Palliative and Supportive Care Clinical Fellow

November 18, 2021

Job Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Employer: Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is one of Australia’s leading integrated cancer centres, offering a modern environment where we improve the quality of life of patients, their families and carers throughout their care, through our commitment at all levels to respect, choice, dignity and individuality.

With 125 beds, 18 bed ICU, Radiation oncology, chemotherapy, theatres, co-located research and clinical trials and a comprehensive supportive care service, we offer comprehensive treatment across all tumour streams underpinned by evidenced-based practice creating improved patient experience and clinical outcomes.

The patient’s holistic supportive care needs are addressed from the time of diagnosis, aiming to enhance integration of care and optimise models of care. We collaborate with other specialists within the hospital, external experts in the fields of expertise, researchers, academic leaders, consumers, clinicians, government and not for-profit organisations throughout Australia and internationally.

We have recently established a Palliative Care component to the wider Supportive Care Service, which focuses on providing complex Specialist Palliative Care to patients treated at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The Palliative inpatient service consists of 6 inpatient beds, consultation services for inpatients, liaising with patient’s local Palliative Care and Community Services and outpatient clinic follow up for people receiving treatment at the hospital.

About the Position

This role will be responsible for the provision of high standard clinical Palliative and Supportive Care services to patients of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

This responsibility includes:

  • The direct provision of clinical care, daily supervision and progress of clinical care of the 6 palliative care inpatients. This incudes regular ward rounds with the oncology JMOs and specialist and ward nursing staff.
  • Provision of Palliative and Supportive Care inpatient consultation, follow up, documentation of care plans and communication of these plans to external Community Palliative Care teams and General Practitioners.
  • Attendance at the MDTs and a selection of tumour stream meetings.
  • Participation in the weekly Palliative and Supportive Care MDT – the multidisciplinary team of nurses, medical specialists, junior medical officers, allied health professionals, integrative oncology practitioners, spiritual care practitioners, and patient advocates.
  • Participation in follow up of patients in the outpatient clinics.
  • Attendance and participation in departmental educational activities.
  • Participation in Supportive Care, Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care research. Opportunity to develop and progress own research project.
  • Opportunity to participate in specialist Integrative Oncology, Survivorship and Supportive Clinics and MDTs (in addition to Palliative Care clinics).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Model behaviours consistent with the COBLH mission and vision and values.
  • Provide high quality clinical care as part of a multidisciplinary team and coordinate clinical services (inpatient and outpatient), with the support of team.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary coordinated care through case conferencing, discharge planning, patient education programs and participate in Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings.
  • Participate in on-call rosters as required. 
  • Contribute to teaching and departmental educational sessions such as Journal Club and educational sessions.

 The following Selection Criteria are essential:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in the medical profession with demonstrated experience in Palliative Care. Dual-training welcome.
  • Relevant post graduate specialist qualification, combined with Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM). Or due for completion in early 2022.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a part of, support, manage, supervise, and mentor an effective multidisciplinary clinical team, including integrative oncology practitioners and supportive care professionals. 
  • Understanding of and willingness to contribute to ongoing improvements in the development of the Palliative Care department within the greater Supportive Care Service at COBLH.

The following Selection Criteria are desirable:

  • Experience and interest in medical education provision in the field of Palliative and Supportive Care.
  • Interest and experience in research in Palliative and Supportive Care. Willingness to participate actively in the Departmental Research endeavours, particularly quality projects.
  • Demonstrated insight into current challenges and future directions of the health, social or aged care services industries
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication in complex clinical situations in the setting of malignancy.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter addressing the above selection criteria to [email protected]

For more information about this position, please contact A/Prof. Judith Lacey (Director of Supportive Care Department) at 02 8514 0578 and/or Dr Kasia Chmiel (Palliative Care Medical Lead) at 02 8514 0537; and for more information about Lifehouse, please visit

This is a Category A position. To be employed by Chris O’Brien Lifehouse you are required to provide evidence of vaccination to comply with the NSW Health Occupational Assessment, Screening & Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases Policy. Information regarding this Policy is available on our careers website:

Lifehouse is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply for all our current open positions. If you require assistance, please let us know at the time of your application.


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