Visiting Medical Specialist - General Surgery

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Jul 19, 2021
Medicine Part-time

Job Description:

Launceston General Hospital's Department of Surgery are seeking a Visiting Medical Specialist in General Surgery that has a wide skill set enabling them to cover all general surgery emergencies with sub speciality experience in breast surgery desirable.

With multiple reforms unfolding across the state, if you have ever thought about Tasmania - now is the time.

Launceston is a liveable city, just a short flight from Melbourne, where the close proximity of our teams allows you to work collegially. Find yourself a heritage home in the city within walking distance of cafes, culture and Cataract Gorge’s city wilderness, base yourself in a country town or in the Tamar Valley amid vineyards, berry farms and lavender plantations. Launceston hosts a busy University of Tasmania campus, and a vibrant medical community.

Hours/Period of Appointment

Fixed term, part time, day work, 24 hours per fortnight to commence from 2 AUGUST 2021 until 2 AUGUST 2024. Notwithstanding hours and start date may be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications, as per the Tasmanian Visiting Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Agreement 2019.


Duties include the following weekly activities:

1. Clinical Activities:

1.1 Provide specialist diagnosis, treatments, and care of public patients

1.2 Operating in the Main Theatre Suite

1.3 Operating in the Day Procedure Unit (as appropriate)

1.4 Seeing patients in the Outpatient Clinic

1.5 To arrange onward referral of patients for services not available within the region

1.6 Ensure good communication regarding patient care with referring units and community practitioners

1.7 Weekly Grand Rounds

1.8 On call for emergencies during and out of hours

1.9 Provide consultative service for other specialty units.

1.10 Supervise the clinical work of the junior medical staff in the unit.

2. Quality Assurance Activities within the LGH:

1.11 Participating in Unit Management Meetings and Department and Hospital Management Committee meetings

1.12 Participating in continuing education meetings and Department of Surgery Morbidity and Mortality meetings.

1.13 Teaching about and supervision of clinical staff (Doctors and Nurses) quality assurance activities

1.14 Collecting and coordinating data and statistics so that they can be utilised for accreditation purposes and quality assurance

1.15 Ensuring accurate clinical records are maintained for each patient

1.16 Overseeing the quality of care provided by the junior medical staff.

3. Teaching & Research:

3.1 Undergraduate teaching, including tutorials for students of the University of Tasmanian Medical School

3.2 Supervise and provide adequate training for Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) trainees and other junior medical staff on rotation to the unit

3.3 Supervision and teaching of junior medical staff

3.4 Participate in clinical reviews and research activities at the LGH.

4. On-Call Roster:

4.1 Participate in an out-of-hours on-call roster with other consultants.

5. Other Duties:

5.1 Actively participate in and contribute to the organisation’s Quality & Safety and Work Health & Safety processes, including the development and implementation of safety systems, improvement initiatives and related training, ensuring that quality and safety improvement processes are in place and acted upon.

5.2 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.

Location: Launceston General Hospital - Department of Surgery

Essential Requirements

  • Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant specialty
  • Refer to SoD for further essential requirements
  • 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 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) or equivalent
  • Surgical Sub Specialisation in Breast Surgery

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents

(image) Generic Visiting Medical Specialist VS01-04 (July 2021).pdf
(image) Generic Visiting Medical Specialist VS01-04 (July 2021).docx
THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.pdf
THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.docx

How to apply

Online applications are preferred, please click the blue Apply Now button. If you apply online please do not send a hard copy application as well.


Complete the following application form and email your application to the listed contact person including the below form:
Application for Employment (PDF).pdf
Application for Employment (Word).docx


Post your application with the above application form to:

Tasmanian Health Service
Human Resources and Organisational Development
PO Box 1963

In order to be considered for this position it is a requirement that you address the selection criteria which are located in the Statement of Duties.

For more information

Dr Stuart Day
Director of Surgical and Perioperative Services
[email protected]
(03) 6777 6591

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