The Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH) provides secondary, tertiary and quaternary care to children and young people and their families across Victoria, Tasmania, southern NSW and parts of South Australia. RCH is the designated statewide provider of services including paediatric trauma, rehabilitation and forensic medicine.

As a quaternary centre for complex cardiac surgery and organ transplantation, as well as other significant subspecialist paediatric services, the RCH cares for the sickest children from around Australia. The hospital employs approximately 5,000 staff and has an annual budget of $620 million and operates out of a purpose-built, multi-award winning building at 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville.  When it comes to training and research we partner with the very best. Our campus partners, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, along with the RCH Foundation, are on site with the hospital in Parkville. Together, we are committed to improving the health outcomes for children today and in the future.

The Department:

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Children’s Cancer Centre (CCC) is the largest partner in the Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS) and is a member of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Care program. The CCC is the only provider of complex children’s cancer care and stem cell transplantation in the state of Victoria. The CCC is recognised as an international leader in the research and treatment of childhood cancer, each year treating around 180 newly diagnosed cancer patients under the age of 18 and many children receive ongoing treatment and/or active patient follow up.

The CCC aims for the highest standards in diagnosis, research, treatment, and support. The CCC comprises: an inpatient ward with designated bone marrow transplant beds, a day oncology unit, and outpatient clinic area including allied health facilities, a dedicated oncology pharmacy, and a research program with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, a clinical trials office and an administrative centre.

As part of the Melbourne Children’s the CCC has strong links and affiliations with the University of Melbourne, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation; as well as the wider community.

The CCC actively participates in cancer clinical trials and is a full member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

The Role:

An exciting opportunity exists for a dynamic and experienced clinician to join the RCH team as the Director/Head of Department (HoD) of the Children’s Cancer Centre, RCH. The Director is a critical leadership role providing guidance and strategic direction for all oncology services at RCH in line with the RCH vision and strategy. The HoD has responsibility for overall leadership, strategic and operational performance of the CCC and its services, as determined by agreed key performance indicators at a state, national and international level.

The HoD will ensure that the CCC consistently provides the highest quality family-centred care, education and research, whilst maintaining a sound and sustainable financial position, strong staff engagement and support, as well as effective relationships with the community and consumers of care.

An ability to successfully manage and motivate a multidisciplinary team, including leading educational activities and promoting and facilitating original research will be the key to success in this role.

Demonstrated ability to build and maintain a strong and respectful culture by committing to The RCH Compact is essential.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A Medical Degree and registration with the Medical Board of Victoria
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a department and or large group of highly skilled professionals
  • A track record of strong collaborations, support and mentoring of staff and ability to construct a clear vision and strategy with implementation through established change procedures.
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the role of research and education in clinical excellence
  • Qualifications, experience and research output consistent with holding an honorary academic appointment at an Australian University

Other information and how to apply:

The role of the Director CCC is 1.0 FTE (negotiable), and will be an initial 3 year appointment, with review for a further 5 years.

Enquires about this role can be made to Associate Professor Tom Connell, Chief of Medicine by email or by phone +61 39345 4859.  For further details, to view the position description and to apply please visit

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The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, all members of the LGBTI community and peoples with disability.