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Clinical Director – Women, Youth and Children – Canberra Health Services

Canberra Health Services

Canberra Health Services
Canberra, ACT

Employment Type: Full-time
Location: Canberra, ACT
Application Close Date: 01/01/2024

Where you’ll be working

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

Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at ENTERPRISE AGREEMENTS

CHS is a vision and values-led organisation. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

The Division of Women, Youth and Children (WYC) provides a broad range of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services. Service provision is based on a family-centred, interdisciplinary approach to care, in partnership with consumers and other service providers.

WYC are undergoing a program of continuous business improvements to inform best practices in the models of care as well as ensuring that the workforce and services are safe and sustainable.  WYC are committed to rebuilding a positive workplace culture and are confident that we can deliver excellent health care to the community if we work together.

About the Role

The Division is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Clinical Director to provide medical leadership to Paediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Departments and the governance of a highly skilled workforce during a time of transformational change.

This position plays a significant role in ensuring sustainable and high-quality patient care delivery across the Territory and surrounding area in managing sustainable services, management of risk, workforce and medical governance.  Strong professional leadership of the medical workforce and the ability to deliver on both the tactical and operational elements of the Clinical Director role are vital.  In particular, well-being is a focus for WYC and a key objective for this role is to focus on the workforce experience through employee support, talent acquisition and retention and strengthening working conditions and culture.

The Clinical Director would not be expected to have a clinical background in the specialties within WYC.  The role is focussed on strong governance and leadership across a mixed medical workforce. There is opportunity for the Clinical Director to undertake clinical work within their specialty area, noting that this would make up no more than 40% of workload.


  • Under limited direction of the WYC Executive Director you will perform the following roles. You will:
  • Provide clinical leadership, as part of the Executive Team, to all lines of business within the Division to develop and deliver Clinical Services and Operational Plans.
  • Represent the Division and participate in strategy and planning across the Division and with external stakeholders to optimise future service delivery for the Division.
  • Proactively develop a positive workplace culture through providing professional support for the Unit leads and leading a culture of collaboration.
  • Through strengthening the Division’s reputation as a great place to train and work, create a sustainable and effective medical workforce, with growth in clinical, research and teaching across all areas of the Division.
  • Lead and facilitate professional development and training requirements, including training accreditation, for medical staff within the  Division.  Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders with regards to training and education as needed.
  • In conjunction with the WYC leadership team, provide governance of quality and safety activities, guideline development, service redesign and model of care development and ensure that appropriate clinical governance structures are in place for the Department and the Division.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Medical Unit Leads, ensure timely workforce planning of medical staff and effective line management of medical staff including rostering, leave planning and performance management.
  • Take an active part in budget planning and financial management with other members of the Division’s leadership team.
  • 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

About You


  • Specialist Medical qualifications and experience working as a senior healthcare professional in a clinical role for a large and complex health organisation.
  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Strong engagement with junior medical officers, a sound understanding of all levels of medical workforce and an ability to engage with different medical specialities to address their needs.


More information

For further information about this vacancy please contact Dr Suzanne Pilkington at

Applications close: 1 January 2024

Job Contact

Dr Suzanne Pilkington 02 5124 7018 Apply Now