Position Details
Reference Number 35765
Position Title Director Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Employment Type Fixed Term
Location 50 Flemington Road
Position Summary

Director Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) 

The Hospital:


The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has cared for the children and young people of Victoria since it was founded in 1870. As a tertiary and quaternary centre, the RCH cares for the most critically ill and medically complex paediatric patients in Victoria. In addition to providing a full range of clinical services, the hospital also supports many health promotion and prevention programs. With more than 6,000 staff, 12 wards and 350 beds, the RCH is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria, and also provides care for children and young people from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.

In April 2016, the RCH became the first Australian hospital to implement the world-leading ‘Epic’ electronic medical record (EMR).  RCH has a strong focus on supporting the successful delivery of the Parkville Connecting Care program – a shared EMR with the Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

The RCH is located within the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, which is home to more than 45 world-class biomedical organisations, with collectively more than 50,000 of the brightest minds working together to make the Precinct number one in the Asia Pacific region.  Further information on RCH is available at www.rch.org.au.


The Department:

The PICU provides intensive care services to critically ill infants, children and young people for Tasmania, Victoria and southern New South Wales.  RCH is the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics. The RCH delivers the state-wide paediatric, Infant and Perinatal Emergency retrieval (PIPER)service and is a National Funded Centre for paediatric heart transplantation, paediatric liver transplantation (in collaboration with Austin health), Norwood procedure and staged surgical palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome and paediatric lung transplant (in collaboration with Alfred health). PICU is a 24 hour service that operates 365 days a year.


The service provides care inside PICU:

The service also provides care and support outside the ICU:

  • Medical Emergency Team (MET) for all inpatients at RCH
  • Outreach Service for review of ward based patients following discharge from PICU
  • Medical review for any patient experiencing clinical deterioration, or any patient that may require PICU admission, where PICU assistance is requested
  • Paediatric, Infants and Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER)
  • Clinical Technologist support to Home Ventilation, technology dependent children in RCH Wards, NICU and Emergency Department.

The Role:

An exciting opportunity exists for a full time dynamic and experienced clinician to join the RCH team as the Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Director is a critical leadership role providing guidance and strategic direction for Paediatric Intensive Care at RCH in line with the RCH vision and strategy “Great Care Everywhere”. The Director has responsibility for overall leadership, strategic and operational performance of PICU and its services, as determined by agreed key performance indicators at a state, national and international level.

The Director will ensure that PICU consistently provides the highest quality family-centred care, education and research, whilst maintaining a sound and sustainable financial position, strong staff engagement and support, as well as effective relationships with the community and consumers of care.

An ability to successfully manage and motivate a multidisciplinary team, including leading educational activities and promoting and facilitating original research will be the key to success in this role.

Demonstrated ability to build and maintain a strong and respectful culture by committing to The RCH Compact is essential.


You will be responsible for:

  • Fostering a high performance culture that aligns to the RCH Compact
  • Promoting and environment of co-operation and continual improvement of team performance, patient outcomes and experience.
  • Identifying, building and maintaining strong working relationships with all internal clinical units, non-clinical services, external stakeholders (including Monash Children’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit), and with the campus partners: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute., the RCH Foundation and University of Melbourne.
  • Facilitating and driving high quality original research in the Department, including building and supporting relevant internal and external research collaborations.
  • Collaboratively developing and contributing to the educational activities of the department to facilitate a learning environment.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Eligibility for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
  • Fellowship with a relevant college.
  • Formal leadership training is desirable.
  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD is desirable.  
  • Experience in a major public teaching hospital preferably at department/director level or demonstrated experience leading a department and or large group of professionals.

Other information and how to apply:

The role of the Director Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is 1.0 FTE and will be an initial 3 year appointment.  Applicants must apply online attaching certified credentials and a completed “SMS Application for Appointment Form”.  For further information please contact Ed Oakley, Chief Critical Care ed.oakley@rch.org.au  Applications close Friday 11th September 2020.


To learn more about The Royal Children’s Hospital and living and working in Melbourne:

  • What our department does: https://www.rch.org.au/picu/
  • We are more than just a children’s hospital: https://vimeo.com/53977649
  • We are part of Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct https://www.melbournebiomed.com/
  • To learn more about living in Melbourne visit https://www.visitvictoria.com/

The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, all members of the LGBTI community and peoples with disability.

Contact Person Ed Oakley
Contact Number 93455588
Alternate Contact Person Teri Ball
Alternate Contact Number 0393454532
Closing Date 11/09/2020
Position Description Director PICU PD June 2020.pdf
Additional Document 1 Senior Medical Staff Application Form 1.docx