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Director Medical Services – Northern Territory Government: Department of Health

Director Medical Services – Northern Territory Government: Department of Health

Company: Northern Territory Government: Department of Health
Location: Darwin, NT
Job Type: Full-time
Date Posted: 03/12/2021
Job Contact:

Helen Harris


Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: Darwin, NT
Position Classification: Staff Specialist
Application Close Date: 15/12/2021

Where you’ll be working

The Territory is a land where ambition and drive live in harmony with a vibrant, tropical lifestyle. Here, you can create a new business, propel your career and make a real impact. Find out more about the many opportunities for professionals and skilled tradespeople in The Territory.


The Territory presents a unique clinical experience and a real opportunity to make a difference for some of the nation’s most vulnerable people working as a doctor, nurse, midwife or allied health professional. Healthcare in the Territory promises a culturally rich experience, exciting career opportunities and a lifestyle that we think is the best in the world.


NT Health offers a broad range of services in all specialty areas.  The diversity and complexity of clinical presentations in the Territory offers unique and interesting challenges for clinicians and a myriad of training opportunities across urban, rural and remote locations. There is a strong focus on support and growth within the clinical team.

About the Role

Reporting to the Executive Director Quarantine, the Director Medical Services (DMS) provides senior leadership and management of medical services on site and after hours including liaison with specialist medical services in the acute care system to ensure the delivery of safe multidisciplinary health care in a quarantine context at the Centre for National Resilience (CNR). The DMS provides expert advice and leadership of the quarantine clinical services, managing and coordinating clinical governance including standard operating procedures, safety and quality across the quarantine site and as an important member of the executive leadership group of the CNR.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide strategic public health and clinical services leadership at the CNR.
  2. Develop and deliver education for quarantine workers in the hierarchy of controls for prevention of COVID-19 transmission
  3. Provide clinical leadership of the CNR to deliver a safe environment for staff including testing and vaccination regimes.
  4. Provide a sustainable primary care focused medical service for quarantined individuals presenting with COVID-19 and non COVID- 19 related health concerns
  5. Develop standard pathways and establish sustainable relationships with specialist services in the acute care system to support residents on site and minimise transfer into the acute care system
  6. Liaise with the CDC and the Office of the Chief Health Officer to ensure end to end systems and communication particularly for the management of COVID-19 positive residents and their close contacts
  7. 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
  8. Foster a positive workplace culture through exemplary leadership practices and role modelling behaviour.

About You


  1. Eligible for specialist registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
  2. Fellowship with an Australian Medical College or equivalent.
  3. A minimum of 3 years’ experience in medical administration, leadership and management in a health environment.
  4. Demonstrated experience of working fulltime in medical practice as a Staff Specialist for a minimum of 1 year.
  5. Demonstrated experience in clinical training, audit, quality and safety programs including national accreditation standards.
  6. Demonstrated experience in leading a multidisciplinary team to achieve the best health outcomes and delivering high quality programs in a busy operational environment.
  7. Experience in clinical service planning, policy development, consumer feedback management and medico-legal matters.
  8. Demonstrated high level interpersonal, communication, negotiation and motivational skills.


More information

From 13 November 2021 all NTPS employees subject to the Chief Health Officer Directions No.55 of 2021 are required to provide evidence of at least one dose of an approved COVID 19 vaccination and evidence of two doses completed by 24 December 2021 except in circumstances where there is a medical exemption.

For a confidential discussion please contact: Helen Harris at Helen.Harris@nt.gov.au

Please quote position number:  68210411

Applications closes: 15th of December 2021


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