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Permanent Part-Time (0.6FTE ) Staff Specialist - Intensive Care Unit - St George Hospital

Organisation / Entity: South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Job category:
  • Specialist
Job location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney - South
Job reference number: REQ267871
Work type: Part-Time
Total remuneration package: $174659 - $215533
Closing date: 05/12/2021 - 11:59 PM


Employment Type: Permanent Part Time - (0.6 FTE)
Position Classification: Staff Specialist
Hours Per Week: 24
Requisition ID: REQ267871


An exciting opportunity is available for a dynamic individual with high level echocardiography skills and expertise to join the St George Hospital team to lead the Intensive Care echocardiography program. This position is permanent Part-Time (0.6FTE).


St George Hospital ICU is a Level 6 NSWHD service with Cardiothoracic, Neurosurgical and Trauma ICU services. The SGH ICU is a state of the art, award winning ICU with 36 beds across 4 “Pods”.


The successful applicant is expected to have advanced transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography skills and qualification.. Extensive experience and expertise in ECMO cannulation and management of VV- and VA-ECMO is also highly desirable. The staff specialist will lead the ICU echocardiography program and is responsible for provision of cardiac and vascular ultrasound clinical service, reporting, quality improvement, research and administration within the department. The staff specialist is also expected to lead the ICU echocardiography education program and provide training and supervision of CICM vocational trainees and fellows.


In addition to performing the role of leadership of echocardiography program, this role will incorporate the role of an intensivist. Key aspects of this clinical role are:

  • Support and assist the Director of the Intensive Care Unit in the provision of high-quality Intensive Care Services within the St George Hospital
  • Provide clinical leadership through active involvement in patient care
  • Contribute to ongoing service improvement and clinical and workforce innovation
  • Support the Intensive Care Unit’s outreach services within the hospital, including clinical liaison, hospital TPN service, MET and Code Blue responses, junior medical, and nursing education and training
  • Support a close working relationship with the clinical staff of other clinical stakeholders
  • Contribute to the professional and corporate life of the hospital by participation in appropriate committees and forums.


Staff Specialists have clinical, administrative, educational and quality assurance responsibilities. The majority of staff specialists will have conjoint appointments with the discipline of Anaesthetics, Emergency, Medicine and Intensive Care at the University of New South Wales and are involved in undergraduate education.


Staff specialists are responsible to the Director of the Department, Professor Frank van Haren. Intensive Care staff specialists deputise for the Director of Intensive Care in promulgating the operational policies, supervising junior medical staff and maintaining the clinical standards of the Department of Intensive Care.


For enquiries about this position please contact Prof Frank van Haren Email - Frank.VanHaren@health.nsw.gov.au


The specialist will provide expert medical assessment and management of patients within the department/service.  

Our staff strive to provide excellence in healthcare and uphold a high standard of care for all patients, families, carers and visitors to our facilities.  

At the core of our organisation is a set of values - Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.  

SESLHD covers nine Local Government Areas from Sydney's Central Business District to the Royal National Park and has a culturally and linguistically diverse population of over 930,000 people, which includes highly urbanised areas of eastern Sydney, southern Sydney and industrialised areas around Port Botany.
SESLHD covers urban and suburban communities and manages eight public hospitals and one public nursing home:

• Calvary Healthcare Sydney (third schedule with Little Company of Mary Health Care)
• Prince of Wales Hospital
• Royal Hospital for Women
• St George Hospital
• Sutherland Hospital
• Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital
• War Memorial Hospital (third schedule with Uniting Care)
• Gower Wilson Memorial
• Garrawarra Centre

SESLHD also operates 28 Child and Family Health Centres, 12 Community Health Centres and nine Oral Health Clinics; providing prevention, early intervention and community-based treatment, palliative care and rehabilitation services.
Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health, Breast screening, HIV/AIDS, Public Health, Women's Health, Youth Health, Sexual Health, Imaging and Pathology services are provided at a number of facilities across SESLHD.
The primary location of this position may be varied as agreed with the Director of Clinical Services and as approved by MDAAC to other facilities in SESLHD.


To be considered for this position you must be an employee of NSW Health and its Affiliated Health Organisations.


SESLHD is committed to creating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our community. This will help ensure our employees, our patients and their carers, feel supported. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply.

Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.

All NSW Health workers are required to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 30 September 2021 and two doses by 30 November 2021 or have an approved medical contraindication certificate. You will be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status if successful.


Selection Criteria

  1. Registration or eligible for registration with Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA). Candidate to provide AHPRA Registration Number on application.
  2. Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand and/or equivalent specialist recognition as provided for by the Health Insurance Act 1973 and the relevant Award/Determination, and demonstrated subspecialty training and formal qualification in advanced Transthoracic and Transoesophageal echocardiography and ultrasonography, as well as broad level of tertiary ICU experience in trauma and cardiothoracic services, including expertise in institution and management of Extracorporeal Life Support.
  3. Evidence of continuing medical education and self-monitoring/audit practices consistent with the scope of practice requirements of the position.
  4. Proven capacity and/or experience in the provision of effective high quality service in the specialty, demonstrated through successful clinical practice in an environment appropriate to the requirements of the position including evidence of participation in quality improvement activities relevant to the specialty.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to teaching with experience in teaching both undergraduate and post graduate students, and demonstrated ability to develop echocardiography education program and supervise medical staff undertaking echocardiography and ultrasonography training.
  6. Demonstrate the skills and attitudes appropriate as a senior Medical Practitioner including modelling a high standard of professional behaviour to junior medical staff.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and harmoniously with medical and other health services colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues, and staff and to work as an effective member of the clinical team across multiple sites. Demonstrated commitment to provision of a high standard of clinical care in the public sector setting.
  8. Demonstrated experience in and commitment to research relevant to the role and needs of the Department.


This is a Category A position. All Category A applicants must read and understand NSW Health Policy PD2020_017. 
Successful applicants to the role must provide vaccination history and pathology as part of the application documentation, and be certified as compliant before employment can commence.  

Please return a completed Medical Practice History Declaration with your application.

Need more information?
  1) Click here for the Position Description and SESLHD Expected Standards
  2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Prof Frank van Haren Email - Frank.VanHaren@health.nsw.gov.au

Applications Close: 5 December 2021