Director of Indigenous Health Education

Sydney, Australia
01 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Organisation

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 Opportunity

  • Unique newly created opportunity
  • Significantly contribute to trends, initiatives and directions in Indigenous health education at UNSW
  • Full time, 3 year - Fixed Term opportunity
  • Academic Level C: $127, 663 – $146, 465 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading

The Director of Indigenous Health Education is responsible for providing strategic leadership on all matters relating to Indigenous health education, as well as curriculum development and oversight regarding education on Indigenous health-related issues. The Director of Indigenous Health Education will work with the Senior Vice Dean Education, Associate Dean Education, Medicine Program Authority, Chairs of Medicine Phase and Curriculum Development Committees, Program Authority for Exercise Physiology as well as Program Authorities for Medicine’s postgraduate coursework programs and other key areas of the University to develop and contribute towards Indigenous health-related teaching.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide strategic leadership on all matters relating to Indigenous health education.
  • Provide advice to the Senior Vice Dean (Education) on trends, initiatives and directions in Indigenous health education and be responsible for the oversight of Indigenous health curricula within UNSW Medicine.
  • Work with UNSW Medicine and other university members to forward various Aboriginal statements and action plans, including UNSW Elders.
  • Work with the Director of Development and Engagement to promote Indigenous philanthropy across the faculty.
  • Collaborate with Program Authorities and Committees, and Subject to the approval of the Senior Vice Dean (Education), define Faculty goals to support Indigenous health education, including indigenous-health related curriculum development and Indigenous student recruitment and retention
  • Provide support to the Senior Vice Dean (Education) and Program Authorities to ensure that accreditation standards are met regarding Indigenous health education

About the Successful Applicant

  • Bachelor’s degree; ideally in the field of education or Indigenous health. Masters or PhD in the fields of education or Indigenous health would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated thorough understanding of the issues, directions and challenges in Indigenous health.
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history or extensive experience working with Indigenous peoples.
  • Sound understanding of University and Faculty administration, practices, policies and procedures.
  • Proven record of management experience with effective strategic leadership and team building capabilities, ideally within a higher education environment.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the principles and application of Equal Employment Opportunities, Anti-discrimination legislation and Occupational Health and Safety legislation in the work place.

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Professor Gary Velan - Senior Vice Dean of Education


Applications close: 11 pm 3rd March 2019

This position is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only.  UNSW has obtained an exemption under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) to designate and recruit professional and academic positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons only, to fulfil UNSW’s goal of a representative workforce rate.