Position Details
Reference Number 35904
Position Title Director of Neonatal Medicine
Employment Type Fixed Term
Location 50 Flemington Road
Position Summary

Director of Neonatal Medicine

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 recently been part of implementing ‘Epic’ as 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 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides neonatal care for the sickest babies and infants from Victoria, interstate and overseas. With over 900 admissions per year the unit (located on Butterfly ward) provides intensive care and high dependency care for babies with medical and surgical problems from other hospitals in Melbourne and country Victoria, southern New South Wales and Tasmania and from the RCH Emergency Department. The neonatal intensive care unit provides specialised mechanical ventilation services and the RCH is a national referral site for Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). The RCH delivers the state-wide paediatric, Infant and Perinatal Emergency retrieval (PIPER) service. NICU is a 24 hour service that operates 365 days a year. The neonatal unit is a leader in implementing innovative family and patient centred models of care. The department of Neonatal medicine is a leader in National and International research efforts and projects.


The Role:

An exciting opportunity exists for a full time dynamic and experienced clinician to join the RCH team as the Director of Neonatal Medicine. The Director is a critical leadership role providing guidance and strategic direction for Neonatal Medicine and the Neonatal Intensive Care ward (Butterfly) 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 Neonatal Medicine and NICU and its services, as determined by agreed key performance indicators at a state, national and international level.

The Director will ensure that Neonatal Unit 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 non-clinical services, clinical units (including the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; Department of Paediatric and Neonatal Surgery; and the Paediatric, Infant, Perinatal Emergency Retrieval Service (PIPER); external stakeholders (including all other Victorian Neonatal Units), 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:

  • Eligible 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 Neonatal Medicine 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 of Critical Care ed.oakley@rch.org.au


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 03 9345 6528
Alternate Contact Person Teri Ball
Alternate Contact Number 0393454532
Alternate Contact Email teri.ball@rch.org.au
Closing Date 29/10/2020
Position Description Director Neonatal Medicine August 2020 FINAL.pdf
Additional Document 1 Senior Medical Staff Application Form 1.docx