Director SSU, ED

$191.70 hourly
  • Mercy Health
  • Werribee Mercy Hospital, Princes Highway, Werribee VIC, Australia
Full time Health Care

Job Description


Werribee Mercy Hospital Emergency Department is seeking an emergency physician to join our team as the Director - Short Stay Unit. A full time Nurse Unit Manager has been employed and recruitment is underway for additional emergency physicians and junior medical staff, to operate a brand new Short Stay Unit with capacity for 24 beds.

As a major public hospital servicing the community of the West, we have an exciting growth strategy which will lay the foundation for future growth.  The new Short Stay Unit, is a temporary facility that will provide a home to the Short Stay Unit until the new two level Emergency Department construction is completed in 2027.

The Werribee Mercy Hospital, Emergency Department and Short Stay Unit provides care to over 50,000 patients annually.  Our community is culturally diverse as one in two families, include an individual who was born overseas.

As the Director, you will be responsible for the operational and strategic management of the Short Stay Unit in all facets including clinical service, innovation and continuous improvement, optimisation of patient flow, teaching and research. Ideally, you will have 50% clinical support time and 50% clinical time with the opportunity to work clinically in both the emergency department and short stay unit.


  • FACEM or equivalent.
  • Appointees must be registered or registrable with AHPRA
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience as a clinical leader with an interest in driving innovation and patient centred care
  • Ability to provide strategic focus and direction and foster a culture of quality and service improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team

Interested applicants can arrange to have a confidential conversation with the Clinical Services Director, Dr Thomas Chan by emailing request to [email protected]


Werribee Mercy Hospital is a General Public Hospital located in the rapidly growing Western suburbs of Melbourne. Our services include surgical, medical, maternity, newborn, paediatrics, renal dialysis, emergency, mental health, rehabilitation, aged and palliative care. The hospital has undergone significant service expansion including Hospital in the Home/Hospital Care at Home programs, a new intensive care unit, additional operating theatres and the opening of two new wards, taking the total number of beds to 298.  Join us now and be part of our team as we expand to serve our community.

Werribee Mercy Hospital is a perfectly positioned hospital with easy access on and off the M1 Princes Freeway 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD and 45 minutes from Geelong and the gateway to the surf coast.  We are walking distance to Hoppers Crossing train station, café and shops, and is co-located adjacent to a privately operated childcare facility that delivers childcare to pre-school age children.

Mercy Health is a Catholic organisation grounded in a 2,000-year tradition of caring for others. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Health is made up of more than 9,500 people who provide acute and subacute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, maternity and specialist women's health services, early parenting services, home care services and health worker training and development. 

Mercy Health is proud to be recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the WGEA.


Mercy Health recognises that people are searching for meaning in their work life and finding a workplace that connects with their values is a key motivation when choosing an employer. As a not-for-profit healthcare provider, Mercy Health has a strong mission and clear values that guide us in everything we do. We pride ourselves on:

  • caring for our people and those important to them with generous employee assistance available for employees and their families
  • encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and supporting all staff to be their authentic selves at work through our network group for LGBTIQ+ staff and allies
  • protecting children and vulnerable people in all our services, by listening to them and having zero tolerance of any form of abuse and neglect
  • taking a stand against climate change, which is one of the biggest threats to the health of the world and all humanity, and committing to action that will help make our world fairer and more sustainable
  • offering benefits such as generous salary packaging, purchased leave, career progression and development opportunities, access to health and wellbeing programs and a range of discounts across a diverse portfolio of financial, healthcare, travel and other services. 



  • Candidates are required to meet the position and qualification requirements.
  • Provide a current Police Record Check and Working with Children Check (Mercy Health may conduct additional background checks subject to current legislation).
  • Proof of vaccination status consistent with public health orders and with Mercy Health’s policy (includes but is not limited to COVID-19 and seasonal influenza vaccination compliance requirement).



  • Associate Professor Thomas Chan
  • Clinical Services Director, Medical Subacute and Palliative Care
  • [email protected] 
  • (03) 8754 3206 or 0405 142 783

Shortlisting of suitable candidates will commence as soon as applications are received and the advert will close once suitable candidates are recruited.

To view the position description or submit your application please click here.

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