor adventure activities or enjoy the local dining – all contributing to a perfect work-life balance. It is an easy two hours’ drive from Sydney and home to the beautiful areas of Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley and Mollymook to name a few.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Enquiries about this position from recruitment agencies will not be accepted. Candidates interested in this position must make their own enquiries and submit their own application.

An eligibility list may be created for future Temporary/Permanent positions.

Please note: Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing. Criminal record checks will be undertaken on successful applicants. This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website


Successful applicants to the role must provide certified documentation of vaccination history and pathology as part of their recruitment documentation. The applicant must be certified as compliant with https://www1.health.nsw.gov.au/pds/ActivePDSDocuments/PD2020_017.pdf before employment can commence.


Selection Criteria:

  1. Specialist registration or eligible for specialist registration as a Medical Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) and/or equivalent specialist recognition.
  2. Evidence of continuing medical education and self-monitoring/audit practices consistent with the scope of practice requirements of the position.
  3. Extensive experience at a senior O&G specialist level with demonstration of competency working independently with complex emergencies and limited support.
  4. Proven capacity and/or experience in the provision of effective high quality services, demonstrated through successful clinical practice in an environment appropriate to the requirements of the position including evidence of participation in quality improvement activities relevant to the specialty.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to teaching with experience in teaching both undergraduate and post graduate students and other staff of the hospital.
  6. Demonstrate the skills and attitudes appropriate as a Senior Medical Practitioner including modelling a high standard of professional behaviour to junior medical staff.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and harmoniously with medical and other health services colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues, and staff and to work as an effective member of the clinical team across multiple sites.
  8. Demonstrated experience in and commitment to research relevant to the role and needs of the Department.

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For role related queries or questions contact Dr Fatima Lockhart on email [email protected] of 0410 527 128.

Applications Close: Sunday 8 November 2020

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