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NICU - Western Health - Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Newborn Services

Positions available

  • 20 x Registrars - 6 or 12 month roles available
    • These roles are filled by trainees seeking more experience in a tertiary neonatal unit.  You may be training in Neonatology or General Paediatrics, may be continuing basic trainees in Paediatrics, or may be an unaccredited trainee with some prior paediatric/neonatal experience.
  • 3 x Neonatology Fellows - 12 month roles preferred, please contact us if you are seeking a shorter position to discuss
    • These are roles intended for trainees completing the Neontalology/Perinatal training program.  The role involves supervision of junior medical staff.  These roles may be appropriate for Peer Review (please discuss with the contact person)

Trainee Levels

  • Fellows - Advanced Trainees with RACP - Neonatology training, usually AT2+
  • Registrars - Advanced Trainees with RACP - Neonatology or General Paediatrics, from AT1+
  • Continuing Basic Trainees with RACP
  • Unaccredited Registrars with neonatal / paediatric experience
  • International Medical Graduates eligible for registration with AHPRA with neonatal experience


  • Dr Charles Barfield - Acting Head of Unit Newborn Services.  charles.barfield@wh.org.au   0490931453

Staffing in the Unit

  • 20 FTE for Junior Medical Staff
    • Up to 3 Fellow Positions
    • 1 Fellow position in Point of Care Neonatal Ultrasound
  • Junior Medical Staff (excluding Fellows) share a common duty roster
  • 12 Neonatal Consultant staff
  • Each Registrar has a Consultant Neonatologist as their mentor/educational supervisor

Roster and on-call

  • All our staff work as part of a multidisciplinary team within Newborn Services and on the Maternity wards
  • For high risk births, our Junior Medical Staff are always supported by Neonatal Paediatricians
  • Neonatal Paediatricians are on site 24 hours to provide clinical expertise and support to the JMS within Newborn Services
  • Junior Medical Staff work rotating shifts covering 24 hours a day, 7 days per week

Education and Teaching

  • The positions are supported by 5 hours of uninterrupted education per week.  The teaching program includes clinical education, simulation, bedside teaching, case-based discussion, and literature review. 
  • Participation in quality audits and research is strongly encouraged and supported


  • Classification and salary will be dependent on experience and will be in accordance with the AMA Victoria - Victorian Public Health Sector - Doctors in Training Enterprise Agreement (the "award")


  • Newborn Services in Joan Kirner Women's and Children's is located on the campus of Sunshine Hospital at St Albans.  We are part of the rapidly expanding Western Health and new hospital are under construction at Footscray and Melton.  
  • Staff car parking is available (paid)
  • The hospital is well serviced by the Sunbury train line from the CBD
  • Secure bike parking is available

    Joan Kirner Women's and Children's NICU is the newest tertiary neonatal unit in Victoria, opening in 2019.  There is a 32 bed Special Care Nursery including 6 NICU Level 6 cots.  There are over 6,500 births per year at JKWC.  The nursery is the most modern in Victoria and caters for the needs of an extremely diverse population.  Working in Newborn Services means that you will see, treat and manage clinical conditions not seen in other perinatal centres.  The mix of genetic, metabolic, and infectious conditions makes for fascinating medicine and learning.  We are accredited for Advanced Training for Core Perinatal Advanced Training (12 months)  with the RACP.  We are an accredited centre for the teaching of Point of Care Neonatal Ultrasound.  Our growing NICU and SCN has a strong culture of teamwork, teaching, respect, inclusiveness and research.

    Western Health services a diverse multicutural community of over 1 million people, with a rapidly growing population.  The Newborn Services works in collaboration with the Paediatric Services across Western Health.