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Director, University Department of Rural Health

Other Health Care

Posted: 28 Apr 2022

Location: Katherine, Alice Springs or Nhulubuy NT

The overarching aim of Flinders Rural and Remote Health NT is to be a hub for innovative health research, education and workforce development in the Northern Territory.


Employ­ment Type

Fixed-term, full-time until 31 Decem­ber 2024

Com­pen­sa­tion Grade

Aca­d­e­m­ic Lev­el D

Salary Range

$146,208 — $160,824 p.a. + 17% super­an­nu­a­tion + an allowance (to be negotiated)

Report­ing to:

Deputy Dean, Rur­al and Remote Health (NT)

Col­lege of Med­i­cine and Pub­lic Health

About Flinders Rur­al and Remote Health NT

The over­ar­ch­ing aim of Flinders Rur­al and Remote Health NT is to be a hub for inno­v­a­tive health research, edu­ca­tion and work­force devel­op­ment in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. All activ­i­ties are dri­ven by our val­ues which focus on long-term and short-term needs of the NT community.

Flinders in the NT deliv­ers the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Med­ical Pro­gram (NTMP) and pro­vides stu­dent place­ment and work­force capac­i­ty sup­port through the Inter­pro­fes­sion­al Place­ment Learn­ing pro­gram and local based Para­med­i­cine course. The Flinders NT Region­al Train­ing Hub col­lab­o­rates with stake­hold­ers to fur­ther devel­op capac­i­ty for med­ical spe­cial­ists and rur­al gen­er­al­ist train­ing to address work­force need. Flinders in the NT also pro­vides work­force devel­op­ment through post­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion (Remote Health Prac­tice pro­gram), cul­tur­al aware­ness and oth­er train­ing and under­takes research, and Poche SA+NT focus­es on capac­i­ty devel­op­ment of Indige­nous lead­er­ship and the health workforce.

The Flinders Rur­al and Remote Health is at excit­ing time of trans­for­ma­tion and growth as we seek to progress the Rur­al and Remote Health Strat­e­gy 2020 and Flinders University’s Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence: The 2025 Agenda.

About the position

As the Direc­tor, Uni­ver­si­ty Depart­ment of Rur­al Health (NT), you will pro­vide strate­gic lead­er­ship for the nurs­ing and allied health work­force edu­ca­tion pipeline in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. This includes the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of allied health and nurs­ing edu­ca­tion spe­cif­ic to recruit­ing and retain­ing a nurs­ing and allied health work­force, across the con­tin­u­um of learn­ing. Cru­cial to achiev­ing this is, the imple­men­ta­tion of entry-to-prac­tice edu­ca­tion, pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, post grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion and train­ing and achiev­ing the work inte­grat­ed learn­ing (place­ments) and course con­tent deliv­er­ables of the Rur­al Health Mul­ti-Dis­ci­pli­nary Train­ing (RHMT) program.

Impor­tant­ly, you will also be active­ly involved in com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment, devel­op­ing part­ner­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties and pro­mot­ing activ­i­ties that aim to improve Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Health con­sis­tent with the Rur­al and Remote Health Strat­e­gy 2020.

This posi­tion is locat­ed at one of the Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty Rur­al and Remote Health Cam­pus­es in Kather­ine, Alice Springs or Nhu­lun­buy.

Please note: this posi­tion is avail­able as either a Teach­ing & Research (Bal­anced) role or Teach­ing Spe­cial­ist (Clinical/​Practitioner). Please ensure you include in your appli­ca­tion which aca­d­e­m­ic pro­file you are apply­ing for. 

