Palliative Care Medical Specialist (South) (505596)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Mar 10, 2023
Medicine Flexible

Job Description:

The Department of Health is seeking interest from a suitably qualified applicants for Palliative Care Medical Specialist permanent and fixed term vacancies.

The Royal Hobart Hospital is the State’s tertiary referral centre and is also the primary teaching hospital for the University of Tasmania School of Medicine. The Hospital provides most specialist medical services for the region or state.

The Department of Palliative Care has specialists with a range of clinical, teaching and research interests and experience. This is a supportive, coherent and highly functioning team which is motivated to meet the service needs of our community.


A remuneration package comprising the Agreement base salary, relevant allowances and other entitlements will be negotiated with the successful applicant dependent on clinical experience and seniority.


Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1 to Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 3 in accordance with the Salaried Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Agreement 2019

  • Access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Levels 1, 2 and 3 as described in the Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award.


Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award

Period of Employment

Permanent part-time day work (with on-call) position, working 54.72 hours* per fortnight (0.72 FTE) available to commence ASAP.

In addition, Fixed term part-time day work (with on call) position, working 53.2 hours* per fortnight (0.7 FTE) available to commence ASAP, (up to a maximum of 36 months).

*Notwithstanding hours to be negotiated with the successful applicant/s

  • Applicants should note that, for a period of twelve months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar full time and part time vacancies.


Palliative Care Service Hobart,

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Primary Purpose

Overall responsibility for the provision of effective specialist palliative care medical services, consultancy and advice to palliative care patients and family. Teaching and support for general practitioners, undergraduate students, generalist health service providers, and specialist health service providers within the Palliative Care Service, the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH), the Palliative Care Unit (J.W. Whittle) and Palliative Care community based settings.


  1. Clinical Role:
  • Responsibility for providing specialist direct medical treatment and care to palliative care patients in inpatient and community based settings.
  • Provides specialist palliative care medical support and advice to medical practitioners, palliative care nurses and social workers and where necessary, provide direct patient care to referred patients
  • Provides consultancy service within the Palliative Care Service, the RHH, Palliative Care Unit (P1 and Whittle), and the community based settings and facilitates a seamless service for clients
  1. Service Role:
  • Participate in conjunction with other members of the inter/multidisciplinary team in continually designing, evaluating and improving the standard and outcomes of the clinical palliative care services provided.
  • Provide expert clinical consultancy, review, advice and support to other members of the inter/multidisciplinary team.
  • Ensure complaints are recorded and investigated in accordance with Departmental guidelines.
  1. Academic - Teaching and Research:
  • Participate in teaching programs of medical, nursing and health professional undergraduate and post graduate students in palliative care.
  • Participate in teaching programs of, and aid in the support of, rural and urban generalist medical practitioners.

Essential Requirements

  • Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant specialty

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer. The following checks are to be conducted:
1. Conviction checks in the following areas:
a) Crimes of Violence
b) Sex Related Offences
c) Serious Drug Offences
d) Crimes involving dishonesty
2. Identification check
3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Desirable Requirements

  • Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FChPM) or a senior medical practitioner with a minimum of 4 years’ experience in Palliative Medicine
  • Current Driver’s Licence

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents

(image) 505595, 505596 Palliative Care Medical Specialist SMP1-11 (Dec 2022) HR22.pdf
(image) 505595, 505596 Palliative Care Medical Specialist SMP1-11 (Dec 2022) HR22.docx
(image) 0. Department of Health - Applicant Guide June 2022.pdf
(image) 0. Department of Health - Applicant Guide June 2022.docx

What do I submit with my application?

Please ensure your application includes:

  • A current CV
  • 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the attached statement of duties
  • Qualifications

How do I submit my application?

Apply Online. Please click the "Apply" button on this screen. This ensures important questions about you are answered.

You will be prompted to complete a 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the attached statement of duties.

Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Referee details are submitted as part of the online application so ensure you have the contact details for two referees before applying.

Please do not send hard copy applications to the contact person.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted by an Agency on behalf of an applicant will not be considered at this time.

For more information contact

Dr Robyn Thomas
Head of Department / Palliative Care Medical Specialist (South)
Phone: 0421 042 420
[email protected]

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