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Date: 16-Nov-2022

Location: 50 Flemington Rd, AU

Company: theroyalch

The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) Vision is “A world where all kids thrive”.

RCH is a cornerstone member of the Melbourne Children’s Campus, partnering with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

RCH has cared for the children and young people of Victoria for more than 150 years since it was founded in 1870. A full range of paediatric and adolescent health services are provided plus tertiary and quaternary care for the most critically ill and medically complex patients in Victoria. Tasmania, southern NSW and other states around Australia and overseas. The Hospital has more than 6,000 staff, a budget of $850M, 12 wards and 350 beds. Annually, the RCH has 300,000+ Specialist Clinic appointments, 90,000+ Emergency Department presentations and 20,000 elective surgeries.

The RCH is committed to the Child Safe Standards

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact.

For further Information on RCH is available here.

•              Full-time, ongoing role

•              Parkville, Biomedical Precinct

•              Lead and contribute to exciting clinical research


Neonatologist - 1.0 EFT full-time, ongoing


The Newborn Intensive Care Unit:

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level 6b quaternary-level referral service which provides intensive and high-dependency family-centred care to approximately 800 infants each year. The NICU has a capacity of 35 cots (20-22 intensive care, 13-15 high dependency) and receives referrals of infants from a) maternity hospitals throughout Victoria, southern NSW and Tasmania, b) tertiary perinatal centres, and c) the RCH Emergency Department and other internal wards. The RCH is not a birthing centre therefore, there are no inborn babies.


Infants with a wide range of complex medical and surgical conditions are managed in the NICU. However, the Unit is particularly well recognised for its expertise in the management of infants with severe respiratory failure complicated by pulmonary hypertension, complex congenital malformations, airway obstruction, and a wide range of surgical conditions, particularly congenital diaphragmatic hernia and oesophageal atresia. Term infants with congenital heart disease, and those requiring extracorporeal support, are managed in the RCH Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, although the NICU does manage premature neonates with congenital heart disease prior to and after their recovery from cardiac surgery.


The Role:

The Neonatal Physician will provide clinical care for all infants admitted to the Butterfly Newborn Intensive Care Unit of the RCH. They will provide leadership in working within a multidisciplinary team, which includes other neonatal consultants and subspecialist consultants throughout the hospital. This involves ensuring the highest quality care, education and research, strong staff engagement and support, and effective relationships with the community and consumers of care.


The ideal candidate for this role will have experience working in a tertiary-level NICU as a Consultant. Other experience and expertise, which would be desirable to complement our current Senior Medical Staff team, include an interest in neonatal neurodevelopment/neurology, and/or a higher degree (completed or in progress) and/or experience supervising research projects.


The successful candidate will:

• Provide family-centred clinical care for all infants admitted to the NICU of the RCH with the other neonatal consultants, shared on a pro-rata basis.

• Provide leadership in working within a multidisciplinary team, which includes other Neonatal Consultants, Neonatal Fellows and Registrars, Nurses, Allied Health Specialists, Ward Clerks, Administrative and Patient Service Assistants, and other subspecialist teams throughout the hospital.

• Participate with the other neonatal consultants in the on-call and recall service of the NICU on a pro-rata basis

• Participate in the follow-up of infants discharged from the NICU.

• Provide leadership in the neonatal team’s liaison with referring Paediatricians, General Practitioners, Obstetricians, and other relevant healthcare providers.

• Assist the Director in the administration of the Department, as delegated.

• Attend clinical management, planning or business meetings, as directed by the Director.

• Actively participate in the teaching programme of the NICU and contribute to the education of medical students and FRACP candidates.

• Provide supervision and training for junior medical staff.

• Participate in and/or initiate research programmes in the NICU and Department of Neonatal Medicine.

• Contribute to the department’s Quality & Safety Improvement Initiatives, as delegated.

• Undertake continuing professional development, including departmental SMS training, as per AHPRA medical practitioner registration requirements and as directed by the Director.


The successful candidate will have:


• Specialist medical registration with AHPRA, or equivalent body.

• FRACP or equivalent, and completion of advanced training in Perinatal/Neonatal Medicine.


  • Experience working in a Senior Medical Staff position within a tertiary level NICU, and/or
  • Subspecialty interest in subspecialty area, such as Neonatal Neurodevelopment/Neurology, Cardiology/Haemodynamics, other.
  • A Higher degree, completed or in progress, and/or
  • Experience of supervising research projects.


To view the Position Description, please click here


Applicants must apply online attaching certified credentials and a completed “SMS Application for Appointment Form”.

Please contact Dr Leah Hickey at for further information on the department, the role, working and remuneration conditions.

Why work at the RCH?

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact. We offer the opportunity to work in world-class facilities,  surrounded by Royal Park and only a short tram trip from the heart of Melbourne city.

We also offer discounted staff parking, salary packaging, and an award-winning health and wellbeing program.

The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse background,  all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

It is a requirement of your employment that you be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and Influenza annually for Category A and B roles, in compliance with any public health orders in place at the relevant time, unless you have a medical exception in line with those public health orders, which has been accepted by The Royal Children’s Hospital.  Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government Immunisation History Statement, it is a requirement of the RCH to collect, record and hold vaccination information.

It is also a requirement of your employment that you comply with any direction given by The Royal Children’s Hospital that you be vaccinated against, or prove immunity to, any other disease, unless you have a relevant exemption


Are you ready to join our team? 

 Apply online by clicking on the “Apply” button

Applications close 13 December 2022