Community Partnership Fellow

Sydney, Australia
13 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) is a UNSW research centre operating from four locations: on campus at Randwick, and at Liverpool, Darlinghurst and Camperdown. CPHCE’s Mission is to contribute to better, fairer health and health care in the community by conducting research, evaluation and development that strengthens primary health care and addresses health inequities.

The Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) sits within the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and is part of the Clinical Services Integration Directorate in the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD). The SLHD’s vision is excellence in health and health care for all.

It’s mission is to work with communities to promote:

  • Co-designed and co-produced health policy, plans, new service models and research studies
  • Improvements in the social and environmental factors that sustain health
  • A healthcare system that is responsive to equity concerns
  • Best practice prevention, health promotion and health protection programs and strategies
  • Care I the community delivered close to where people live.

In collaboration with the Director (HERDU), the Community Partnerships Fellow will work with disadvantaged population groups, local health districts and other stakeholders to strengthen key partnerships and conduct research and evaluate strategies which improve access, equity and health outcomes in their communities. This position also provides academic and program support to the ‘Can Get Health in Canterbury’ project.

The position will be based in the office of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN) in Mascot and the balance in the HERDU office in the SLHD, Camperdown, or on campus in Kensington at UNSW.

The role of Community Partnerships Fellow reports to the Associate Professor and has 2 direct reports.  

About the role

  • $125 -$144k p.a. plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 24 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Direct a strategic program of research in at least one of the areas of; health equity, partnership and inter-sectoral action for health, community engagement and community development.
  • Develop and lead research and evaluation on the impact of urban development on local communities and populations in collaboration with the General Manager Population Health and the Director of HERDU.
  • Manage research programs and projects, including financial management, as required.
  • Develop research and scientific papers and proposals to lead a strategic program of research and actively publish from this research as well as the preparation of grant applications, proposals and tenders for commissioned research.
  • Develop and lead training programs on access and equity, social determinants of health and working with local communities and disadvantaged populations, and strategic programs of research to be undertaken as funding becomes available.
  • Provide mentoring and supervision of staff and students
  • Provide academic and program support to the ‘Can Get Health in Canterbury’ project.
  • Develop and evaluate the bilingual community education program and Health Impact Assessments (HIA) or Equity Focused Health Impact Assessments (EFHIA) In collaboration with the Director of HERDU and in consultation with the General Manager Population Health, SLHD
  • Develop and maintain key external partnerships for SLHD, e.g. with Primary Health Networks, Human Services Agencies, Local Government and migrant and indigenous organisations.
  • Work with other sectors, including local government and community groups, to translate effective interventions to improve access and equity for disadvantaged communities and address the social determinants of health.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD in public health or related area
  • Strong understanding of community development and community engagement principles in migrant and marginalised communities
  • Experience in the leadership and operational management of health services research programs in the field of urban development, health equity, partnership and inter-sectoral action for health, community engagement and community development.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualise and implement research and evaluation in areas relevant to health services research, and to develop these into research protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, build and sustain partnerships including working with government and non-government sectors.
  • Proven track record of research output, as evidenced by peer review publications, either published or demonstrably in the process of conference presentations
  • Evidence of an increasing trajectory of research excellence and productivity and of potential to lead research projects independently
  • High level organisational and time management skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online


Jane Lloyd

Associate Professor


P: 02 9385 1547 

Applications close: 11:00 pm 4th October 2018