Career Medical Officer Emergency Department Illawarra NSW

Career Medical Officer (CMO)

  • Current Rotations/Networks (which may change from time to time)
  • Possible rotation to Shellharbour and Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital

Career Medical Officer Emergency Department Illawarra NSW

To deliver effective medical care in the area of obstetrics and gynaecology under the supervision of the specialist staff. The clinical care will be delivered with consultation and inclusion of the multidisciplinary team within the Illawarra Area.Health service.
The CMO is a key person who works closely with all members of staff and must work as part of and contribute to a multidisciplinary team, deal with matters of an urgent and sensitive nature; have the ability to exercise discretion, sensitivity and maintain confidentiality; work cooperatively within a team environment and actively contribute to the team.

Position Requirements

The CMO must be able to deal proficiently with the initial assessment and management of women presenting with normal and abnormal obstetric related conditions and emergencies. Also proficient in the initial assessment and management of gynaecological conditions. The clinician will liaise with consultants regarding
patient care.
Career Medical Officer Emergency Department Illawarra NSW

The CMO will be responsible for technical procedures including:

  • Clinical management of the Birthing Unit and maternity inpatient ward
  • Assessment of obstetric patients including medical conditions and fetal welfare
  • Acute resuscitation of obstetric patients and neonates
  • Operative vaginal deliveries, including mid-cavity forceps and vacuum
  • Caesarean section
  • Assessment of patients presenting through the emergency department with complications in early pregnancy ensuring appropriate management and followup.
  • Gynaecological surgery
  • Diagnostic and basic operative laparoscopy
  • Curettage and hysteroscopy
  • Laparotomy and adnexal surgery for lesions, infection and cysts
  • Prenatal clinic management
  • Assessment of low and high risk antenatal obstetric patients
  • Ordering and appropriate interpretation of investigations
  • Proficient in the interpretation of
  • Local Background & Environment
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) is responsible for funding, organizing and delivering public health services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions.
The area administered by the ISLHD stretches along the coast south of the Sydney metropolitan area and spans three Local Government Areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven. The area’s population is just over 400 000 and is growing by 0.9% per year with the higher growth being experienced in Kiama and Shoalhaven.
The Wollongong Hospital is a major regional hospital located in the northern Illawarra approximately 60 minutes south of Sydney CBD.
The Wollongong Hospital is a 500+ bed center which provides both general and specialty medical and surgical services including adult intensive care and coronary care units. The Illawarra has a varied ethnic makeup and reflects the NSW State average in its demographics
and socio-economics.

Key Internal and External Relationships

  • Key Internal Relationships – Clinical streams – Multidisciplinary teams –
  • Consumers/Carers – Other Clinical Divisions – Hospital Administration Key External
  • Relationships – Consumer/Carers – GP’s – Community – Police, Ambulance

Supervision Arrangements

The Doctor will receive supervision and support from the Staff Specialists.

Challenges/Problem Solving In the event of excessive patient activity, the medical officer is required to discuss the situation with the specialist on duty.

The CMO will meet on a regular basis with, Clinical Director and Midwifery Co-Director to discuss issues relating to the performance of the position. In the event of sick leave, the medical officer is to notify the JMO Unit and the senior member of the O&G team of the intended absence.

All other leave is to be discussed with the team in relation to availability. The Co-Director approves all applications for leave. Leave will only be granted where service provision is not compromised.

Decision Making

All clinical activities are fully identified and explained within the authorized policy and practice guidelines. The stream policies are to be adhered to at all times. Consult with a specialist for any complicating cases.

Communication Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills are required.Performance Monitoring Attendance at Departmental training sessions and Unit meetings – Annual.Performance Evaluation & Development Review (e.g. in-training assessments)

Selection Criteria

  • MBBS or equivalent, currently registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Minimum 2 years O&G experience with the ability to manage a busy birthing unit with O&G Specialist back-up
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently within a supervised complex clinical environment utilizing excellent clinical skills, judgement and expertise.
  • Demonstrated teamwork, time management and problem solving skills as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience and willingness to participate in clinical governance activities to ensure a clinically safe environment

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