Director - Emergency Department (522408)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Nov 9, 2023
Medicine Full-time

Job Description:

The Tasmanian Health Service is seeking interest from suitably qualified FACEM applicants, with experience in leadership and management of large, complex healthcare or other relevant organisations for the role of Director – Emergency Medicine at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH).

The Royal Hobart Hospital is the tertiary referral hospital in Tasmania and the principal teaching hospital for the University of Tasmania School of Medicine. The hospital provides all general and specialty medical and surgical services as well as paediatrics, obstetrics, and psychiatry. It is also the state’s tertiary trauma centre.

The Emergency Department has direct access to all medical and surgical specialities and has approximately 75,000 presentations per year. The Department has more than 250 staff, consisting of medical, nursing, allied health, clerical, aides, and orderlies.

The Emergency Department is staffed by specialists, registrars, nurses, and clinical support staff who work together as a dynamic team with strong focus on collegiality.


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.

  • Salary range is in accordance with Salaried Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Agreement 2019
  • *Please note that the Salaried Medical Practitioners Agreement has recently been negotiated but is not yet certified by the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. The new salary rates can be found at the following link Medical Practitioner salary rates | Tasmanian Department of Health


Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1-11 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, full-time day work (with on-call), working 76 hours per fortnight commencing as soon as possible.

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.


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The Role

Provide overall direction for the Emergency Department (ED) with responsibility for providing effective clinical, financial, teaching and research services. The leadership team supporting the Director - ED includes an Associate Director and Deputy Directors.

Provide a high level of strategic leadership and direction, ensuring resources are efficiently utilised, services are effectively integrated within the hospital/service and the highest standards of service delivery are achieved in accordance with hospital/service policy directions, service standards and financial targets.

Provide the Critical Care, Clinical Support and Investigations (CCCS&I) Clinical and Nursing Directors with high quality and authoritative advice and support related to emergency care service delivery and planning.

Provide specialist medical care to patients attending the hospital/service.


  • Provide clinical leadership, incorporating principles of best practice to ensure the provision of highest standard of care for ED patients and meet the agreed goals and targets.
  • Identify key factors influencing the current demand and throughput for ED and contribute to planning for future level of demand.
  • Liaise and consult with colleagues across the Department of Health (DoH) to ensure the ED provides the highest standard of clinical care in cooperation with other clinical specialties. Support integrated care for those at risk of high acute service utilisation and safeguard against unplanned re-admissions or avoidable ED presentations.
  • Represent the ED within the relevant management forums of the DoH.
  • Ensures the development, implementation and maintenance of performance management systems which support the ongoing development of individual and team performance and skills for medical, technical and administrative staff.
  • Ensures a system of continuous quality improvement that systematically evaluates and identifies opportunities for improvement and plans to implement strategies to meet patient needs and national and organisational KPIs.
  • Promotes an awareness of and engagement in a culture of patient safety and an obligation to report patient safety concerns.
  • Manage the human, material and financial resources for medical, technical and administrative staff of the ED.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to the organisation’s Quality & Safety and Work Health & Safety processes, including in the development and implementation of safety systems, improvement initiatives, safeguarding practices for vulnerable people, and related training.
  • The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned in this document, that are within the capacity, qualifications and experience normally expected from persons occupying positions at this classification level.

Essential Requirements

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

*Registration/licences that are essential requirements of this role must remain current and valid at all times whilst employed in this role and the status of these may be checked at any time during employment. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure that registration/licences remain current and to advise the Employer if their circumstances change. This includes notifying the Employer if a registration/licence is revoked, cancelled or has its conditions altered.

It is the Employee’s responsibility to notify an Employer of any new criminal convictions during the course of their employment with the Department.

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:
    • crimes of violence
    • sex related offences
    • serious drug offences
    • crimes involving dishonesty
  2. Identification check
  3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

Statement of Duties

522408 Director - Emergency Department SMP1-11 (Oct 2023) CSU.pdf

522408 Director - Emergency Department SMP1-11 (Oct 2023) CSU.docx

Application Guide

Department of Health - Applicant Guide June 2022.pdf
Department of Health - Applicant Guide June 2022.docx

What do I submit with my application?

Please ensure your application includes:

  • A current Resume and covering letter.
  • Qualifications

How do I submit my application?

Online applications are preferred as this ensures you answer important questions about yourself. Please click the "Apply now" button on this screen.

You will be prompted to complete a 1–2-page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the specifics of the role and selection criteria contained in the attached Function Statement.

A separate statement addressing each individual selection criteria is not required.

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, please contact:

John Burgess
Clinical Director Critical Care, Clinical Support and Investigation

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