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Southwest Healthcare Warrnambool

Please note that Warrnambool is only advertising for a 6 month position in the 2nd half of 2022, and this

will likely be linked with a 2 year position through Barwon Health.


Trainee Positions

  • 1 advanced trainee (job share possible), 12 or 6 months
    • Accredited for Rural/regional training

Trainee Level

  • Advanced, need neonatal experience


Roster and on-call

  • Roster 1 in 3, shared with GP reg and 2 HMOs, days off after weekend on call.


  • 10 paediatric beds
  • 6 cot level 4 SCN (800 births per year)

Junior Staff

  • 2 HMOs cover 0800-2200 hours in hospital, along with above Registrar

Senior Staff

  • Equivalent to 3.5 EFT full time shared

Clinics (that trainees can attend)

  • Registrar has dedicated consulting room in group practice, develop own patient load.
  • Multidisciplinary diabetes clinic monthly
  • General paediatric oupatients (ward and neonatal follow ups)
  • Behavioural medicine outpatient clinic
  • Developmental hip dysplasia clinic (including ultraound education)
  • Optional outreach clinics with paediatrician

Education and Teaching

  • Weekly journal club and case presentations
  • Monthly radiology meetings, perinatal M&M, allied health/developmental shared patient and CAMHS shared patient meetings
  • Teaching Deakin medical students
  • Teaching/participation in PROMPT training sessions
  • VicFEAT webinars
  • Weekly Rural Child Health teaching sessions


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


  • Free accommodation will be provided in a furnished 3-bedroom house just 200 m walk from the hospital. The house has a huge backyard with a veggie patch and plenty of room to keep your dog safe.

    Warrnambool is an excellent position to take towards the end of training, providing the opportunity to develop the competencies and confidence to go on and provide unsupervised comprehensive medical care in paediatrics. There is sufficient leisure time to become involved with activities in the local community, from the performing arts/music to sports, surfing, sailing, fishing, waterskiing and the like (but no snow skiing).