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Please address your cover letter and resume to Liz Jones, or Deborah Komesaroff of Jo Fisher Executive. For a confidential discussion please call +61 3 9016 6000 for further information.

Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery
Western Health, Melbourne
  • Develop and support professional practice
  • Promote innovative, research based patient care
  • Prepare for major expansion of the Health Service

The Position

Western Health is seeking to appoint an exceptionally talented and committed Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery to provide strategic and operational advice to the executive and directorates in regard to Nursing and Midwifery professional needs in line with the organisational strategic priorities.

Reporting to the CEO, the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery will provide professional expertise, leadership, vision and strategic direction to the Western Health Nursing and Midwifery workforce, developing and supporting professional practice and ensuring that innovative, research based patient care of the highest order is provided to Western Health recipients. The appointee will have responsibility for quality and safety, education and research, and clinical governance for the Division and will oversee the development and implementation of the organisation’s key transformational program, ‘Transforming Care Together @ Western Health’.

Registered as a Nurse, and ideally dually registered as a Midwife, the appointee will have a well-developed operational understanding of the health system, particularly in the public sector. Equipped with extensive experience at a senior management level in a large health care organisation, the successful candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to the education, development and well-being of staff and the ability to build leadership capacity within a large complex health workforce. In addition, the appointee will be proactive, build rapport quickly and influence and negotiate via contemporary leadership.

The Organisation

Western Health provides comprehensive health services to those living in western Melbourne. Covering a population of more than 800,000 its services are a combination of hospital and community based services to newborn babies, children, adults and the elderly. With an annual operating budget of more than $650m, Western Health provides acute tertiary services in areas of emergency medicine, intensive care, medical and surgical services, as well as sub-acute care and specialist ambulatory clinics. Western Health is responsible for managing three acute public hospitals - Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown, a day hospital at Sunbury, a transition care facility at Williamstown and a drug health service in Footscray.

Employing nearly 6500 staff Western Health has a strong philosophy of working with its local community to deliver excellence in patient care. Some 45% of the Western Health workforce are nurses or are in midwifery. The region has some of the highest rates of births in Australia; currently servicing 5,500 births per year, the forecast is 7,500 births by 2023. Significant new pieces of infrastructure are being developed to service forecasted growth.

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