Lecturer, Public Health Management, Tropical Health

Townsville, Australia
Mar 07, 2019
End of advertisement period
Mar 31, 2019
Contract Type
Part Time


The appointee will have a strong background in Public Health Management and Tropical Health programs. With a demonstrated passion, experience and capacity for teaching, the appointee will take a lead role in the design and delivery of innovative and high quality content in the field of Public Health Management and Health Policies. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate interest in contributing to the Discipline’s research activity in areas matching their professional interests and strengths.

The position offers the appointee the scope to develop their own research portfolio in association with a strong group of collaborators in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the newly formed Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre, the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases and other research centres within James Cook University (JCU) and external groups based within Australia and the region.

Academic Group – Public Health and Tropical Medicine

The Discipline of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at JCU is seeking an enthusiastic, teaching and research orientated qualified academic in the area Public Health Management, for a full-time, continuing position. Its programs include a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM) and a Master of Public Health (MPH), as well as Certificate and Diploma level courses covering core public health competencies with a particular focus on tropical, rural and remote environments, offered through online and face-to-face delivery in semester and block mode.

The Discipline also plays a key role in embedding public health curriculum across undergraduate health professional courses and is developing short courses for professional development in Australia and the region.


  1. Coordinate and teach as directed by the Academic Head and/or direct supervisor into under-and postgraduate subjects, offered by Public Health and Tropical Medicine on the Cairns and Townsville and outer campuses (Mt Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island) face-to-face and virtually, including, public health management, health policy and health economics.
  2. Contribute to the development and ongoing update of subject materials and innovative new offerings in the discipline as described above, including short course delivery in Australia and regionally. Contribute to research activities in Discipline of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, including sourcing and applying for new funding. Contribute towards the administration and other activities of the Discipline and University as required.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Lecturer is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Lecturer is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Lecturer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the wellbeing of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.



Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

  1. MPH or equivalent in a closely related area and professional/academic experience in the public health field especially in programme management and implementation.
  2. PhD (or equivalent higher research degree) in a public health related area.
  3. At least 3 years of working experience in health management at mid-level position.
  4. Ability to play an active role in the design, development and coordination of public health management, health policies and health economics subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as substantial experience of activities that reflect scholarly learning and teaching practices of internal and external offerings in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in an multidisciplinary team.
  5. Proven research record based on publications in peer-reviewed journals and research funding attracted. Experience in developing and applying for research funding proposals internally and externally on an individual basis or as a member of an team.
  6. Demonstrated ability to contribute to discipline and cross-discipline governance at academic group and college level through participation in committees.
  7. Evidence of management, support and organizational skills at subject level in line with policy and procedures when working with tutors, casusal personal and staff members.


  1. Lived and worked in rural, remote and/or tropical locations within or outside Australia. 
  2. Established local and regional research networks.
  3. Working knowledge/experience of use of health economics concepts (data for budgetary decision making and advocacy, monitoring and evaluation).
  4. Hold qualifications recognised and registrable in Australia.

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