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Chief Medical Officer – Northern Territory Government Department of Health

Chief Medical Officer – Northern Territory Government Department of Health

Company: Northern Territory Government Department of Health
Location: Darwin, NT
Job Type: Full-time
Job Status: Sourcing
Date Posted: 18/08/2021
Job Contact:

Joanne Norton

08 8922 7454


Employment Type: Full-time
Location: Darwin, NT
Position Classification: Staff Specialist
Vacancy number: 031777
Application Close Date: 07/09/2021

Where you’ll be working

If you want your career to go places, then join Department of Health in the Northern Territory. The challenges and opportunities in health and community care in the Territory are like no other in Australia, from remote Aboriginal health to tropical health and urban tertiary care. Continued investments in Aboriginal health, remote health, acute care, and community services offer many opportunities for health professionals who want to be part of making a difference.

About the Role

The Chief Medical Officer provides senior system level leadership in the areas of patient safety, clinical quality, systems improvements, compliance and assurance across NT Health, including the Regional Healthcare Services.

Relocation Assistance may be available to the successful applicant 

Potential Remuneration Package in the vicinity of $437,000, plus superannuation, depending on the level of qualifications and experience. Comprising salary $239,920 – $265,395, leave loading and the value of 2 weeks extra recreation leave and may comprise managerial allowance, practitioner allowance, second roster allowance and professional development allowance.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Lead the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the NT Health Clinical Governance Framework and the NT Health Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Plan, to enable systematic reporting of quality and safety surveillance data and oversight of key NT Health strategies covering clinical governance, clinician engagement, clinical excellence, quality improvement and patient safety.
  2. Lead clinician engagement strategies across NT Health and the Regional Healthcare Services, including leadership of the secretariat of the NT Clinical Senate and the provision of effective support of its functions.
  3. Provide strategic clinical leadership on relevant clinical quality improvement projects to enhance the design and operation of health services, clinical governance and excellence and quality improvement across NT Health, including the Regional Healthcare Services.
  4. Represent the Department on national and jurisdictional committees and working groups in relation to national health reform agenda strategies, clinical governance and quality improvement strategies.
  5. Manage the Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Branch, incorporating the Medicines and Poisons Regulation and Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Units.
  6. Follow defined service quality standards, work health and safety policies and procedures relating to the work being undertaken in order to ensure high quality, safe services and workplaces.
  7. Foster a positive workplace culture through exemplary leadership practices and role modelling behavior.

About You


  • Eligible for registration as a specialist with the Medical Board of Australia, completed not less than the equivalent of six years of fulltime service as a Staff Specialist.
  • Detailed knowledge of the concepts of patient safety, the principles and practices of quality improvement, risk management and accreditation frameworks and their application in a health care environment.
  • Demonstrated senior level leadership experience and achievement in the areas of safety and quality, sound understanding of government processes, system-wide policy and clinical strategic development.
  • Demonstrated high level credibility and ability to act as a professional advisor to clinicians on clinical governance.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with sound judgement and decision-making skills, with a demonstrated capability to consult, influence, engage and negotiate effectively in a complex, cross-cultural and politically sensitive environment across a broad range of stakeholders.


More information

Applicants should address the selection criteria and provide a current CV and contact details for 2 referees (preferably an email address). For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit www.jobs.nt.gov.au

Information on the Northern Territory and its great lifestyle is available at www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au

Note: The preferred or recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children Clearance notice / Ochre Card (application forms available from SAFE NT at https://forms.pfes.nt.gov.au/safent) and undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history.

For further information, please contact:

Adj. Prof. Joanne Norton on 08 8922 7454 or joanne.norton@nt.gov.au


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