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Chief Medical Officer – Wimmera Health Care Group

Chief Medical Officer – Wimmera Health Care Group

Company: Wimmera Health Care Group
Location: Horsham, Victoria
Job Type: Full-time
Job Status: Sourcing
Date Posted: 25/02/2021
Job Contact:

Melissa Houston, Skilled Medical

1300 900 100


Skilled Medical has an exciting career opportunity for an experienced medical administrator to undertake a permanent Chief Medical Officer role with Wimmera Health Care Group.

The Health Service

Wimmera Health Care Group is the major referral service for the Western region of Victoria, providing a comprehensive range of specialist medical services, and a 24-hour emergency department.  It has key research and training links with major Australian universities.  Annual inpatient admissions average 19,500, operations 4,600 and ED attendances 16,000 with 325 births per year.

Wimmera Health Care Group is constantly developing its scope and reach of services to its local and referral communities and is currently exploring opportunities for greater collaboration in clinical service models with Ballarat Health Services. The Chief Medical Officer will be central to this.

The Location

The position will be based in Horsham, a city with a population of 19,500, 300 kms from Melbourne on the Western Highway and 400 kms from Adelaide. Horsham is a well serviced city with diverse education and business sectors, positioned at the Northern end of the Grampians National Park, with nearby lakes and world famous rock-climbs as well as food and wine facilities all offering wonderful local recreational opportunities.

The Position

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive and as a key member of the leadership team, the CMO will provide strategic and operational leadership to ensure the highest level of professional practice within a culture of safe and effective clinical care.

The CMO will play the key role in engaging medical stakeholders including specialists, junior hospital doctors and general practitioners in health services planning, care delivery and clinical review.

The CMO will be responsible for managing the day to day operation of medical services across the Wimmera Health Care Group to ensure delivery of high quality patient care together with achievement of established performance criteria for efficiency, cost and safety.

Clinical Governance responsibility and professional accountability for all medical team members rests with the Chief Medical Officer.

The CMO will be responsible for the provision of advice and guidance to the Chief Executive Officer, the Leadership team and to the Board of Directors on all medical matters including strategic planning of medical services and management of the execution of those elements of the plan which require medical service input.

Where necessary the CMO will fulfill other functions not necessarily listed, as required by the CEO. These functions will be within the scope of their skill and experience.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must hold the following to be considered for the role:

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Tertiary qualification in health/business management such as Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Fellowship of the Australian College of Health Service Management, Master of Health Administration, or Master of Business Administration.
  • Current registration as a Medical Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioners’ Regulation Agency/Medical Board of Australia. Consideration may also be given to exceptional internationally registered applicants who are eligible for AHPRA registration.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of clinical services (4 years minimum preferred).


Terms and conditions for this position are in accordance with the AMA Victoria- Victorian Public Health Services Medical Specialists Enterprise agreement 2018-21. An attractive salary package will be negotiated for the right candidate.

About Skilled Medical

Skilled Medical is an international medical recruitment, placement and services firm that delivers qualified medical professionals wherever they are needed in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. With local offices in Melbourne and London, we provide a personalised service to assist medical professionals with locum and permanent placements. Our aim is to provide the highest level of professional service to candidates and clients.

To Apply

Skilled Medical is recruiting for the CMO role on behalf of Wimmera Health Care Group. For further information or to apply, please email and attach your most up to date CV to Melissa Houston at mhouston@skilledmedical.com, or to discuss the role in confidence please call Melissa Houston on 1300 900 100.

Applications close Monday 15 March 2021.


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