BASIC TRAINEE Acute Care (522018 & 522308) - Royal Hobart Hospital

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • May 6, 2024
Medicine Full-time

Job Description:


Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Award


Medical Practitioner Level 5 (Registrar)


$131,000 per annum

Period of Employment

Fixed-term, full-time for 12 months, commencing 3 February 2025 until 2 February 2026

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


Anaesthetics/ICU - Royal Hobart Hospital

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Basic Trainee in Acute Care (previously known as SRMO- Acute Care)

The Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM) and the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (DAPM) at the Royal Hobart Hospital offer prevocational positions as Basic Trainee’s in Acute Care. These consist of six months in Intensive Care and six months in Anaesthesia during the one-year tenure. Up to 6 positions are available if there are suitable applicants.

These positions are ONLY for candidates who

  1. have a minimum of two years full time equivalent postgraduate hospital clinical experience in Australia or New Zealand,


  1. will be no more than post-graduate year 4 or equivalent, during the year of employment.

Applicants who are post-graduate year 5 or more in 2025 will NOT be considered.

We are looking for doctors with strong clinical skills and knowledge with excellent communication skills, who have career interest in Intensive Care Medicine, Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine or Remote and Rural Medicine (ACCRM).

In ICU, Basic Trainees in Acute Care will work day and night shifts under the supervision of Consultant Intensivists and Senior Registrars. They are rostered with the general registrar pool and have similar duties. After hours, they are supported by ICU registrars working the same shifts and the on-call Senior Registrars and Consultants. They should expect to work regular rostered overtime, with up to 90-95 hours rostered per fortnight/pay period on occasion. Additionally, they may be rostered to our satellite private ICU for short periods. This ICU predominantly cares for high-risk perioperative cases. It admits cardiac surgical, thoracic, and neurosurgical cases, as well as other major perioperative cases. Medical admissions usually arrive via the emergency department. In this role, you will work directly under the supervision of a Consultant Intensivist.

In Anaesthesia, Basic Trainees in Acute Care work under supervision of a Specialist Anaesthetist within main theatres, the day procedure unit, the acute pain service and pre-admission clinics. They will work day and evening shifts with subsequent participation in the weekend after-hours roster when assessed as competent to do so. They also provide general duties in the pre-admission clinic for all surgical specialties approximately 1 day per week.

The RHH has a broad medical and surgical case mix including major trauma, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, paediatric surgery and obstetrics.

Allocation of term order is determined by the two departments. These positions align with the REGISTRAR term dates, commencing 3 February 2025 – 2 February 2026.

Nb. These positions are not available to candidates who have previously held equivalent positions at RHH or elsewhere. Applications from those with extensive prior experience in ICU and/or anaesthesia will be reviewed to determine if suitable for this role, or if the candidate is better suited to a registrar position in either department. This determination will be at our discretion and is not open to negotiation.

Essential Requirements:

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 of any new criminal convictions and/or if a registration/licence is revoked, cancelled or has its conditions altered.

  • General Registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Current Tasmanian Working with Children Registration.
  • 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.

Selection Process:

Essential Requirements listed above are mandatory for all appointed candidates.

Candidates will be selected for interview based on the following criteria:


  1. University of Tasmania graduates and/or current Tasmanian public hospital employees
  2. Previous RMO-level experience in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine Emergency Medicine and other high acuity inpatient medical or surgical services.
  3. Completion of practical acute care and resuscitation courses, such as ALS, BASIC, APLS, EMST and Point of Care Ultrasound.
  4. Demonstrated experience in audit, research, teaching, and safety and quality processes.
  5. Demonstrated experience in leadership roles either within or outside of work.

Additionally, candidates should demonstrate the following personal qualities which will be evaluated throughout the selection process:

  • A strong academic record and aptitude for advanced study
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • The ability to function well in stressful situations, and the readiness to adapt to different work environments
  • A respectful, caring and ethical approach to interactions with colleagues and patients.

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents

(image) Generic Registrar-Senior Registrar MP5-11 (July 2023) CSU (3).pdf
(image) Generic Registrar-Senior Registrar MP5-11 (July 2023) CSU (2).docx
THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.pdf
THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.docx

How to apply

Please submit:

  1. A succinct Cover Letter, limited to TWO pages, outlining:
  1. Current career plans and why you are applying for this position at the Royal Hobart Hospital
  2. Why you think you are suitable for the position, with reference to the criteria listed 1-6 under “Desirable Experience and Criteria”.

Please do not paraphrase or refer to your CV in the Cover Letter – your CV will be assessed separately.

  1. Up to date, detailed, Curriculum Vitae (CV).

The Selection Panel prefers applicants to not use THS/RHH pro-forma CVs.

Your CV should be personalised and include all relevant information to allow assessment of your suitability for the role. Copies of completion certificates for relevant courses should be attached.

  1. Names and contact details for three referees (must be hospital medical supervisors from within the past two years).

These are prevocational Basic Training positions in Acute Care not registrar positions. Recruitment to this position is separate to the RHH’s general RMO pool applications or Registrar recruitment processes.

Candidates short-listed for interview will be advised no later than 26th June 2024.

Interviews are planned for week of 8th July 2024, however these dates may be changed at our discretion.

For further information:

Dr David Rigg
Senior Staff Specialist Intensivist

Dr Bronwyn Posselt
Staff Specialist Anaesthetist

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