Senior Academic Lead, Allied Health

Mount Isa, Australia
17 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
01 May 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

Centre for Rural and Remote Health is a federally funded University Department of Rural Health, one of a network of fifteen through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program fund as a health workforce strategy.  Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health improvement for rural and remote outback Queensland is a key focus for Allied Health programs and the appointee will work in collaboration with Gidgee Healing to achieve program goals for the centre.

The Senior Academic Lead (Allied Health) provides leadership and direction to the Allied Health Service Learning Program at Centre for Rural & Remote Health, JCU and the workforce development, student placements and support of novice practitioners at Gidgee Healing and the region more generally.  Engaging directly with all key community stakeholders and collaborating partner organizations, this incumbent supports students, allied health rural generalist trainees, supervisors and health services in our joint efforts to build a confident allied health workforce in and for our region.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

Division of Tropical health and Medicine organizational Chart Link Centre for Rural and Remote Health Directorate Chart Link

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the development and management of Allied Health Service Learning Program at the CRRH and in collaboration with Gidgee Healing.
  2. Engage with cross-sectoral partners, key community stakeholders, professional bodies, policy makers and academic staff for the development and delivery of  culturally appropriate student placement
  3. Contribute to ensuring that the curriculum and assessment requirements of the respective universities are met for each allied health student on placement through CRRH.
  4. Promote and support novice allied health and or rural generalist trainees, co-ordinate professional development opportunities for AH clinical staff.
  5. Contribute to the evidence base of effective rural training strategies in delivering rural health workforce outcomes through personal and collaborative research and evaluation and the supervision of honours and or higher degree research students.  
  6. Monitor and report on the achievement of CRRH KPIs and mission as they pertain to Allied Health education through service learning.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities  

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

  1. The Senior Academic Lead (Allied Health) 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 Senior Academic Lead (Allied Health)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 Senior Academic Lead (Allied Health) is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position hold a driver’s license and to undertake remote travel
  • It is a requirement of this position occasionally undertake work outside normal hours
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold current APHRA registration as required by the profession

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Recognised Allied health qualification & relevant postgraduate qualifications
  2. Demonstrated senior experience as a specialist or generalist allied health professional in remote Indigenous contexts
  3. Evidence of teaching ability, including a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a north west Queensland health professional education and health service environment
  4. Demonstrated experience in project / program management
  5. Demonstrated ability to with cultural diversity work and lead a small geographically dispersed team.
  6. Demonstrated management, team leader interdisciplinary skills / interprofessional practice experience in relevant areas of education and / or health service delivery. 7. Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills


  1. Demonstrated experience in service learning models
  2. Evidence of leadership in education in the university and/or professional setting
  3. Research track record relevant to opportunity