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Sunshine Hospital JKWC - Western Health

Trainee Positions

  • 2 x Advanced Trainee Registrar positions (in pairings, this will be a total of 4 positions). 
    • Some positions may be linked across 2 different departments at Western Health, or be linked with other Health Services to provide 12 month positions (6 months in each rotation) meeting core General Paediatric Advanced Training requirements.  Order of rotation cannot be guaranteed:
      • Sunshine JKWC General Paediatrics / Paediatric Emergency  
      • Sunshine JKWC General Paediatrics  / Bacchus Marsh Community
      • Sunshine JKWC General Paediatrics  / Werribee Mercy General Paediatrics 


  • 2 x Advanced Trainee Registrar positions offered as 24-month positions - WestSide BestSide rotations.  These positions allow for the full 2 years of core Advanced training, completing all mandatory (core) training requirements, without the need to apply to different sites each year.
    • These positions include:
      • 6 months General Paediatrics with perinatal (Rural/Regional training) at either Bendigo or Shepparton (1 position at each site).  Note that the rural rotation is the FIRST rotation of the 2 year contract.  Please see the pages for Bendigo and Shepparton for details on these rotations.
      • 6 months Acute (Sunshine Paediatric Emergency)
      • 6 months core General Paeds (Sunshine JKWC Paeds, including ample outpatient exposure)
      • 6 months Developmental/Psychosocial (Community role may be a combination of JKWC, IPC Health Deer Park, Northwestern CAMHS Sunshine, Addiction Medicine (Footscray), or Western Health Bacchus Marsh and Melton)


  • 1 x Western Community Fellow - 12 months
    • This position will spend time at Melton, IPC Deer Park, and Sunshine Hospital involving experience in assessment and management of behavioural and developmental conditions, including multidisciplinary autism assessment clinics
    • Provides core Developmental training with  Community Child Health ATC or Developmental/Psychosocial core training for Gen Paeds AT


  • NICU Registrars - 6 or 12 months
    • These positions provide well-supported experience in the NICU and SCN.  As the unit does not yet have Fellows, there are ample opportunities for registrars to do procedures under direct guidance of the consultant staff.  
    • A neonatologist is on-shift from 8am - 11pm, and there is also a neonatologist who sleeps on-site every night to support junior staff.
    • These positions are currently accredited only for non-core  advanced training in General Paediatrics.  Accreditation decision regarding Acute core training for General Paediatrics AT is pending.  These positions are also suitable for continuing basic trainees and unaccredited registrars seeking more NICU experience.


Note that Sunshine Paediatric ED and NICU also hold separate recruitment processes for non-linked positions (e.g. 6 months in one of these units as a standalone position) - these are advertised via Western Health e-Mercury.  Please contact theses departments separately to enquire about their positions and application processes.


Trainee Level

  • Advanced trainees preferred (post FRACP exam)
  • Continuing basic trainees and International Medical Graduates will be considered for 6 or 12 months roles


  • Dr Alison Pearce:   alison.pearce@wh.org.au   0466 801 565


  • 24 bed paediatric ward, plus additional day-of-surgery paediatric beds
  • NICU, deliveries, and postnatal wards are staffed separately by Newborn Services (NICU)
  • Extremely busy Paediatric Emergency Department (30,000 paediatric presentations/year) staffed separately by Paediatric Emergency Physicians, Paediatric Registrars and Emergency Registrars.

Junior Staff

  • 6 x HMO rotating from the General HMO stream - provide 24 hour cover to wards
  • 1 x Chief Registrar in last year of Advanced Training
  • 9 x General Paediatric Registrars:
    • 3 x Advanced Trainees
    • 3 x Victorian Basic Paediatric Training Consortium Registrars (not appointed through this process)
    • 3 x RCH Rotating Registrar Basic Trainees (not appointed through this process)  
  • 1 x Community Fellow 
  • 1 x Community Registrar

Senior Staff

  • 9 x Paediatric Consultants cover both wards and outpatients
  • 4 x additional Consultants work only within outpatients
  • 10 x Subspecialty Consultant VMO"s in Endocrinology, Allergy, Cardiology, Neurology


  • All outpatient clinics have direct consultant supervision
  • Daily Gen Paeds clinics with 3 x Registrars attending per day
  • Weekly Paed Endo clinic attended by 1 x Registrar
  • Fortnightly Paed Allergy clinic attended by 1 x Registrar
  • Monthly Paed Dermatology clinic attended by 1 x Registrar
  • Weekly Behavioural and Developmental clinics attended by Chief Registrar and Community Registrars
  • Other clinics are available to attend as observers (in paid training time):
    • Paed Cardiology - daily
    • Paed Neurology - weekly
    • Paed Immunisation - approx monthly
    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Psychology - weekly
    • Paed Gynaecology - fortnightly

Education and Teaching

  • Daily Education program includes:
    • Weekly grand round
    • Weekly journal club
    • Weekly combined teaching with Paed ED trainees
    • Weekly combined teaching with NICU trainees
    • Weekly Registrar teaching to HMO's and Students
    • Weekly radiology meeting - combined with Paeds ED
    • Weekly MDT meeting for inpatients and complex-care outpatients
    • Monthly ward safety and quality forum
    • Monthly M&M meeting
    • Monthly simulation program - ward and outpatients
  • 3 - monthly Outer-Metro paediatric teaching program
  • 3- monthly GRIPPS simulation full-day program 
  • RCH CCCH tutorial videoconference program for Community trainees

Roster and on-call

  • Dependent on each position
    • For details on Rural/Regional rotations see specific pages within this website
    • General Paediatrics at JKWC (Sunshine) has 9 registrars rotating through children's ward (including evenings and nights), outpatients, and relief (covers annual leave, or provides research/project time).  Sick-leave on-call is also part of the roster and is paid as per award.


  • As per award.  43 hour work week in most weeks of rotation.
  • Linked positions will be provided as separate contracts from each health service


  • Joan Kirner Women's and Children's at Sunshine Hospital is located approx 23km from Melbourne CBD in western Melbourne (St Albans).
  • There is (paid) staff parking available on-site
  • The hospital is a 5 minute walk from Ginifer Station and complementary shuttle bus operates between the hospital and station during after-hours
  • Note that Bacchus Marsh and Melton Community sites are approx 58km from the CBD.  A car is required.
  • Accommodation is only provided during Rural/Regional rotations if that site offers accommodation to directly-recruited trainees

    Western Health services a diverse multicultural community of over 1 million people, with a rapidly growing population.  Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s (JKWC) opened in 2019 and has a 24-bed paediatric ward and a Level 6 NICU.  There are over 6,500 births per year at JKWC.  The Paediatric Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the state, and assesses approx 30,000 children each year.   

    General Paediatrics at JKWC comprises inpatient care and a busy, varied outpatient service.  There are ample opportunities for clinics in General Paediatrics, Behavioural and Developmental medicine, and Sub-specialty clinics including Endocrinology, Allergy, and Dermatology. There are other sub-specialty clinics trainees may attend in their training time, such as Cardiology and Neurology. There is opportunity to be involved in research, audit, and teaching and trainees are supported to complete AT projects.  

    The paediatric team values its trainees, prioritises work-life balance, and is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for clinical education and training.  Do you have a special-interest?  Our consultants love working with passionate trainees who are keen to learn and offer suggestions to continually improve our services for the population in Western Melbourne.