Consultant Pathologist

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Work type: Permanent
Location: South Brisbane
Categories: Laboratory

About the role

Mater Pathology has an exciting opportunity for an Anatomical Pathologist to join our team in an expanding department. A permanent, full-time or part-time arrangement is available by negotiation.

Our department comprises a medium-sized dynamic and collegiate group of subspecialised pathologists servicing the community's needs, hospital-based patients and outpatients in South-East Queensland. There are plans to expand into Central and Northern Queensland and to other Mater facilities in greater Brisbane, such as Mater Springfield Public Hospital, which is under construction. This opportunity suits an Anatomical Pathologist wishing to practise in a stimulating tertiary hospital environment. You will be supported as part of a comprehensive team, working with complex, challenging cases and established clinical teams to support world-class, high-quality patient care. Mater Pathology has a strong tradition of providing high-level diagnostic services in the fields of breast and gynaecological, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, paediatric and perinatal medicine and uropathology, with expected growth in other subspecialties, including neuropathology and lung pathology over the next decade.

Mater Pathology has an extensive 10-year plan to expand its services within Queensland. It has commenced this plan with a replacement new LIS to modernise the reporting for our referrers and laboratory system, expected to go live in the first quarter of 2024. In addition, the opening of Mater Springfield Hospitals stage 2 will increase referral numbers and complexity. The laboratory also invests in digital pathology to improve service delivery within SE Queensland and regionally and partners with industry and researchers in further digital pathology applications.

Mater supports research and education in your field of expertise and encourages this as part of your employment opportunity. The intended integration of women's cancer services with better support and integration of clinical research presents new and exciting opportunities and partnerships in these areas.

Mater Pathology is the oldest pathology service in Brisbane and surrounding areas.  Initially established and supervised by the Sisters of Mercy in 1919, Mater Pathology has grown into a multi-faceted and technologically advanced laboratory service serving patients, doctors and hospitals in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.  The service is not-for-profit and invests all income back into patient care as part of Mater Misericordiae Limited's mission.

Salary: Commensurate with experience plus Superannuation, plus Supplementary Benefit (ROPP) Allowance, Motor Vehicle Allowance, Professional Development Allowance, an access to not-for-profit Salary Packaging up to $15,900

What you'll be doing

  • Reporting a range of complex hospital and community-derived histopathology specimens and generating high-quality interpretative reports issued in a timely manner to drive patient care.
  • Developing your expertise in mutually agreed areas of sub-specialisation in a supportive environment. Interest or expertise in gynaecological oncology, histopathology and cytopathology will be advantageous.
  • Working as part of multidisciplinary clinical teams and developing strong interpersonal relationships with our referrer base to guide patient care. This includes preparing for and participating in a range of multidisciplinary team meetings with clinical specialists.
  • Providing relevant clinical and medical expertise and oversight to the routine diagnostic Anatomical Pathology Laboratory, driving innovation and continuous quality improvement.
  • Contributing to the financial sustainability of growth of a dynamic expanding pathology service.
  • Participating in the department's collaborative research with various clinical and basic science researchers, with the opportunity to develop your research interests.
  • Participation in an on-call roster for out-of-hours service as per predetermined scheduling.
  • Participation in a roster for frozen sections/intra-operative consultations, both within the main laboratory at South Brisbane and at peripheral sites as directed by the Director of Anatomical Pathology.
  • Consideration of participation in a regular roster reporting non-gynecological and cervical cytopathology specimens, as negotiated with the Director of Anatomical Pathology.
  • Liaising with specialist colleagues and scientific staff in other laboratories of Mater Pathology to select, guide and interpret ancillary testing related to anatomical pathology specimens.
  • Advising clinicians on the interpretation of results, assisting in the further appropriate investigation of specimens, and guiding further patient testing and management.
  • Assisting clinicians in the quality use of pathology by advising on the most effective and efficient program of tests.
  • Assisting in recognising, processing and reporting urgent specimens as required and liaising with appropriate laboratory staff to ensure prompt processing and reporting of clinically urgent specimens and notify high-risk results as per the department's critical result notification policy.
  • Participation in the training of Anatomical pathology registrars rotating through the Mater who are part of the statewide training program.

About you

Essential Requirements

  • Must hold FRCPA or equivalent qualification with a scope of practice that includes anatomical pathology and cytopathology.
  • Current AHPRA specialist registration in anatomical pathology.
  • Current and relevant diagnostic experience in the field of Anatomical Pathology.
  • You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.
  • Current AP trainees who anticipate attaining their fellowship in 2023 or early 2024 are encouraged to apply.

Highly Desirable

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a collegiate team
  • Experience in, or enthusiasm for, subspecialty practice in a teaching hospital setting
  • Interest in the application and integration of molecular and genetic pathology techniques with anatomical pathology reporting
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication in  a professional setting
  • Experience presenting and moderating at Multidisciplinary Team Meetings
  • Interest in registrar teaching
  • Experience in interpreting intra-operative frozen section specimens across a range of tissue types
  • An interest in supporting the perinatal post-mortem service.
  • Understanding of laboratory quality assurance and documentation requirements and an interest in innovation and service improvement in the setting of a diagnostic Anatomical Pathology laboratory
  • Previous exposure to research, either as an independent investigator or part of a collaborative team.

Why join us?

Mater is Queensland’s largest and most innovative not-for-profit healthcare service, providing care for almost 700,000 patients a year across a network of 11 hospitals.

We are a leader in healthcare, education and research — and that’s because we employ exceptional people. #MAKEYOURMATERMOVE

  • Via salary packaging arrangements, allocate some living expenses directly from your pre-taxable income and ultimately increase your take-home pay
  • Access to package meal and entertainment expenses via salary packaging
  • Access to leading education and professional development via Mater Education
  • Flexible working arrangements, including work from home options where suitable
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program and on-site pastoral care teams
  • Discounts to local and national business/venues for Dining/Retail/Travel & Accommodation/Other
  • Access to on-site, discounted parking
  • Discounted food and beverage at various campus cafés and coffee venues

Closing date for applications is Saturday 7 October 2023.

For further information specific to the role, please contact: Dr Admire Matsika, Director of Anatomical Pathology, at or on 07 3163 1846.

Please Note: We will not require any support from Recruitment Agencies at this time and kindly request no contact is made. Only direct applications will be considered.

It is now a mandatory requirement of employment at the Mater that you are and remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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