In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)


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A senior medical career at Canberra Health Services offers:

  • competitive pay rates
  • excellent working conditions
  • pathways for research, education and management at all levels
  • medical education and training allowance
  • generous private practice schemes
  • salary packaging with full fringe benefits tax concessions
  • interstate and overseas reimbursement for relocation expenses, with additional benefits for those who locate for a permanent position.

See our current vacancies for employment opportunities.

Visit the Enterprise Agreements page for more information.


Once you have started work as a senior medical officer, you can apply for a parking permit which entitles you to park in reserved parking spots on Canberra Hospital campus.

The permit lasts for three years before you need to reapply.

On-call allowance

Senior medical officers are entitled to be paid an annual allowance for on call and recall duties outside of normal hours.

Additional Annual Leave

In addition to the standard entitlement of four weeks annual leave a Senior Medical Officer is entitled to an additional one week of annual leave for each 12-month period.

Training, education and study leave

Training, education and study leave is available to specialists or senior specialists (other than short term temporary or casual employees) for up to 160 hours each year.

If you’re eligible for training, education and study leave, you could also be eligible for reimbursement for medical education expenses of up to around $19000 per year.

Relocation allowance

If you relocate to the ACT for a permanent position you will have access to a generous relocation allowance of $51,533 to help with the move. This can cover:

  • packing personal effects and furniture
  • storage of personal effects and furniture
  • removalist costs
  • unpacking
  • travel, accommodation and meals between former location and the ACT
  • temporary accommodation up to six months
  • disconnection and reconnection of utilities
  • cost of stamp duty on sale and purchase of house
  • any other reasonable expenses approved by the Tribunal.


As a teaching hospital aligned with the Australian National University, we place strong emphasis on research and education. There are a range of informal/teaching on-the-run opportunities at CHS, as well as formal education. This includes:

  • hospital-wide teaching calendar
  • Monday shorts (short case-based learning)
  • grand rounds
  • monthly forums chaired by the Executive Director Medical Services
  • medical officer webinar and Q&A Sessions

Health and wellbeing

We take the health and wellbeing of our team members very seriously. We provide a range of services to help our staff.

Blue Buddies

Blue buddies act as an informal peer mentor by providing support, advice and information to junior medical officers. Senior medical staff are encouraged to be a part of this program to support junior staff with any issues they may be facing, such as:

  • facing difficult conversations with patients
  • talking about difficult events
  • managing work-life balance or time management
  • strategies and support when applying for training programs.

This is an informal program, and all our Blue Buddies are easily identifiable as they wear a blue coloured name badge.

Speaking up for Safety

Speaking up for safety is a program that empowers and encourages staff to respectfully and confidently communicate patient safety concerns to colleagues. If someone speaks up for safety – regardless of their position within the organisation, all staff involved will stop and consider the practice that they are undertaking and receive the concerns voices in a professional manner.

Respect at Work

We are committed to maintaining a positive work environment and a safe, healthy workplace free from inappropriate behaviour.
We all have a responsibility to make sure we are aware of and comply with, the standards of behaviour expected.  We have a strong support network and policies in place for you to speak to someone if you witness or experience inappropriate behaviour.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program gives each team member six free professional and confidential support session per year for you and members of your immediate family.

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In the case of a life threatening emergency, dial Triple Zero (000).

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Contact us

Switchboard Canberra Hospital
(02) 5124 0000

International callers
+61 (2) 5124 0000

Switchboard North Canberra Hospital
(02) 6201 6111

International callers
+61 (2) 6201 6111

Switchboard other hospitals and services
(02) 5124 0000

International callers
+61 (2) 5124 0000

The switchboard handles all calls to, from and within the hospital 24 hours/seven days a week