Dermatologist – 0.4 FTE – Sunshine Coast

Posted 5 years ago

Role details

Job ad reference   Closing date  
Role title Senior Medical Officer
Classification L18 – L27
Status Permanent part time Salary $79.95 – $101.37 p.h.
Unit/Branch Medical Services Service Group, Nambour General Hospital / Sunshine Coast University Hospital Contact name Dr Leith Banney


Division/Hospital Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Contact number 0438 648 795

(07) 5470 6379

Location Nambour / Birtinya
  Service delivery may require this role to work across other locations within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS)

Your opportunity

The Senior Medical Officer (Dermatology) provides high quality dermatology services and patient care within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS).

The Dermatology Services is a multidisciplinary team delivering excellence in patient care with a focus on participation in research and clinical trials in cooperation with the research department, as the service grows and staffing levels expand.  The service also provides minor surgical procedures and a paediatric clinic.  Experience in these areas may be particularly helpful for the position.

The Senior Medical Officer (Dermatology) reports to the Service Director, Medicine.

Your role

  • Delivery of the provision of dermatology services to patients in accordance with the standards of the discipline and the ethics of the profession.
  • Manage the delivery of patient care in the area of dermatology, including the management of complex clinical situations.
  • Actively participate in clinical networks and work collaboratively with health care teams across the care continuum.
  • Liaise and collaborate with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure effective team functioning, positive patient outcomes and the achievement of departmental objectives.
  • Role model desired standards of behaviour, promoting a positive attitude, enthusiasm, respect and support of other staff, effective communication and ethical decision making.
  • Facilitate a learning environment by sharing knowledge and expertise, participating in teaching and research activities and supporting the development of colleagues.
  • Participate in the continuing professional development of self and others, including annual performance appraisal.
  • Integrate key objectives from the strategic plan into service delivery.
  • Develop and implement the practice of continuous quality improvement and total quality management to achieve quality and safety outcomes in patient care at all levels of clinical and administrative practice, including participation in clinical audits, clinical meetings and clinical incident management resolution.
  • Actively participate in a working environment supporting quality human resource management practices including employment equity, anti-discrimination, workplace health and safety and ethical behaviour.
  • Follow defined service quality standards, occupational health and safety policies and procedures relating to the work being undertaken in order to ensure high quality, safe services and workplaces.
  • Implement and monitor the organisation’s quality standards, occupational health and safety policies, procedures and programs and provide clinical governance in the relevant work area.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role in accordance with Queensland Public Service Values.

Scope of Clinical Practice

The scope of clinical practice includes, but is not limited to:

  • Dermatology

Your employer – Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is a dynamic health service provider that operates in an environment where quality patient care is paramount.  Our vision, as a health service, is to provide health and wellbeing through exceptional care.

We are a high performing Hospital and Health Service and proud of our reputation within the Queensland public health sector. We actively seek, support and enable better ways of working and reflect our commitment to a culture of learning, with a focus on continuous quality improvement, safety and risk management. Being a person-centred service, we recognise the unique needs and experiences of individuals and actively promote the involvement of consumers and their support people in decisions about the service they receive, which results in better outcomes for our community.

Our structure is based on a devolved model featuring service groups with responsibility for defined clinical specialty areas and currently encompasses services delivered from facilities based at Nambour, Gympie, Caloundra, Maleny and community locations across the Sunshine Coast.

SCHHS has embarked on a significant transformation journey to the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) with further planned growth to 2021. The expanded Health Service, incorporating SCUH, will have the capacity to meet the growing health care needs of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie communities.  SCHHS is a multi-campus health service and employees may be required to work across various locations as required.

Values based organisation

The SCHHS is a values based organisation. We are committed to the maintenance of a culture in which we treat our colleagues with respect as we do our patients, consumers and the community. The following Queensland Public Sector values statements underpin behaviours that will support and enable better ways of working and result in better outcomes for our community.

