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Trainee Position

  • 3 Registrars, 6 months x 2 terms/year (12 month job share possible)
    • accredited for 6 months Rural/Regional training or General Paediatrics with perinatal component
  • 1 Fellow, 12 months only
    • accredited for 6 months Community/Developmental & 6 months Rural/Regional training

Trainee Level

  • Preferably Advanced Trainee (post FRACP exams)


  • Dr David Tickell: davetickell@yahoo.com.au; 03) 53204000

Roster and on-call

  • Registrar - Rotating 5 week roster (Paeds ward; SCN/birth suite; outpatients; teaching/outpatients; regional outreach); on call 1 night/wk (4 out of 5 weeks), 1:6 weekends
  • Fellow - Outpatient-based, on call 1 night/wk, 1:6 weekends


  • 20 paediatric beds
  • 12 bed level 4 SCN (1,400 deliveries per year)
  • busy Emergency Department (17,000 paediatric presentations/year)
  • ICU keeps some kids

Junior Staff

  • 5 Residents (incl. 1 JRMO from RCH paeds program), 24 hour ward cover;
  • 6 senior trainees: 1 Fellow & 5 Registrars (3 x Paeds Advanced Trainees, 1 x Victorian Basic Paediatric Training Consortium Registrar, 1 x GP Reg) - note that VBPTC Reg and GP Reg not appointed through this application process.

Senior Staff

  • 9 x part time VMOs in group practice (incl. one neonatologist), 24 hour weekly ward cover

Clinics (that trainees can attend)

  • All outpatients have direct consultant supervision
  • 4 Gen Paeds clinics/wk as well as outreach to Stawell & Horsham
  • Fortnightly Diabetic clinic
  • Fortnightly Child Protection clinic
  • Monthly Immigrant Health Clinic
  • Regional Paediatric week - outreach visits (inpatient & outpatient, education, Telehealth)
  • others: VPRS clinic, Continence clinic

Education and Teaching

  • Weekly Registrar Rural teaching program
  • Grand rounds 2x/wk
  • Monthly M&M, monthly clinical meeting, monthly MDM
  • Fortnighly journal club
  • Medical student & resident teaching
  • PROMPT & Neoresus (both run locally)
  • Fellow CCCH program


  • As per award plus on call allowance, call backs and overtime


  • Provided, walking distance to hospital, can cater for families, partially reimbursed rent

    Ballarat is a town of 100,000 residents 90 minutes west of Melbourne, close to wineries, mountain hiking, spa towns and not far from coastal beaches. It also has a rapidly growing cultural life of its own, with plenty of restaurants, bars, music and theatre.  

    We provide paediatric care to the Grampians Region extending to the South Australian border, with a new Regional Paediatric Model of care in 2022, which our trainees will be a part of.

    Trainees find the positions here challenging but extremely rewarding given the high level of responsibility. The diverse range of patients that are often not managed directly by general paediatrics in the metropolitan setting, along with a high acuity neonatal throughput, allows our trainees a true experience of general paediatrics. We offer ample opportunity for broad outpatient exposure to many behavioural and community paediatric conditions and good exposure to assessment of child abuse and sexual assault cases.  There is also a broad range of outreach services.