Senior Medical Officers in Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine

Australia (AU)
$179 703 to $250 303 AUD base salary
26 Mar 2020
26 Apr 2020
Career Level
Trust / Career grade

Centre for Children's Health ResearchChildren's Health Queensland

  • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • $179 703 to $250 303 AUD base salary
  • Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Queensland’s single children’s
hospital is looking for Paediatric Intensive Care Specialists interested in temporary and permanent Senior Medical Officer (SMO) positions.

About the Queensland Children’s Hospital

The Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) (formerly The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital), which opened on 29 November 2014, is Australia’s largest and most advanced paediatric facility. Located in South Brisbane, the 359-bed hospital features more than 80,000 square meters of facilities spread across 12 levels.

As Queensland’s single specialist paediatric facility, Children’s Health Queensland’s (CHQ) at the QCH is the hub of a dedicated network of paediatric services available at other Brisbane and Queensland hospitals. Expanding on CHQ’s state-wide remit, the QCH also supports regional hospitals through telemedicine and outreach
services. This means children and young people can access the services they need as close to home as possible.

The hospital precinct includes the Centre for Children’s Health Research, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane (opened in 2016) and a new Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service building.

Your Opportunity

The mixed, general, and cardiac, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Queensland’s single, tertiary/quaternary children’s hospital and health service is looking for Paediatric Intensive Care Specialists interested in temporary and permanent Senior Medical Officer (SMO) positions.

Our 36-bed state-of-the-art PICU admits close to 2000 patients per annum, providing around 30 ECLS runs, coordinating for advice and transport of close to 2000 paediatric patients of concern state-wide, and retrieving over 800 critically unwell paediatric patients.

We offer an unique opportunity for you to join our medical team of 14 Paediatric Intensive Care Specialists and 30 trainees, and to:

  • provide excellence in family centred intensive care,
  • participate in driving our outstanding training and teaching program,
  • share our goal to become a high-reliability health care service,
  • contribute to Australia and New Zealand’s leading and world-class Paediatric Critical Care Research Group (PCCRG) employing 20 research staff, attracting grants worth up to AUD$3M per year, performing over 30 active studies at any time, and publishing up to 30 papers annually,
  • work in a transformative, multidisciplinary team environment where all staff have each other’s back.

Get engaged in CHQ PICU’s and CHQ Retrieval Services’ (CHQRS) Statewide leadership in improving the experience and outcomes of Queensland’s critically unwell children and their families, in meeting the challenges facing our team and
patients in our vast and socio-geographically unique state, and in streamlining paediatric critical care services.

Your Role and Responsibilities

As a SMO specialised in paediatric intensive care, your role will provide for the care of critically unwell newborns, infants and children within the CHQ PICU, QCH, and CHQRS including:

  • provision of state-of-the-art clinical expertise and excellence in paediatric critical care including extracorporeal life support systems.
  • undertaking clinical responsibilities as the leader of a high performing multi-disciplinary team, including on-call, liaison with other departments and referring hospitals, maintaining appropriate records and confidentiality, and obtaining and documenting consent.
  • participation in clinical coordination for advice and transportation of children in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, in patient safety and quality assurance processes, and in team education and supervision.
  • dedication to role modelling, professional leadership, training and education within the area of speciality, and supervision of junior medical, nursing and allied health staff working in CHQ PICU.
  • commitment to our multi-professional PICU leadership set-up fostering participation and collaboration for service management, development, improvement and innovation, and for nurturing relationships with our stakeholders.

Depending on your seniority and duration of employment, your CHQ PICU SMO role may also include:

  • provision of sub-specialty expertise and excellence in paediatric cardiac intensive care including extracorporeal life support and echocardiography.
  • co-leadership for shaping our interdisciplinary paediatric cardiac intensive care service and sub-specialty going into the future.
  • commitment to excellence in research, education, and quality assurance in your area of sub-specialty expertise.
  • participation in, and initiation of, academic activities such as workshops, seminars and conferences, and other tasks aligning your area of sub-specialty expertise with our health services’ strategic plans.
  • fostering national and international relationships in your area of sub-specialty expertise on behalf of our department, HHS, and the state.

