APPLY VIA ECREDENTIAL | Fixed Term (Up to 3 years) Up to 1.0FTE Staff Specialist - Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Blacktown Hospital

Western Sydney Local Health District
REQ199608 Requisition #

 Blacktown Hospital
Fixed Term (Up to 3 years) Up to .0FTE Staff Specialist
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology



Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) serves the second largest and fastest growing population in NSW and is expected to reach around 1.2 million people by 2026. The District is responsible for providing and managing most public health care services within its boundaries and is a leader in delivering contemporary clinical services that spans general and specialist health care services, as well as Statewide and National specialty services.

Western Sydney Local Health District is undertaking a District-wide restructure to realign the facilities and services to the new Clinical Networks to support the strategic development of clinical specialities and make best use of valuable resources to improve services.

The implementation of Women’s Health Clinical Network has given rise to new opportunities for recruitment and appointment of specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. As part of the initial rollout of the Women’s Health Clinical Network, the investment of 3.0 FTE positions are being offered at Blacktown Hospital. The type of appointments on offer includes the following:

  1. Clinical only appointment
  2. Conjoint clinical and academic appointment within the Faculty of Medicine at the relevant affiliated University Medical School (Western Sydney University of Sydney)

The position will be for an initial period of up to 3 years pending a satisfactory performance review for permanent appointment.

The position may be offered on secondment from another WSLHD facility to facilitate clinical services delivery at Blacktown whilst the incumbent seeks to complete higher studies and/or research via the conjoint academic appointment.

The type of appointment and contract FTE will be negotiated with successful applicants to ensure that clinical services needs are met and allows the incumbent to pursue academic and research interests within rostered and remunerated non-clinical sessions.

WSLHD has 2 major academic partners affiliated with Blacktown Hospital and these positions have the potential to be affiliated with either University dependent on applicant’s interests and available funding. The clinical services role will be from 0.6FTE with a potential academic component being 0.2-0.4 FTE with the weekly schedule of clinical duties and undertakings determined in consultations with the successful applicant, Head of Women’s Health Department Blacktown Hospital and relevant University Clinical School.

Western Sydney University (WSU): The Blacktown/Mt Druitt Clinical School was the second Clinical School of Western Sydney University's School of Medicine. Located at Blacktown/Mt Druitt Hospital, the School brings together expert medical teachers and has new facilities to create outstanding opportunities for clinical education. The Clinical School and Research Centre provides facilities for teaching and research. The Research Centre will house staff working on clinical trials in its dry lab space, in addition to extensive wet laboratory facilities. The Clinical Skills Lab provides a simulated environment where students can learn in a safe learning environment before proceeding to the ward situation. The expansion of WSUs Westmead Health and Medical Precinct – the Innovation Quarter – presents an extraordinary opportunity to work with Western Sydney University, and alongside other leading health organisations, to address the most pressing challenges confronting our communities. Exemplifying international best-practice, the Innovation Quarter will bring Western Sydney University together with community, healthcare, industry, and government partners. This integrated, collaboratively-driven approach will help deliver outstanding health, economic and social outcomes. The University will base three of its renowned research institutes in the Innovation Quarter: the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development, the NICM Health Research Institute and the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI). These institutes already work in close partnership with organisations spanning the health sector to conduct outstanding and impactful research and development; a presence in Western Sydney will further amplify the opportunities of partnership and the outcomes that joint research, innovation, and training provide.

University of Sydney: The academic strategy and initiative in the Western Precinct of the University of Sydney is led by Professor Dharmintra Pasupathy, Professor of Maternal & Fetal Medicine. The strategy is delivered via the Specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Westmead Reproduction and Perinatal Medicine Centre (WRAP). The Specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is responsible for the delivery of undergraduate education teaching and assessment for the MD 2020 program. The WRAP Centre is a research centre of the University of Sydney, the strategy encompasses research and educational initiatives that span pre-conception to pregnancy and birth. It is an interdisciplinary research centre with domains of research that includes:

  1. Population based research
  2. Discovery science
  3. Translational research which includes qualitative research, health economics and e-health
  4. Global Health

The WRAP centre brings together leading academics and clinicians in the Western Precinct and also has established collaborations with senior researchers in the Northern and Central Precincts from the specialty, School of Medicine and the wider Faculty of Medicine and Health.

The post holder will have the opportunity to either focus on supporting the teaching or research strategy of the speciality and the WRAP centre. A clear program of activity will be developed with Professor Pasupathy to deliver on the academic commitment of the post (up to 0.4 FTE). This post may be considered suitable for a candidate who may be at the early stages of academic development to more established post graduate researchers. Opportunities for clinical, translational and laboratory-based research will be actively supported.

Education and teaching initiatives will also be supported, and this will include the further development of postgraduate health professional education programmes in maternal and perinatal medicine. These initiatives will be developed on behalf of University of Sydney drawing on expertise within the Western Precinct and the wider Faculty.

Accordingly, applications are invited from suitably qualified medical practitioners for the above positions in the Western Sydney Local Health District. The successful applicant is required to have the necessary skills and experience to meet the model Core Scope of Clinical Practice for Obstetrics and Gynaecology for work at Blacktown Hospital within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. The Department is seeking applicants with subspecialty interests including ultrasound, fertility and education.

Conditions of appointment are in accordance with the Staff Specialists (State) Award.

Selection Criteria

  1. Possess or be eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia and possess Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists or equivalent as provided for in the Staff Specialists (State) Award.
  2. Sound clinical knowledge, skills and experience that meet the model Core Scope of Clinical Practice for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and demonstrated through successful clinical practice in an environment appropriate to the requirements of the position.
  3. Demonstrated skills and attitudes appropriate for practice as a Senior Medical Practitioner including: High level interpersonal and communication skills; Demonstrated ability working within a multidisciplinary team; Experience and involvement in quality assurance activities and evidence-based best practice; and Demonstrated commitment to teaching and supervision.
  4. Familiarity with research concepts and commitment to support basic, applied or clinical research within the Department.
  5. Demonstrated interest in obstetric ultrasound, fertility and/or education
  6. Preparedness to participate in a hospital, service or LHD on-call roster.

Working With Children Check  

Applicants must provide evidence of a Working with Children Check issued by the Office of Communities Commission for Children and Young People. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Commission for Children and Young People website: WWCC WEBSITE

The Position Description can be located via e-credential, please refer to the link below.

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Applications must be received by 5pm before the advertised closing date.



Dr Maria Luisa Martin      

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