Bob Dickens Chair, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Melbourne, Australia
Thursday, 16 September 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 17 October 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Hospital based
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne Medical School
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super
Salary: Flexible and negotiated according to the needs of the applicant
Basis of Employment: Fixed term – 5 years (renewable)


The newly established Bob Dickens Chair in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery is an appointment to the Department of Paediatrics and is supported by a generous donation from Mrs Pamela Galli AO to enable and support academic research in the field of paediatric orthopaedics. The Bob Dickens Chair is based at the Melbourne Children’s campus – a world leader in child and adolescent health - which co-locates the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).

With expertise in the field of Paediatric Orthopaedics, the appointee will drive research, training, implementation and evaluation in the area of orthopaedic surgery to improve the lives of children, with particular emphasis on the field of cerebral palsy / neuromuscular disorders. The appointee will have negotiated clinical responsibilities with the RCH (Department of Orthopaedics) which will be appropriately remunerated via a separate employment contract.

The faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Faculty is deeply committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment that welcomes and values all people. We firmly believe that diversity, including in senior leadership, is essential to our Faculty’s continued success.

About you

You will possess;

  • A surgical qualification registrable with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Board (AHPRA)
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and completion of a recognised training programme in Orthopaedic Surgery, or equivalent qualifications
  • A track record of clinical excellence
  • An internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in academia and research in the field of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Demonstrated leadership in research, scholarship, education and clinical care in paediatrics
  • A strong record in paediatric research, as evidenced by a superior publication record
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, with excellence in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) at all times.

About Us

Department of Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics is the flagship representative of the University’s partnership with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is co-located with them on the Melbourne Children’s Campus on Flemington Road, Parkville. 

The Department of Paediatrics is a large department within the School of Medicine. The Department has responsibility for the Child & Adolescent Health (CAH) component of the Doctor of Medicine.

There are approximately 80 academic and professional staff, including 25 professorial positions, 430 honorary academic staff, and more than 150 students who are enrolled to pursue research degrees including Honours, Masters and PhD.

The Royal Children’s Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital is a state-wide teaching, training and research paediatric hospital. The hospital provides tertiary, secondary and primary child and adolescent health services, including mental health services.

The Royal Children’s Hospital has a major leadership role in child and adolescent health in Victoria with state-wide specialist roles. It is a tertiary and quaternary paediatric referral centre providing specialist services and multidisciplinary clinics for sick infants, children and adolescents from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and southern New South Wales.

The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation

The RCH Foundation is the fundraising arm of the hospital. The Foundation fundraises, manages and distributes money to enable the RCH to provide the best care to patients and their families.

Department of Orthopaedics, Royal Children’s Hospital

The department of Orthopaedics is a dynamic team of specialist paediatric orthopaedic surgeons and support staff providing the full range of musculoskeletal care for children and adolescents:  including CP, neuromuscular, spine, tumour, hip, sports med, upper limb, limb reconstruction and foot and ankle.  The CP service is world renowned with strong emphasis on gait and motion analysis through the Hugh Owen Williamson gait laboratory. 

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

The Murdoch Children’s Research institute (MCRI) is Australia’s leading child health research organisation and ranked in the top 3 globally. Established in 1986, the MCRI has grown from less than 100 researchers working on genetic conditions into a team of 1,200 clinicians, scientists and students across 60 research groups. Its researchers work with the overarching goal of translating knowledge into effective prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to address a range of disorders affecting infants, children and adolescents.

Employee Benefits

We offer generous employee benefits to help maximise your work life. These include flexible and family friendly working conditions, salary packaging, internal School and Faculty grant schemes including a dedicated scheme for women and generous leave provisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a culturally rich and values-based environment.

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How to apply

Your submitted application should include a cover letter and your CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

Position Description  0054000.pdf

Applications close: 17 Oct 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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