Children, Young People and Families 
Nursing careers at John Hunter Children's Hospital

The John Hunter Children’s Hospital (JHCH), located in Newcastle NSW, offers nurses the opportunity to work in a tertiary level paediatric facility while enjoying the benefits of a lifestyle surrounded by beaches, lakes and bush.  JHCH provides complex medical, surgical, major trauma and neonatal services for Northern NSW. The Children's Hospital in Newcastle, one of three in NSW, will over the course of a year see 20,000 children and young people present to the emergency department, have 9,000 admitted to hospital and perform 30,000 occasions of service through outpatient clinics.

Children and young people may be admitted to or treated in a number of areas within the Children's Hospital, these include:

  • Children's Medical Ward (H1)
  • Oncology/Surgical Ward (J1)
  • Adolescent Ward (J2)
  • Day Surgery Unit
  • Sleep Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Allied Health Unit
  • Paediatric Oncology Day Unit

The Children's Hospital also has a NSW Department of Education and Communities School, Starlight Room, Ronald McDonald Family Room, Ronald McDonald House, Children's Library and an outdoor garden.

Visit our Nursing Careers at John Hunter Children's Hospital page for further information.

Training Opportunities

The Northern Paediatric Physician Training Network has been developed in association with IMET NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training. The hub of the network, the John Hunter Children's Hospital, is closely associated with the University of Newcastle.

There are seven other hospitals in the network, which include Tamworth Base Hospital, The Maitland Hospital, Gosford Hospital, Wyong Hospital, Manning Rural Referral Hospital, Tweed Heads and Lismore Base Hospital. The purpose of the network is to provide an organised education and training program for trainees in preparation for their FRACP examinations and their future career in the practice of paediatric medicine.

The Northern Paediatric Training Network has accredited training terms in Respiratory, Neurology, Neonatal Intensive Care, General Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency, Oncology, Endocrinology, Genetics, Chronic and Complex Care, Community Paediatrics and Immunology.

Training programs are tailored to the developmental level of the trainee. Lectures and procedural experience in our skills and simulation lab are conducted by our local experts as well as visiting specialists from interstate. There is a preparation program for pre-examination candidates for both written and clinical examinations. Our trainees have protected time from clinical duties to attend training during their work time.

Job Opportunities

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