Position Details
Reference Number 39700
Position Title Senior Corporate Counsel
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Entity Monash Health
Department Chief Legal Officer
Location Monash Medical Centre Clayton
Position Summary
  • Varied legal advisory role, complex operating environment
  • Emphasis on high quality, timely and cost effective advice
  • Leverage your strong relationship and negotiation skills

About Monash Health

Monash Health is an impressive organisation of seven public hospitals, 21 community health sites, five aged care facilities, university affiliated international research and tertiary education. We provide healthcare for the entire lifespan from pre-birth to palliative care and all stages in between, and we have recently opened the new 230-bed Monash Children’s Hospital.

About the Role

With significant growth in our consumer base, and increasing complexity in our operating environment, the work of our Legal team is increasingly important in providing a consistently safe environment for our people, patients and visitors alike.

We are now seeking a highly motivated, experienced legal professional to join our corporate legal team in a full time, fixed term position for seven (7) months. This role is based at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton.


Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, you will provide professional legal advice and services across a wide range of operational and strategic issues across Monash Health. Some examples include: 

  • Negotiating, drafting and settling major contracts including procurement/vendor agreements, government services contracts and other external arrangements;
  • Advising and supporting staff in preparing statements relating to serious complaints, civil (public liability and medical litigation), coroner’s cases, VCAT actions and other legal proceedings;
  • Assisting the Chief Legal Officer to prepare reports and advice to the Chief Executive on current major legal matters and areas of potential exposure;
  • Contributing to the development and maintenance of policies applicable to legal risk management, patient rights, quality improvement, incident reporting, health information services and other matters relevant to the operation of a major public health service; and
  • Ensuring that Monash Health is compliant with all legal and legislative requirements.

Your qualifications, experience and expertise:

You have demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and to provide legal advice on a broad range of operational and strategic issues. You are comfortable working in a complex environment and you can effectively triage urgent matters. 

Knowledge of the legal framework of the Public Health sector and and understanding of the social, ethical and financial issues associated with the delivery of public health services is highly desirable. Your proven ability to establish, develop and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders will be key to success in this role.   

You hold a current practising certificate as an Australian Legal Practitioner, issued by the Legal Services Board of Victoria and you are admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. 

A current motor vehicle Driver’s Licence is preferred as the role may require some travel between Monash Health sites.

In return:

You will perform an important role in a business-critical service function. The size and scope of Monash Health enables development and advancement opportunities at all levels.  

Salary packaging options are available which can increase your takehome pay, and you can also benefit from concessional onsite parking and access to an onsite gym.

Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.

Preferred candidates will require a clear Police Check and a current Employee Working with Children’s Check prior to any offers of employment being made.

As part of our selection process, you may be invited by email to participate in an on-camera video interview. 

Please note, applications will be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System only. Email applications will not be considered.

Contact Person
Peter Ryan Chief Legal Officer (03) 9594 2742 Peter.Ryan@monashhealth.org
Advertising Closing 26/09/2019
Proposed End Date 09/05/2020
Position Documents
Position Description Senior Corporate Counsel PD Senior Corp Counsel Sept 2019.pdf
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