Staff Specialist - Palliative Care (516540)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Aug 19, 2021
Medicine Flexible

Job Description:

The Tasmanian Health Service is an innovative and dynamic organisation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community. We are committed to providing the highest levels of healthcare and services.

Hours/Period of Appointment

Permanent, full time, day working 76 hours per fortnight to commence from 5 SEPTEMBER 2021. Notwithstanding hours may be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1- Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 3 $159,262 - $242,079 per annum

Please note that access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range $229,337-$242,079 is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1, 2 or 3 as described in the Salaried Medical Practitioners Interim Agreement 2019.


  1. Clinical Role:
  • Be responsible for direct specialist medical treatment and care to palliative care clients of inpatient and community based settings.
  • Provide specialist palliative care medical support and advice to medical practitioners (specialist and general), palliative care team members and where necessary, provide direct patient care to referred clients.
  • Provide consultancy service within the Specialist Palliative Care Service, the Launceston General Hospital, the Melwood Unit of Calvary Health Care, District Hospitals, primary care providers, and facilitate a seamless service for clients across a range of inpatient and community based settings.
  1. Service Role:
  • Participate in conjunction with other members of the 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 multidisciplinary team.
  • Ensure complaints are recorded and investigated in accordance with Departmental guidelines.
  • Be involved in peer review and quality improvement activities.
  • Ensure ethical and medico-legal considerations and reporting are observed in all aspects of client management.
  1. Teaching
  • Participate in teaching programs of medical, nursing and health professional undergraduate and postgraduate students in palliative care.
  • Participate in teaching programs of, and aid in the support of, rural and urban generalist medical practitioners.
  • Maintain an active role in supervision and coordination of a program of clinical research activities appropriate to the specialty of palliative care throughout the North.
  1. Leadership and Innovation:
  • Provide leadership in palliative care education and service development to meet the challenge of changing health care systems including care coordination and increased use of information technology.
  • Provide active leadership, mentoring and supervision to medical colleagues.
  • Provide linkages between the various health settings.
  1. Travel across the North to provide services as required.
  2. 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 and related training.
  3. 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: Allambi - Palliative Care

We can offer:

Attractive Salary Package, including On Call Allowance and Call Back, and election to participate in the Private Patient Plan
Negotiable salary including superannuation and access to salary packaging
Relocation and accommodation assistance
Commitment to ongoing professional development, including conference and sabbatical leave, in additional to annual leave entitlements
Flexible work/life balance
Dynamic team environment

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 with the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) or a Specialist Medical Practitioner with extensive experience in Palliative Medicine

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents

(image) 516540 Staff Specialist - Palliative Care SMP1-11 (August 2021) HR.pdf
(image) 516540 Staff Specialist - Palliative Care SMP1-11 (August 2021) HR.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

Kristen Aylmer
Nurse Unit Manager - Palliative Care North
(03) 6777 4587

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