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Chief Medical Officer

Job Title: Chief Medical Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Clayton, Victoria
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: BBBH24457_1543449716
Contact Name: Catherine Reidy
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 29, 2018 11:01

Job Description

Monash Health is Victoria's largest public health service and is proud to provide healthcare to one quarter of Melbourne's population, across the entire life-span from newborn and children, to adults, the elderly, their families and carers. Monash is synonymous with scientific discovery, award winning clinical practice and many world first innovations in healthcare and is recognised as a leading teaching and research health service of international standing. Monash has a rich heritage of providing health care to the people of Victoria reaching back to the middle of the 1800's and has an exciting roadmap for the future in their relentless pursuit of excellence.


Monash Health are looking to recruit the key hires of the Chief Medical Officer (reporting to the CEO) and the Director Medical Services (reporting to the Chief Medical Officer). Both roles represent an exciting opportunity to build and shape the future of Monash Health during a time when the organisation must evolve to meet the changing health care needs of their community including a significant increase in demand for services due to population growth, an ageing population, increase in chronic illness, new discoveries, new treatments and new technologies, people's changing needs and expectations, and financial constraints.


To appropriately prepare for and deliver their ambitious but achievable plans, Monash Health requires true medical leaders responsible for helping to drive the following very specific expectations.


Chief Medical Officer


Medical Doctor Engagement:

  • working with Monash, to improve the lives of patients, and all of the lives the organisation comes into contact with, including the lives of other medical doctors

  • identifying and growing medical leaders

  • communicating the organisation's core goals, offering training when necessary, improving opportunities for medical doctors to have input into strategies and plans that affect them, and providing ongoing career support

  • equipping medical doctors for the management and implementation of change

  • raising medical doctors level of influence and executive input. Assisting doctors to develop stronger communication, relationship and network building skills


Medical Workforce Strategy and Planning:

  • assessing the impact of service growth and taking a more structured and proactive approach to building and maintaining the Monash Health medical workforce

  • identifying and responding to ongoing and emerging health workforce policy challenges

  • tackling challenges in balancing service provision and training and driving the development of Monash Health as an employer of choice for doctors in training

  • understanding of system-level and individual-level determinants of doctors' choices / patterns of workforce participation, and implementing innovative strategies ensuring that now and in future there are sufficient doctors, with the right skills, in the right places


Peer, Line and Executive Leadership:

  • forging alliances and aligning goals that create meaningful operational liaison to deliver safe, high quality care

  • influencing medical doctors, medical leaders, the executive and board to create working relationship that benefit all, thereby developing a unified culture that leverages respective strengths

  • demonstrating accountability for outcomes to the CEO, Board and other senior stakeholders with respect to engaging and aligning medical staff, improving performance metrics and improving quality of care

  • showing decisive, evidence based leadership and continually working on improving how things are done, seeking different perspectives, and bringing people along a purposeful mission

  • understanding and working with the political, economic, social, and technological drivers for change across the organisational and systemic contexts

  • creating a working environment which is open and participative, where ideas and good practice are shared, where education and research are valued


Clinical Governance Best Practice:

  • ensuring clinical governance is rigorous in its application, organisation-wide in its emphasis and accountable in its delivery

  • integrating service performance, clinical quality and financial control at every level

  • pursuing best practice in:

  • Professional performance (technical quality)

  • Resource use (efficiency)

  • Risk management

  • Patients' satisfaction with the service provided

  • minimising variations in quality and safety performance through acting on failures in standards of care whether detected through complaints, audit, untoward incidents, or routine surveillance

  • addressing how good practice can be recognised in one service and transferred to others


You will:

  • be registered with AHPRA and have appropriate tertiary level qualifications

  • have demonstrated senior leadership experience in an acute hospital setting, familiarity with relevant issues in the public health care system and knowledge of the relevant legislation and governance requirements

  • be a proven leader with strong people leadership skills with the ability to present at Board and senior levels and influence senior key stakeholders both within and outside the organisation

  • ideally have fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA) / be working towards FRACMA or an equivalent health services management qualification


Candidate information:

Please click here to dowload a copy of the detailed executive brief. For more information, please contact Catherine Reidy of Derwent by email or call (03) 9691 1314. Please quote job reference # 24457. 

To apply: 

Please submit a CV and cover letter (MS Word) to Catherine Reidy of Derwent addressing the abovementioned areas of expertise, please quote reference number # 24457. Applications must be lodged electronically. 

Applications close: 27 December 2018.



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