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Northern Health

Trainee Positions

  • 1 Chief Registrar (General Paediatric Fellow) - 12 months
  • 2 Community Fellows (6 or 12 months) - one role paired with other rotations
  • Up to 6 Advanced Training positions - 6 or 12 months
  • Some roles have been paired with a rural health service or another department for trainees to complete 2 accredited core requirements
    • Northern Gen Paeds with perinatal / Northern Paeds ED (acute)
    • Northern Gen Paeds with perinatal / Shepparton Gen Paeds with perinatal (rural)
    • Northern Gen Paeds with perinatal / Northern Community, Developmental & Psychosocial
    • Northern Community, Developmental & Psychosocial / Mildura Gen Paeds with perinatal (rural)

Trainee Level

  • Advanced Trainee (post FRACP exams) preferred
  • Will consider continuing Basic Trainees and International Medical Graduates with sufficient neonatal and paediatric experience


  • Dr David Tran:  david.tran2@nh.org.au

Roster and on-call

  • 7 registrar provide a 24 hour cover on a 2 weekly cycle to cover days/evenings/nights on Children and Neonatal Ward, and rostered outpatient clinics
  • Community Fellows are based at Craigeburn Health Service and participate in the RCH CCCH education program.  Community fellows are not rostered on evenings, nights or weekends and do not do on-call


  • 22 paediatric beds
  • 21 bed level 5 SCN  (approx 3,600 births per annum)
  • Extremely busy Emergency Department (25,000 paediatric presentations/year) staffed separately by Paediatric Emergency Physicians, Paediatric Registrars and Emergency Registrars

Junior Staff

  • 7 Residents appointed via General HMO stream at Northern Health
  • 1 Senior Resident (SRMO) 
  • 7 Paediatric Registrars - 3 AT, 3 Rotating Registrars, 1 VBPTC Registrar
  • 1 Chief Registrar (Fellow) Gen Paeds
  • 2 Community Fellows - based at Craigeburn Health Service

Senior Staff

  • 10 Consultants (mix of Paediatric, Neonatal, and Dual-trained) work on wards and outpatients
  • 4 additional Consultants work in outpatient clinics only
  • 6 Subspecialty Consultants work within outpatients and offer support to the inpatient teams - Allergy, Developmental/Behavioural, Neurology, Respiratory, and Rheumatology


  • All outpatients for General and Community Fellows have direct consultant supervision
  • Community Fellows are based in Craigeburn and have the following clinics:
    • 2 x Developmental / Behavioural clinics weekly
    • 2 x General Paediatric clinics weekly
    • 1 x Refugee Health clinic weekly
    • 1 x Northern Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Clinic or MDT Assessment Clinic weekly
    • 4 x non-clinical sessions are incorporated each week 
  • General Paediatric Registrars attend the following clinics:
    • General Paediatrics - 3 per week
    • Paediatric Allergy Clinic - 1 per week
  • Other clinics are available to attend as observers:
    • Neurology
    • Rheumatology
    • Respiratory

Education and Teaching

  • Supervised morning handover and ward rounds with daily consultant rounds, including weekends
  • Daily Education program for the Northern Hospital registrars includes:
    • Weekly consultant led tutorials on Gen Paeds / Neonatal topics
    • Weekly journal club
    • Weekly Grand Round
    • Monthly M&M
    • Monthly Radiology teaching
    • Monthly simulation program
  • Registrars will also receive individual neonatal resuscitation training during their orientation week

Community Fellows based at Craigieburn Health are able to attend the weekly RCH CCCH education program in person of via videoconference.  They are also able to attend the Northern Hospital teaching program via videoconference.


  • As per award with 86 hour fortnights (inclusive of 10 hours training time)
  • Linked positions will be provided as separate contracts with each health service and are not seconded positions


  • Northern Hospital (Epping) is located approx. 21 km directly north from Melbourne CBD (30 - 45 min drive)
    • Located opposite Epping Plaza Shopping Centre and next to Costco
    • Epping train station is 1.5 km away (20 min walk) with buses running regularly between the station and the shopping centre
  • Craigeburn Health Service is located 30 km north of Melbourne CBD (approx. 15 min drive from Northern Hospital)
  • Paid staff parking is available on-site at Northern Hospital and Craigeburn
  • Accommodation is only provided during Rural/Regional rotations if that site offers accommodation to directly recruited trainees 

    Northern Health provides public healthcare to a population of over 580,000 people living in Melbourne's rapidly growing northern corridor.  The Paediatric Department is a vibrant, busy unit that cares for general paediatric and neonatal patients.  There is a 22 bed Children's Unit which includes 4 Short Stay Unit beds.  The Neonatal Unit consists of 21 cots and provides high dependence neonatal are at a level 5 capability.  There is 24 hour / 7 days per week neonatologist cover, and the unit does treatments such as chest drainage, TPN, and ROP screening.  There are more than 3600 infants born annually.  The Emergency Department has a dedicated Paediatric area that sees more than 25,000 children per year and is staffed by Emergency Paediatric Specialists and registrars. 

    We are committed to providing a wide range of educational experiences to trainees in all areas of neonatal and general paediatric care and we are looking for junior doctors who are interested in caring for patients and families from diverse backgrounds with very complex medical issues.