Lecturer, Public Health Management, Tropical Health

Townsville, Australia
15 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

This position requires the incumbent to have a strong background in Public Health Management and Health Policy with a strong understanding of the Australian health care system and a demonstrated passion, experience and capacity for teaching and research. The incumbent has a lead role in the design and delivery of innovative and high quality content in the field of Public Health Management and Health Policies. A demonstrated interest in contributing to the Discipline’s research activity in areas matching their professional interests and strengths will be highly regarded.

The Discipline plays a key role in embedding public health curriculum across undergraduate health professional courses and delivering high quality postgraduate public health education.

The position offers the incumbent 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, other research centres within James Cook University (JCU) and external groups based within Australia and the region.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine encompasses human and animal health professional areas and related biomedical science disciplines. The Division has a particular focus on the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Australian communities and tropical medicine.

The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biomedicine and Molecular and Cell Biology. Working in a collaborative leadership model with the Office of the Division, the other Colleges and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Coordinate and teach as directed by the Academic Head and/or direct supervisor into undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, offered by Public Health and Tropical Medicine on the Cairns and Townsville and outer campuses (Mount Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island), delivered face-to-face and virtually, including, public health management and health policy. 
  2. Contribute to the development and ongoing update of subject materials and innovative new offerings in the discipline.
  3. Contribute to research activities in Discipline of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, including sourcing and applying for new funding.
  4. Contribute towards the administration and other activities of the Discipline and University as required.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  7. 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 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 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 to be able to travel to other JCU campuses.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. PhD (or equivalent higher research degree) in a public health related area. 
  2. Demonstrated experience of working in management or policy positions within the Australian health care system.
  3. Demonstrated ability in the design, development, coordination and delivery of public health management and health policy related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to undertake research as evidenced by track record (publications, conference presentations, grants, industry collaborations).
  5. Demonstrated ability to liaise effectively and engage with multidisciplinary academics, health care professionals, community and professional bodies and other key stakeholders.


  1. Master of Public Health.
  2. Experience working or living in a rural, remote and/or tropical locations within or outside Australia.
  3. Established local and regional professional and research networks.
  4. Possess a recognized and relevant registration with an Australian health accreditation body.