The Opportunity

Executive Director Medical Services

Job Title: Executive Director Medical Services
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Canberra
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2022-01-13
Reference: BH-29213-1
Contact Name: Rob Macmillan
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 14, 2022 16:44

Job Description

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is a world class tertiary health care organisation which delivers a range of high quality, patient centred services for patients and consumers across the ACT and surrounding Southern NSW region. Services are delivered through a range of health facilities and networks including Canberra Hospital, University of Canberra Hospital, Walk-in Centres and Community Health Centres. CHS has strong academic and research partnerships with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University and is one of the largest employers in the region, with a workforce of c8,000. CHS is now seeking an outstanding Executive Director Medical Services (EDMS).

Reporting to the CEO, the EDMS will:

  • Provide expert professional and clinical leadership in the strategic and operational management of medical services and medical workforce across CHS, ensuring the delivery of effective, safe and high quality care;
  • Work closely with, and advise, the executive leadership team and stakeholders on all professional medical workforce issues;
  • Contribute to achieving overall strategic and operational objectives of CHS, during an exciting period of growth, investment, redevelopment and change;
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Patient Support Services and the Executive Director Allied Health, lead the creation and implementation of world class clinical governance and patient safety strategies;
  • Model a patient centred approach to care with a focus on the total patient experience, ensuring service delivery across CHS is based on global best practice and reflects the highest standards;
  • Forge collegial relationships across a variety of stakeholders including ACT Health, academic and research partners, community groups, private hospitals, primary health and other health services;
  • Act as an ambassador for CHS, ensuring that the needs and views of CHS are fairly represented in external forums;
  • Foster a responsive, future focused and contemporary culture which supports all staff to deliver true excellence.

We are seeking an experienced medical leader who has ideally held an EDMS / DMS (or potentially deputy role) within a comparable health service and who has a track record of leading and driving successful transformation. The person may hold a RACMA Fellowship, we equally value Fellowship from another Medical College. Critical to the person’s success will be their proven track record of leading medical workforce and clinical governance teams and initiatives within a complex hospital or health service. The person will demonstrate strong communication and engagement skills at all levels, solid financial awareness and a track record of successfully forging powerful relationships with medical staff, the executive team and the broader clinical community. Professionally, CHS offers the flexibility to balance this role with other activities such as research and teaching or clinical practice, depending upon individual aspirations and preferences.

This represents an exciting opportunity to support world class healthcare across this thriving community. It also offers the prospect of living in the beautiful and picturesque ACT region and becoming part of the friendly and community centred culture which the area is renowned for. CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

To download a copy of the Candidate Information Pack which includes details about the organisation, the role, and how to apply, please CLICK HERE. To discuss further, please contact Rob Macmillan, Partner at Derwent Search or Hannah Majcic at or call 02 9091 3266.

Applications close: Tuesday 1st February 2022