Customers first Ideas into action Unleash potential Be courageous Empower people

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Mandatory qualifications / Professional registration / Other requirements

This position requires:

  • Possession of a medical degree (MBBS or equivalent) from a registered tertiary institution.
  • Possession of a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (or equivalent).
  • Current registration (or be eligible for registration) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to practice as a Specialist in Dermatology.
  • Certified copies of the required qualification must be provided to the appropriate supervisor/manager, prior to the commencement of clinical duties.
  • This position may require you to work a number of weeks per year consistent with adequate supervision of the attached registrar position.
  • As the service grows, the position may involve travel to various facilities within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, although currently all dermatology services are planned to be delivered from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Birtinya.
  • Employees of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) have an obligation under the Public Health Act 2005 s.151(1) to take reasonable precautions and care to minimise risk of infection to other persons.

It is a mandatory requirement for SCHHS employees who are employed in risk category A* (ie. staff with direct contact with blood or body substances), to be immunised and/ or vaccinated against hepatitis B if their work involves or has the foreseeable risk of exposure to hepatitis B. Failure to comply with this mandatory requirement will lead to disciplinary action.

*Refer to Queensland Health CHRISP Guideline, Vaccination of Health Care Workers for a full explanation of staff vaccination requirements and categorisation of roles.

Staff that enter clinical areas (e.g. inpatient units, outpatient units, procedural suites) and/or undertake direct contact with patients or a patient’s environment or working in areas where there is an infection control risk (e.g. food handling areas) must be bare below the elbows at all times whilst in these areas.  Failure to comply with this mandatory requirement may lead to disciplinary action.

*Refer to the SCHHS Procedure: Uniforms, dress standards and personal presentation.

  • This position may require the incumbent to operate a government vehicle and an appropriate licence endorsement to operate this type of vehicle is required (Queensland ‘C’ class licence). Proof of this endorsement must be provided before commencement of duty.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate the following key requirements, knowledge and experience. Within the context of the responsibilities described above under ‘Your role’, the ideal applicant will be someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • High level clinical expertise and comprehensive contemporary knowledge of the provision of patient care in dermatology.
  • Ability to manage the delivery of patient care in area of specialisation.
  • Ability to manage complex clinical situations, ideally within a tertiary level teaching facility.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively use problem solving and conflict resolution frameworks.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders including colleagues, patients and their carers.
  • Ability to facilitate a learning environment by sharing knowledge and expertise, participating in teaching and research activities.
  • Ability to demonstrate ongoing professional development of self and others.
  • Evidence of the implementation of quality improvement and risk management initiatives to improve compliance, patient safety and practice.

Your application

Please provide the following information to the panel to assess your suitability:

  • Your current CV or resume, including the names and contact details of two referees. Referees should have a thorough knowledge of your capabilities, work performance and conduct within the previous two years, and it is preferable to include your current/immediate/past supervisor.
  • Cover letter

How to apply

  • Your application should be submitted online by the closing date.
  • Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.
  • All calls relating to the status of your application once the job has closed should be directed to the contact officer on the role description.
  • Late applications cannot be submitted online. If approval has been granted by the contact officer for a late application to be considered, please contact Recruitment Services on (07) 5370 3723 for submission.
  • If you experience any technical difficulties when accessing please contact 13QGOV (13 74 68).

Additional information

  • Applications remain current for 12 months.
  • Future vacancies across the SCHHS of a temporary, full-time and part-time nature may also be filled through this recruitment process.
  • Pre-employment screening, including criminal history and discipline history checks, may be undertaken on persons recommended for employment. Roles providing health, counselling and support services that involve children will require a blue card, unless otherwise exempt.
  • Employees who are permanently appointed to the SCHHS will be required to undertake a six month probation period to the appointment.
  • Employees who are appointed to the SCHHS are to maintain data quality and manage all information in accordance with legislation, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Employees who are appointed to the SCHHS may be required to travel and work across the SCHHS.
  • All relevant health professionals, who in the course of their duties formulate a reasonable suspicion that a child or youth has been abused or neglected in their home/community environment, have a legislative and a duty of care obligation to immediately report such concerns to Child safety services, Department of Communities.
  • Applicants will be required to give a statement of their employment as a lobbyist ( within one month of taking up the appointment.
  • Applicants may be required to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury which may impact on their ability to perform the role. Details are available in section 571 of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003
  • Only applications from candidates will be accepted; applications that may result in an agency fee will not be considered.