Full Time
Canberra ACT
$185,645 - $250,812 a year
Posted 15 days ago
Job description
Specialist / Senior Specialist - Ophthalmology ( Job Number: 024MW ) Description


Canberra Health Services


Clinical Services



Position Number


Position Title

Specialist / Senior Specialist – Ophthalmology Specialist


Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist

Vacancy Type

Permanent Full Time


The Canberra Hospital, Garran ACT

Remuneration Package

$292,007 - $393,971 inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 11.5% super

Note: Starting salary will be negotiated within this classification for the successful candidate, depending on experience and expertise

Base Annual Salary

Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist - $188,151 - $254,198

Contact Officer

Melissa Warylo, Operations Manager, Division of Surgery –

(02) 5124 0931

Closing Date

25 Aug 2022

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: CHS website

The Division of Surgery is responsible for delivering inpatient and outpatient surgical services to the ACT and surrounding region. The Division includes Surgical Bookings and Pre-Admission Clinic, Anaesthesia, Pain Management Unit, Operating Theatres, Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit, Day Surgery Unit and Extended Day Surgery Unit, specialist surgical ward areas, medical and nursing Outpatient services, ACT Trauma Service, Intensive Care Unit, Capital Region Retrieval Service, Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit. These Units are supported by administration support officers.

A staff specialist ophthalmologist position is available at Canberra Hospital and Health Services. The position would be suitable for a Canberra based ophthalmologist with postgraduate vitreoretinal surgery training (at least 12 months surgical retina fellowship), and involves providing regular outpatient services, elective and urgent surgery, and contributing to the on-call roster.

The Ophthalmology Department provides tertiary level surgical care to the ACT and region, and the successful applicant is required to demonstrate training, experience, and competence in the management of complex vitreoretinal pathology including trauma, advanced diabetic eye disease and lens surgery requiring a vitreoretinal approach.

The Ophthalmology Department is based at the Canberra Hospital. The Department is staffed by five Staff Specialists and five VMOs who support vitreo-retinal, medical retinal, corneal, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmic, and emergency ophthalmic services at Canberra hospital, plus general ophthalmology, and cataract surgery at Calvary Hospital and the VMO’s rooms. Other medical staff within the Department include two RANZCO-accredited Registrars, two unaccredited Registrar, and a resident (PGY2).

Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at https://www.health.act.gov.au/careers/applying-work-us/enterprise-agreements

Strong research links are maintained with the ANU, University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. All specialties are represented with the exception of organ transplantation. The hospital has well developed post graduate teaching programs. A fully equipped medical library is available on site with a large collection of hard copy and on line journals and textbooks.

The preferred candidate maybe considered for a conjoint position in ANU at an academic level commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The academic position will be held for the duration of the Canberra Health Services employment and will be subject to regular performance reviews. No remuneration is attached to the University position. The employee will be responsible to the University on academic matters and to The Canberra Hospital & Health Services / Canberra Health Services for clinical/ research matters.

For more information in relation to conjoint positions with the ANU please contact Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes, Director, ANU Medical School (02) 6125 2622 [email protected]

Note: Part Time/job share available


Under limited direction you will:

  • Provide expertise and high-quality Ophthalmic clinical services to in-patients and out-patients and contribute to the on-call requirements of the service.
  • Actively engage in clinical governance to ensure services are high quality, evidence based, safe and adhere to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. This includes but is not limited to participating in relevant committees and meetings including regular audit meetings, morbidity and mortality meetings.
  • Take leadership in developing systems and processes necessary for the provision of sub-specialty practice within the hospital, including procurement of required equipment and facilities, and recruitment and training of support staff.
  • Coordinate and contribute to multidisciplinary education and training, and actively participate in the training and supervision of medical students and medical staff (including interns, resident medical officers and registrars and fellows) within the Department and Division.
  • Promote and practice research in Ophthalmology and support a research program, either clinical or laboratory based.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team to promote a high-quality safe consumer-focused service.
  • Utilise digital health and health information systems to enable the provision of safe and timely access to services.
  • Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high quality person and family centred, safe and high quality patient care.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

