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Director of Paediatric Intensive Care

Alumni Global
Brisbane (LGA), South East Queensland (AU)
Closing date
29 May 2023

Children’s Health Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland

  • Lead and manage a world-class paediatric intensive care department.
  • Make a real and sustainable change in the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people living in Queensland.
  • Work collaboratively and innovatively with a dedicated interprofessional workforce.

Children’s Health Queensland are seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Paediatric Intensive Care to lead and manage the delivery of world-class tertiary clinical services in the Department of Paediatric Intensive Care at the Queensland Children's Hospital (QCH). 

Children’s Health Queensland HHS:

Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ) is a recognised leader in paediatric healthcare, education, and research, delivering a full range of person-centred clinical services and training, tertiary and quaternary care and health promotion programs to children and young people from across Queensland and northern New South Wales. 

CHQ’s interprofessional workforce of over 5,000 people delivers responsive, integrated and internationally recognised person-centred care through a network of services and facilities, including the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Jacaranda Place, Ellen Barron Family Centre, Child and Youth Community Health Service, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, and other state-wide services and programs including specialist outreach and telehealth services. Through its Centre for Children’s Health Research, CHQ hosts world-leading research in the prevention and early detection of serious childhood illness and injury, lifesaving treatments, and building sustainable person centred healthcare systems. 

As the only state-wide paediatric Hospital and Health Service in Queensland, CHQ strives to deliver, enable, and partner in clinically excellent paediatric healthcare across the state and is relentless in its pursuit to achieve real and sustainable change in the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people living in Queensland. 

Our Values

At CHQ, we are committed to fostering a culture where staff feel valued, engaged, and empowered to deliver results and exceed expectations. Through our values, we strive to create an understanding of what performance and leadership excellence looks like at every level of our organisation and to build a shared leadership mindset. 

The Leadership Excellence at CHQ framework was co-designed with our workforce and describes what highly effective leadership looks like at all layers of our organisation.

About the Role:

The position of Director of Paediatric Intensive Care, (Division of Critical Care) will lead and manage the delivery of world-class tertiary clinical services in the Department of Paediatric Intensive Care at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH), whilst supporting the delivery of care of critical children across Queensland and Northern New South Wales. 

The Director is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic and operational performance of the department and its services. The primary focus of this role is to ensure the department demonstrably and consistently provides the highest quality safe patient centred care, integrated across internal and external services, education, and research, whilst maintaining a sound and sustainable financial position, strong staff engagement and support, and effective relationships with the community and consumers of care.

Key Duties and Accountabilities

  • Lead and continue to develop excellent paediatric Intensive Care Service (including surgical, cardiac surgical, and medical) for critically ill children that places the care of children and their families at the core of business.
  • Ensure a unit culture of learning and innovation to support multidisciplinary training, quality assurance of the service and embedding research into everyday practice to drive improved outcomes for children and families.
  • Model and drive positive leadership behaviours and contribute to the health service and professional community, fostering genuine, integrated connections across professional and service boundaries. Employ an interprofessional leadership model within the paediatric intensive care unit.
  • Provide ethical decision-making and effective management and communication in the achievement of organisational goals, ensuring issues are resolved effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Work collaboratively and innovatively with QCH team leaders including medical and nursing managers to improve safe patient care and patient flow through the hospital to optimise patient outcomes and experience.
  • Develop the outreach service to state-wide paediatric departments and intensive care services including telehealth support.
  • Assume joint responsibility with the Director of Emergency Medicine, QCH to support the Medical Lead of the Rapid Response System in the provision of the safe and high-quality provision of a Medical Emergency Team (MET) response across the QCH facility.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of the Children’s Health Queensland Retrieval Service (CHQRS) to meet the operational staffing and training needs of the CHQRS.
  • Provide professional advocacy for Paediatric Critical Care service improvement.

Selection Criteria:

You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate the following key attributes against our values. The ideal applicant will be able to demonstrate the following: 


Your advanced leadership abilities with demonstrated ability to build trust, bring teams together from various professional disciplines and positively influence professional peers to deliver high quality services. Your advanced leadership skills include including leading through compassionate, empathetic, and authentic leadership, respect and professionalism. 

Communication and Collaboration: 

Your ability to effectively engage and partner with peers and lead with staff from multiple disciplines, external stakeholders and health consumers to achieve strategic objectives and in day-to-day functions of this role. Your ability to influence across boundaries and collectively advocate to achieve enhanced service integration along the care continuum. 

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement: 

Your proven record in building a safe, accountable, transparent service based on patient safety and quality improvement principles. Your skills in clinical incident management, patient safety and quality improvement, clinician and open disclosure processes, ability to influence across boundaries and collectively and to provide authoritative advice to Critical Care Divisional Leadership team. 


You will have a successful track record as a leader and manager at a service level within a tertiary paediatric hospital or service. Your proven ability to provide strategic and operational management of a tertiary, multidisciplinary paediatric intensive care service, lead innovation and redesign of clinical services with measurable improvement and utilising a best practice framework and data to drive decision-making, effort, and investment.


  • Hold a medical degree and be registered, or eligible for registration, as a specialist in Paediatrics with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Hold a fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand or its equivalent.
  • Extensive experience as a clinician and leader in Paediatric Critical Care in a tertiary paediatric hospital setting.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, including medical, nursing, and allied health staff, in a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical governance, quality improvement, and risk management, including the ability to apply evidence-based practice and data-driven decision-making to service improvement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to patient-centred care.

To access the full role brief, follow the link to our microsite below:

If you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please reach out to our leading consultants from Alumni Global:

  • Chris Davies, Managing Director – – 0477 010 023
  • Laurence Sims, Principal Consultant – – 0456 789 856

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