The accountabilities of these positions will be fulfilled in accordance with the CHQ PICU and HHS core values as follows:


  • Actively participate in the delivery and development of contemporary, evidence-based, multidisciplinary models of care, inclusive of CHQRS, inpatient, outpatient, outreach and telehealth.
  • Actively promote and model family-centred-care principles and practices in the delivery of services.
  • Involve consumers in design and evaluation of services.
  • Provide effective and timely communication and consultation processes within the service, and with families, referring clinicians and other health services.
  • Provide expert retrieval advice and high-level support to staff at the referring centre in a manner appropriate to the facilities available to them (whether metropolitan or rural/remote).
  • Actively contribute to the hospital and health service and professional community.
  • These positions may require rotation to the Paediatric Critical Care facilities at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, or to The Townsville Hospital.


  • Demonstrate clinical leadership in a high functioning multidisciplinary and inter-professional team conjointly managing the care of patients admitted to the PICU or referred to CHQRS.
  • Role model positive workplace behaviour that supports quality human resources management practices including employment equity, anti-discrimination, work, health and safety, and ethical standards.
  • Guide, mentor and provide professional leadership, training and education within the area of speciality, and supervision to junior staff in line with guidelines of CHQ HHS and relevant professional and regulatory bodies.
  • Participate in, and contribute to, effective orientation and on-boarding of staff.
  • Participate in performance appraisal and staff development processes within the service.
  • Actively contribute to a positive workplace culture within the Service which encourages and recognises high performance, builds leadership capabilities and supports staff to maximise their health and well-being.
  • Provide ethical decision making and effective issues management and communication in the achievement of organisational goals, ensuring issues are resolved effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Ensure compliance with contemporary healthcare safety and quality standards and participate in CHQ HHS assurance processes including accreditation.
  • Safety and Quality of Care
  • Participate in clinical governance activities including attendance at departmental meetings, audit and peer review, monitoring of processes and outcomes of care.
  • Actively contribute to the delivery on the CHQ HHS Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Strategy as it applies to your clinical service.
  • Model a ‘just’ approach to staff, promoting open and honest identification of hazards and incidents, and taking action to address quality and safety gaps.
  • Participate in relevant peer service benchmarking and use relevant data to drive continuous improvement.
  • Display behaviours favourable for teaming i.e. respectful speaking and listening, commitment based collaboration, clinical courage, standing by mistakes, and ongoing reflection on actions and outcomes.
  • Minimise unjustified variation in care and drive increased reliability and consistency of clinical services through the use of standard operating procedures, care pathways, and appropriate training, assessment, and coaching of staff.
  • Actively engage in early identification and resolution of patient/family and staff complaints using open disclosure principles.
  • Where required, develop work instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in line with a patient quality and safety culture.


  • Actively explore and implement alternatives to admission to CHQ PICU and QCH where clinically appropriate.
  • Participate in both formal and informal departmental research and education activities.
  • Use research evidence to improve practice and care outcomes.
  • Explore innovative ways to improve value for money services.


  • Conduct handovers and ward rounds, assess patients, plan clinical management, and arrange appropriate investigations and treatment while ensuring that all discussions, decision and actions are appropriately documented in the electronic medical records.
  • Participate in the annual planning cycle for your service, i.e. CHQ PICU and CHQRS, including the development of annual plans, implementation activities and review of performance against budget, activity and quality.
  • Maximise revenue through supporting the private practice scheme and process.
  • Actively participate in a working environment supporting quality human resources management practices including employment equity, anti-discrimination, work, health and safety, and ethical behaviour.
  • Actively contribute to a positive culture within CHQ which encourages and recognises high performance, builds leadership capabilities and supports staff to maximise their health and well being.
  • Ensure and document that patients and parents/families/ caregivers are well informed about clinical management and decision making.

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Closing date is Sunday 26 April 2020