For employment at either the Specialist 1-5 or Senior Specialist

  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in the relevant specialty with no conditions, undertakings or reprimands.
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) or equivalent specialist qualifications. Postgraduate vitreoretinal surgery training (at least 12 months surgical retina fellowship), with evidence of high-level clinical performance.
  • The successful applicant will need to have experience in using digital and information technology systems.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work on a rostered basis as per the Head of the department
  • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide Digital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies.
  • You will need to understand how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • You will need to fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and other related frameworks.
  • Not be the subject of an unresolved scope of clinical practice review of by a state/territory credentialing and scope of clinical practice committee (such as the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee) or a current inquiry by AHPRA.
  • Have had no substantiated performance or behavioural issues in the last three years, no such matters currently under investigation, and have not been found to display behaviours and/or performance inconsistent with CHS values.

For Senior Specialist we will also expect that you:

  • Have demonstrated advanced clinical experience outlined in a CV that clearly and comprehensively outlines the applicant’s professional history.
  • Have been employed at the equivalent of a Specialist Band 5 for a period of at least three years.
  • Have demonstrated their advanced ability to provide leadership to their colleagues through either clinical or administrative means.
  • Have gained demonstrable advanced experience and attained such ability in the relevant speciality that is acceptable to CHS, to justify a recommendation for advancement to Senior Specialist by the Review Panel.
  • Be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake duties and responsibilities deemed by CHS as those expected of a Senior Specialist.
  • Be able to demonstrate that they are performing at a level consistent with this competency framework.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

    Be granted their Scope of Clinical Practice through the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC). Undergo a pre-employment Police check.

    Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.


These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

  • Extensive experience in the practice of Ophthalmology, including vitreoretinal surgery, with a demonstrated commitment to the maintenance and further development of skills applicable to the area of Ophthalmology, including involvement in further education and quality assurance activities.

  • Proven high-level communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to provide leadership while working as a team member in a multidisciplinary environment.

  • Ability to manage people, including the ability to work as part of a team, provide leadership to staff and work across multidisciplinary issues.

  • A strong commitment to the importance and provision of teaching at all levels, including medical, nursing, scientific and allied health professional staff, both postgraduate and undergraduate.

  • Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.

To be considered for a Senior Specialist position, you will also be assessed against two or more of the following selection criteria:

  • Clinical: Show advanced clinical expertise in their speciality area, which may include the ability to work without supervision, as recognised by their peers.
  • Safety and Quality: Provide leadership through:

    a demonstrated ability to be effective in leading safety and quality activities, including experience relevant to specialist college accreditation

    providing senior medical input to the safety and quality activities of the medical unit and clinical division, and

    participating actively in specialist college accreditation, as overseen by the Australian Medical Council.

  • Teaching: Provide senior input using demonstrated experience in the development and provision of teaching and training at CHS and services in the surrounding region.
  • Research: Undertake speciality-specific research and/or have relevant publications of research in a respected health or medical journal.
  • Administrative functions: Support the medical unit director in the administration of the unit and provide senior medical input to the development of policies and practices of the unit.


Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and

    A response to the selection criteria under “what you require”, where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

For consideration at the Senior Specialist level you will require the above and:

    applicants must also provide two detailed supporting statements from referees including:
    • A supporting statement from the relevant medical unit director or equivalent, attesting to:
    • the applicant’s ability to work at a senior level in the relevant unit or department,
    • compliance with CHS policy and guidance documents, and
    • behaviour consistent with CHS’ values

    A supporting statement from a second referee who is a Senior Specialist.

Job : Senior Medical Officers Salary Range : 185,645.00 - 250,812.00 Contact Name: Melissa Warylo Contact Email: [email protected] Closing Date: 25/Aug/2022, 8:59:00 AM

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