Staff Specialist / Senior Specialist - Acute Medical Unit

  • Department of Health
  • The Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT
Full time

Job Description

·        Exciting opportunity to broaden your experience

·        Great benefits and supportive working environment  

·        City living without the traffic – click here to see why you should live in Canberra.

·        An attractive remuneration package


The AMU is a short-stay ward and unit for adults, designed to deliver timely, evidenced-based and holistic care during the admission phase of medical inpatient care.  The AMU provides early senior medical and multidisciplinary input for patients that require admission under internal medicine units.  It also allows further work up of patients with acute undifferentiated medical conditions in a non-Emergency Department (ED) clinical space.  The AMU is physician-led and has dedicated medical, nursing, allied health and support staff to ensure patients begin their hospital journey with a comprehensive management plan. 

The AMU commenced in a ward environment in late 2021 and has progressively expanded since.  It is an exciting time for the unit as we look towards moving into the new, state-of-the-art Critical Services Building later this year. The AMU service sits within the Division of Medicine governance structure.  There is opportunity for joint roles, to give applicants a flexible job plan and work in other complementary areas within the Division.  As such, the AMU role may be combined with other options such as also working in General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Hospital in the Home or other sub-specialty units according to the availability of positions and success in relevant recruitment processes.

Applicants should have had training and experience in the management of adults with acute medical conditions requiring hospital level management.  The successful applicant will work in a multidisciplinary clinical environment with a team of nursing, allied health and medical staff.  This includes Advanced and Basic Physician Trainees in General Medicine and prevocational doctors who are involved in well-developed post graduate teaching programs.

Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at https://www.health.act.gov.au/careers/applying-work-us/enterprise-agreementsIt is expected that approximately 80% of the staff specialist’s time will be focused on their substantive clinical service delivery role, and approximately 20% to non-clinical duties.

The position holder is expected to operate within the Public Sector Management Act (1994), the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct and the professional requirements specified by the appointee’s Specialist College.



·        Up to $55,000 in reimbursement of relocation expenses for permanent and long-term appointments

·        Medical Education Expenses allowance reimbursement up to $19,782 per annum

·        Generous leave provisions, including up to 4 weeks training/education leave and up to 5 weeks annual leave per annum       



Why Canberra?

With more restaurants and cafés per capita than anywhere else in Australia, there is always somewhere new to tempt your tastebuds.

If the outdoors is more your scene, there’s mountains, snow, and surf all right at your doorstep. Canberra is so much more than politics, so if you’re considering a change in scenery, the ACT has a lot to offer.

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For more information about this role, please click here to see the Position Description.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and a pitch of no more than two pages outlining your skills, knowledge and experience and why you should be considered for this role. You should take into consideration the selection criteria under “what you require” in the Position Description when drafting your response. 


Successful applicant may be selected based on written application and referee report only.

Applications close: 2nd June 2024

If you would like further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Anna Nakauyaca

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 02 5124 2817




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