Rachel, in addition to pediatric wards in other hospitals, most but not all the capital cities have a children's hospital - I know RCH
in Melbourne has a haematology/oncology unit and I imagine the others do, too.
Assuming you want to stay in your specialty and/or in acute care, the capital cities are your best bet; although there are big hospitals in large regional centres, the sickest patients are treated there. The odds are good that you'll be able to find a position, particularly if you're not starting work in Jan - March (and competing with new grads), so the question is which state you want to live in.
I don't know what you know about Aus, so I apologise if any or all of this is familiar. You have essentially two options - the more remote west coast or the more heavily populated east coast. Perth (the Princess Margaret
) is beautiful but about 8 hours flight away from the rest of us, while Darwin has a lot of career opportunities but is hot, remote, and doesn't seem to have a paediatric hospital or specialised paediatric oncology services.
If you want to go east coast your choices are between Brisbane (the Mater Children's hospital
and the Mater Children's private
, with a new hospital
planned to open in 2014), Sydney (SCH
but the latter doesn't have haem/onc), Canberra (no specialised hospital yet but plans are in process), Melbourne (the afore-mentioned RCH), and Adelaide (Women's & Children's
I hope that helps a little. There are a multitude of threads in this section debating the relative merits of the main capitals (predominantly Melbourne/Sydney/Adelaide). Good luck