About you

To be suc­cess­ful in this role, you will be a high­ly expe­ri­enced and strate­gic leader with a nurs­ing and/​or allied health back­ground, and an out­stand­ing record of aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment. You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • Strate­gic, organ­i­sa­tion­al and man­age­ment skills and expe­ri­ence man­ag­ing an allied health or nurs­ing work inte­grat­ed learn­ing pro­gram in a rur­al and remote environment.
  • Abil­i­ty to trans­late strate­gic and pro­gram objec­tives into oper­a­tional plans result­ing in high per­for­mance out­comes in a high­ly demand­ing and com­plex environment. 
  • Evi­dence of edu­ca­tion­al lead­er­ship rel­e­vant to teach­ing and learn­ing and demon­strat­ed expe­ri­ence lead­ing inno­va­tion in remote and Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander health set­tings and inspir­ing excel­lence amongst colleagues.
  • Sig­nif­i­cant demon­strat­ed under­stand­ing and expe­ri­ence of cur­ricu­lum reviews and inter­nal and exter­nal accred­i­ta­tion activities.
  • Demon­strat­ed evi­dence of sus­tained capa­bil­i­ty of pro­vid­ing a dis­tin­guished con­tri­bu­tion to research and/​or schol­ar­ship in an area aligned with the College’s research strengths evi­denced by sus­tained high qual­i­ty pub­li­ca­tions and attrac­tion of sev­er­al com­pet­i­tive exter­nal grants.

Com­ple­tion of a PhD or equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tion is also required, as is mem­ber­ship or eli­gi­bil­i­ty for mem­ber­ship of the appro­pri­ate reg­is­tra­tion board and/​or pro­fes­sion­al association. 

Expe­ri­ence in remote and Indige­nous health prac­tice and an under­stand­ing of NT health pol­i­cy con­texts is con­sid­ered high­ly desirable. 

Life at Flinders

We’re trans­form­ing, and invest­ing in peo­ple and facil­i­ties, to cre­ate con­tem­po­rary, stim­u­lat­ing and sat­is­fy­ing learn­ing and work envi­ron­ments that reflect our core val­ues of excel­lence, inno­va­tion, courage, and integri­ty. Flinders is refo­cus­ing its strate­gic pri­or­i­ties with the aim of ele­vat­ing its per­for­mance to be a top ten Aus­tralian uni­ver­si­ty, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reach­ing beyond the lim­its of build­ings, bor­ders, and back­grounds, ours is an inclu­sive cul­ture that believes absolute­ly in equal­i­ty and oppor­tu­ni­ty for all. We don’t just accom­mo­date dif­fer­ences; we embrace and cel­e­brate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Super­an­nu­a­tion + salary pack­ag­ing options
  • Flex­i­ble work­ing arrangements
  • Wide range of pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment activ­i­ties and services
  • Vibrant cam­pus life and amenities.

Pre­scribed Con­di­tions for Employment

North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion (the Care and Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren Act 2007) now requires all indi­vid­u­als in child relat­ed employ­ment or whose duties involve, or are like­ly to involve, con­tact with a child, to hold a valid Work­ing with Chil­dren Clear­ance’ (Ochre Card). This posi­tion involves child relat­ed work and is assessed as requir­ing a Work­ing with Chil­dren Clearance/​Ochre Card.

A valid Nation­al Police Cer­tifi­cate which is sat­is­fac­to­ry to the Uni­ver­si­ty will also be required before the suc­cess­ful appli­cant can com­mence in this position.

Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty has intro­duced a COVID-19 Vac­ci­na­tion Pol­i­cy that requires all new staff mem­bers to be up to date with their COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tions, sub­ject to med­ical exemptions.

How to Apply and Information

To view the full posi­tion descrip­tion and apply online, please vis­it the Jobs@Flinders web­site via the job por­tal: JR0000004295 – Direc­tor, Uni­ver­si­ty Depart­ment of Rur­al Health

We are seek­ing to increase the diver­si­ty to improve equal oppor­tu­ni­ty out­comes for employ­ees, and there­fore we encour­age female appli­cants, peo­ple with a dis­abil­i­ty and/​or from Abo­rig­i­nal or Tor­res Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Appli­ca­tions to be sub­mit­ted before:

11:59pm, Wednes­day 25 May 2022

Please note, late appli­ca­tions and appli­ca­tions sent via agen­cies will not be accept­ed.