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Nursing Director

Canberra Health Services
Clinical Services

Women, Youth and Children's Services
Women's and Children's Health 

Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Registered Midwife Level 5.5

Salary Range: $164,734 (PN: 15570)

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is a modern health service provider of most major medical and surgical sub-specialties. The CHS provides acute, sub-acute, primary, ambulatory and community‐based health services to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of over 400,000 people. The CHS also serves the surrounding south-eastern New South Wales region with a population in excess of 650,000. This region includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range of publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 620-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC): a modern purpose built hospital located on the Canberra Hospital campus offering a range of inpatient and outpatient services for women, children and families including a range of community based services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provide a range of health services across the Territory from prevention and treatment through to recovery and maintenance at a number of locations and in varied environments including within the Territory’s detention facilities.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.

CHS is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, Canberra Institute of Technology the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

Women, Youth and Children’s Services delivers services at a number of locations, including the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres and other community settings including peoples home. These services include:

  • Paediatrics and Children’s Health
  • Neonatology
  • Maternity Services for Women and Babies
  • Community Health Programs for women and families.

Overview of the work area and position:

The Director of Nursing and Midwifery (DON/M), reports to the Executive Director Women, Youth and Children’s Services (WY&C), and has a professional reporting line to the Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery. The DON/M will participate actively in the Divisions leadership team. There is an expectation that the successful applicant will maintain accountability for their own practice standards and education.

The position holder is expected to operate within the Public Sector Management Act (1994), the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct and the professional requirements specified by the appointee’s Specialist College.

The position will be accountable and responsible to the Executive Director – Women, Youth and Children’s Health Services through an Individual Learning and Development Plan.  

A key role will be to ensure nursing and midwifery engagement with the Division. The appointee will be expected to represent the Division both internally and externally in a range of strategic and planning forums.

The Director of Nursing/Midwifery, the Clinical Director, the Director of Allied Health and the Director of Community Care will work in partnership to ensure high quality outcomes for the people who use the services across the Division. The appointee will be expected to provide a high level of clinical leadership to ensure that allocated resources are managed to meet all service delivery targets.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in both Nursing and Midwifery.


Tertiary qualifications or equivalent and eligibility for membership of the appropriate professional organisation.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases

Contact Officer: Katrina Bracher (02) 5124 7389 katrina.bracher@act.gov.au

For further information, please visit www.health.act.gov.au ref 01KLR

Applications Close: 08 August 2019