Your career in paediatrics

The Northern Hospital Paediatric Department comprises a 22 bed Child & Adolescent Unit (CAHU) and a 12 cot Special Care Nursery. The Unit provides outstanding training in general paediatrics and non-ICU neonatal medicine. There are 6 general paediatric consultants on the Unit and the Head of Paediatrics is also a Director of Paediatric Education (DPE) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).


The HMO positions (PGY2+) are ideal for either General Practice Trainees or those considering pursuing a career in paediatrics.  General Practice Trainees are able to combine their paediatric term with a rotation in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (and undertake the Diploma of Obstetrics RANZCOG/ RACGP). The six month rotation is also accredited towards the general paediatric component of the RACP Paediatric Training Programme.  Six paediatric Registrars (two on rotation from RCH) provide 24-hour cover for the Unit. The Department is accredited for both Basic and Advanced Paediatric Training through the RACP.

There is a two week orientation programme at the beginning of each 6-month rotation, and regular teaching sessions throughout the term.  These include a dedicated weekly HMO teaching session as well as a weekly Departmental teaching meeting for all staff (including regular morbidity meetings).  Each week-day there is a dedicated Consultant-led teaching round.

HMOs rotate through both CAHU and the Special Care Unit. Duties include day-to-day care of children and neonates, supervised attendance at deliveries and experience in neonatal resuscitation, assessment of children on referral from the Emergency Department and attendance at outpatient clinics. Most of the clinical work-load is in acute paediatrics as evidenced by the fact that the Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Victoria and approx. 25% of attendances are paediatric patients. There are in excess of 3000 newborn infants delivered by the Obstetric service annually.