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Director Medical Services – Barwon Health

Barwon Health

Barwon Health
Geelong, VIC
  • Strategic senior medical leadership opportunity – Fixed Term (24/6 – 11/10/24)
  • Based in Geelong: support health service partnerships across Barwon South West region
  • Work closely with our medical services leadership team to progress sustainable change across the region

About the facility

Barwon Health is the major regional health provider for the Barwon South West Region.  It is Victoria’s largest regional health services with one of the busiest Hospital’s in the State, University Hospital Geelong.  We serve over 500,000 people through the efforts of over 7,500 staff and more than 1,200 volunteers.  We provide care at all stages of life and circumstance through a wide range of services from emergency and acute to mental health, primary care, community services, aged care and subacute/rehabilitation.  Care is provide to the community through over 28 key locations throughout the region.

About the role

The Director Medical Services (DMS) position is a senior medical leadership role at Barwon Health and encompasses broader support from a strategic, clinical governance and workforce perspective to other health services in the Barwon South West region. Specifically;

  • Colac Area Health, 2 days a week
  • Hesse Rural Health, 1 day a month
  • Health Service Partnership initiatives and support to region

This role provides the successful applicant an opportunity to manage key business functions / units and also take on a senior role in regional clinical services and workforce planning. The role reports directly and professionally to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Barwon Health. The CMO is accountable for the following functions / units:

  • Medical Workforce, medical education and training
  • Clinical governance, Safety, Quality and Improvement (including Medico-Legal)
  • Research governance
  • Public Health and Primary Care
  • Credentialing of medical staff, New Technology / Clinical Practice, Sabbatical Leave
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Strategic leadership across Barwon South West and support towards Health Service Partnership

The role also reports directly to CEO of health services where the DMS provides direct medical administration services to.

The DMS role is physically based primarily at Barwon Health with some travelling components to the region. Management of specific functions and units under the auspices of the CMO will be negotiated with the successful applicant, based on experience and interests.

About the culture

You will have the opportunity to be part of a highly skilled, professional, friendly and dedicated workforce who take pride in providing high-quality service. You will have support and guidance from fellow team members and management who exhibit our Barwon Health values, respect, compassion, commitment, accountability and innovation. We are all dedicated to supporting the organisation in achieving our vision of – By 2050 everyone in our community enjoys the best health and wellbeing in Victoria.

Barwon Health staff benefits

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Access to employee wellness program
  • Salary packaging
  • Social club
  • Doorstep to the Great Ocean Road, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast

About the Geelong Region, AUSTRALIA

Sitting within one of Victoria’s six regional health centres, Barwon Health serves the community of Greater Geelong and beyond. Victoria’s second largest city after Melbourne! Derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region Djilang, Geelong is thought to mean ‘Tongue of Land’.

  • Enjoy a range of lifestyle choices including inner city, coastal, suburban and rural homes at affordable prices.
  • High standard of schooling options throughout the area
  • A stone throw from the Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road
  • Appreciate beautiful parks, rivers, walks and wineries

To find out more about the Geelong region, visit our Moving to the Region page on the Barwon Health website.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Barwon Health we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

At Barwon Health we are committed to providing positive employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and welcome employment applications from candidates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

We at Barwon Health strongly encourage people with disability and diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles.

We are strongly committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on the Victorian Government’s Child Safe StandardsAbout Child Safe Standards | Victorian Government (

We are also proud to be Totally Smoke Free.

If we can assist you with any reasonable adjustments in order to submit your application for this role, Please contact the Talent Acquisition team via email at noting your preferred method of communication and contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.

This role must be fully vaccinated for Covid -19 and influenza and meet the requirements of the Barwon Health immunisation policy.