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Director Medical Services – Northern Territory Government

Director Medical Services – Northern Territory Government

Company: Northern Territory Government
Location: Darwin, NT
Job Type: Full-time
Date Posted: 28/09/2022
Job Contact:

Resources Coordinator

08 8985 8132


Employment Type: Full-time
Location: Darwin, NT
Application Close Date: 20/10/2022

Where you’ll be working

The key focus of the Department of Health is to achieve the best health and wellbeing for all Territorians through the development, management and performance of the public health system.

The Department of Health is responsible for strategic leadership and funding; system-wide policy development and planning; and system governance, performance and accountability.

The NTPS values diversity. The NTPS encourages people from all diversity groups to apply for vacancies and accommodates people with disability by making reasonable workplace adjustments. If you require an adjustment for the recruitment process or job, please discuss this with the contact officer. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the OCPE website.

About the Role

Primary objective:

Provide strategic leadership in provision of clinical and population health services in the Darwin Region including DMO Medical Retrieval Service, Primary Health Care Services to remote communities and Corrections Facilities with an emphasis on clinical governance to achieve and maintain improved health outcomes.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide high level strategic and clinical leadership overseeing the implementation and monitoring of effective clinical governance in all unit activities to provide high quality medical care.
  2. Coordinate the provision of medical services, to remote communities, Corrections facilities, and the District Medical Officers (DMO) Medical Retrieval Service, along with participating in community visits and DMO on call roster.
  3. Lead recruitment, credentialing, retention, deployment, performance monitoring and capacity building of the medical workforce including medical trainees, supporting the requirements of relevant postgraduate medical training programs.
  4. Ensure quality improvement programs are implemented and facilitate staff development and training to maintain and improve the quality of medical care for patients.
  5. Participate and contribute to a high level as a member of the Top End Health Service Director of Medical Services leadership group and Top End Regional Services (TERS) Population & Primary Health Care Branch (PPHC) Governance and Senior Leadership Groups.
  6. Collaborate with other health service providers, including those within TERS, Central Australia Health Service (CAHS), external providers such as retrieval services, regional community health boards and Territory-wide services with NT Health to improve the efficiency and integration of service delivery.
  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.

About You


    1. Medical Practitioner eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
    2. Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, or equivalent and at least one or more advanced skill areas to a senior level of expertise in conjunction with experience in delivering public health services in rural settings.
    3. Advanced skills and experience across a range of areas in rural and remote medicine with appropriate rural training or equivalent training and experience.
    4. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary clinical practice with a focus on Safety and Quality.
    5. Skills and experience in strategic and operational planning, service delivery and policy development.
    6. Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, negotiation and motivational skills with a potential to focus on building and maintaining relationships within the Top End Primary Health Care Branch, across the Top End Regional Service and with external stakeholders.
    7. Proven ability to manage self and others, monitor performance, manage change and develop policy with an understanding of EEO and WHS principals and policy.
    8. Ability and willingness to travel by light aircraft or road to remote localities, and to stay overnight as required in remote communities, and possess a manual drivers licence.


More information

Positions may be subject to pre-employment checks such as immunisation requirements, working with children clearance notice and criminal history checks. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history. For immunisation requirements – Category A (direct contact with blood or body substances) or Category B (indirect contact with blood or body substances), check with contact person for requirements.

For more information please contact: RMP Resource Coordinator at 08 8985 8132 or email at RMP.ResourceCoordinator@nt.gov.au

Applications close: Thursday 20 October 2022.




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