Medical Equipment Coordinator

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Global Health Program is a DFAT accredited, non-government organisation working on health and development programs with our partners across Asia and the Pacific. Our Global Health Program focuses on strengthening health systems and building the clinical capacity of health work forces to improve the quality and accessibility of clinical services.

Reporting to the Program and Operations Manager, the Medical Equipment Coordinator will play a pivotal role in the planning and deployment of Visiting Medical Teams (VMTS) conducting surgery with clinical partners across the Asia-Pacific region, as part of the RACS Global Health Program.  The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain highly collaborative relationships with colleagues, RACS Fellows, RACS specialist medical volunteers, key suppliers and clinical partners.

About the role

This role is based in Melbourne and will be offered on a fixed term, three-year contract at .8 FTE or 4 days a week (flexible and willing to consider .6FTE). In this role, the Medical Equipment Coordinator will manage RACS Medical Equipment room and suite of medical equipment and supply of drugs and consumables to ensure that comprehensive medical equipment kits, aligned to key surgical specialties, are ready and appropriate for overseas deployment with VMTS.  High level key responsibilities include:

  • Drugs and Poisons Compliance Management
  • Coordination of Equipment, Drugs and Consumables for Visiting Medical Team Deployment
  • Finance and Assets Management
  • Procurement and Logistical Equipment Supply to RACS Global Health, Timor Leste Country Office and Indo-Pacific Clinical Partners
  • Policy and Procedure Development

Skills and experience  

The Medical Equipment Coordinator will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Essential Qualifications – Registered Nurse and Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent qualification.
  • Desirable Qualifications – Post-Graduate studies in Perioperative Nursing
  • Essential Experience – Experience in all areas of Perioperative Nursing, including Intraoperative, Anaesthetics and PACU Nursing.
  • Desirable Experience – Overseas Medical Aid program or as a volunteer on an aid program. Theatre NUM or ANUM experience in ENT, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Urology and Neurosurgery theatres
  • Essential Skills – APHRA Registered Nurse with detailed knowledge of surgery needs and requirements. Specific knowledge of ACORN standards.
  • Ability to make strategic and logistic recommendations and forward planning of surgical equipment.
  • Excellent communication skills. Updated knowledge of suppliers of surgical consumables and equipment.

Further requirements

Competent in Excel and Word. Ability to work in a diverse multi-disciplinary team environment. Lateral thinking and ability to make quality improvements when required. Ability to work independently and establish work priorities when faced with multiple tasks. Ability and awareness to work in a variety of different cultural settings.


At our organisation, we are proud to have such a positive impact on improving health outcomes in the community. Our people are very important to us and we treat everyone fairly and are mindful of our colleagues and their wellbeing. Working at RACS you will thrive in our environment where we recognise, we are all one team. Our employees are at their best when they have balance in their lives, so by joining our team you will have:

  • flexibility to combine working from home with time spent in the office.
  • access to mental wellbeing app Groov.
  • wellbeing reimbursement.
  • gifted additional leave at the end of the year.
  • access to online learning portal THRIVE with a catalogue of 70,000+ courses.
  • access to an Employee Assistance Program which includes counselling for personal and work-related issues, support for family members, legal support, career development and planning, nutrition & lifestyle advice as well as financial counselling.

We truly care about our employees’ health and wellbeing and encourage our people to bring their whole selves to work.

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