Staff Specialist - Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (525749)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Jul 5, 2024
Medicine Part-time

Job Description:

The Royal Hobart Hospital and Department of Health is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for a Staff Specialist - Microbiology and Infectious Diseases vacancy. The position will have a microbiology laboratory focus, with clinical infectious diseases sessions available. Dual trained applicants or registrars completing their fellowship are encouraged to apply.

Who are we?

Royal Hobart Hospital is Tasmania’s largest hospital and major referral centre. As the major clinical teaching and research centre, RHH collaborates with the University of Tasmania and other institutions. All our services work closely together to focus on delivering excellence in healthcare to achieve improved outcomes for our consumers, our workforce, and the Tasmanian community.

The RHH Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases provides integrated laboratory and clinical infectious diseases services. The laboratory is the Public Health Laboratory for Tasmania, and includes microbiology, molecular and microbial genomics laboratorie

The Role

  • Provide diagnostic and consultative clinical microbiology services to RHH inpatients and outpatients.
  • Supervise the RHH’s Pathology microbiology and molecular microbiology laboratories, including direct laboratory supervision, policy development, participation in quality activities, assay assessment and development.
  • Assist in providing consultative service in microbiology to hospital specialist units, medical colleagues, and allied health care workers.
  • Liaise with Public Health Services Tasmania regarding infections of public health significance.
  • Provision of clinical infectious diseases services as required, if within scope of practice.
  • Ensure that relevant scope of practice in Microbiology is maintained to ensure that the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPACC) supervisory requirements are met for required testing in Microbiology.

A few of our benefits:

  • Extensive salary packaging options with excellent leave benefits (including professional development leave).
  • Mentoring and support with an inclusive and well-respected team.
  • Diverse specialist career pathways and professional development.
  • Collaborative relationships with a range of professionals across multiple disciplines.
  • Generous relocation support packages plus accommodation support for when you arrive.
  • Employer visa sponsorship and support for families for overseas applicants.

Hobart, Tasmania


Hobart has become a cultural centre, with year-round art and music events and restaurants serving gourmet local produce. Excellent educational opportunities and easy access to outdoor pursuits make this the perfect place to raise a family. Enjoy a more tranquil, community-orientated lifestyle while remaining only a short flight from the busy mainland.

Experience beautiful beaches and pristine alpine regions where you can enjoy a vast variety of sports and outdoor activities to suit everyone on the doorstep of a bustling capital city while enjoying the advantages of a short commute and excellent work-life balance.

In Tasmania you will be encouraged to be yourself, to learn, to grow and to develop meaning in your work. You will have a powerful connection to your patients and your colleagues, and the community will encourage your success. Our isolation helps drive a culture of creation and human connection, which feels both old fashioned and… like the only future worth pursuing.

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Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award

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.

Base salary points range for Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1 at $210,000 through to Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 11 at $288,000 with further salary increments available.

  • Please note that access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range $291,472 - $301,349 is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1, 2 or 3 as outlined in the Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Award

In addition, the following allowances calculated on the salaried incremental point may be available:

  • Allowance in lieu of motor vehicle currently set at $28,389 pro rata per annum, paid fortnightly (with CPI indexation on 1 July each year).
  • Continuing Professional Development Allowance of $16,000 pro rata per annum.
  • Relocation allowance.
  • On call allowance % of Base Salary.
  • All other allowances as per current Award.
  • And subject to approval from the Private Patient Scheme Committee (PPS), 35% of Base salary plus on-call, pro rata) of additional payment will be paid from (PPS). If not admitted to the PPS, a 35% in lieu of PPS of base salary will be paid.

Other Benefits:

  • You will have access to salary package a range of benefits including living expenses up to $9,010 + $2,650 in meal entertainment each FBT year + other benefits if eligible.
  • You will also have access to accommodation and relocation costs.

Details of Appointment

Permanent part-time day work (with on-call), working up to 60.8 hours per fortnight.

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.

Essential Requirements

  • Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant specialty
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA) or equivalent.

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:
    1. Crimes of violence
    2. Sex related offences
    3. Serious drug offences
    4. Crimes involving dishonesty
  2. Identification check
  3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents

Applicant Guide

What do I submit with my application?

Please ensure your application includes:

  • A 1-2 page application statement as related to the statement of duties
  • A current CV
  • The contact details of two referees
  • Qualifications and supporting documents

How to Apply?

Please click the "Apply now" button on this screen.

In order to be considered for this position it is a requirement that you complete a 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the attached statement of duties.

Online applications are preferred as this ensures you answer important questions about yourself. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

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.


PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted by an Agency on behalf of an applicant will be considered provided that the Agency is currently contracted to provide services to the Department of Health.

For more information contact

Dr Louise Cooley
Head of Department – Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Phone: (03) 6166 8741

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