Professor, Acute Nursing, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Perth, Australia
06 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • 5 Year fixed-term contract, full-time
  • $190,641 (ALE) plus 17% superannuation

Professor, Acute Care Nursing (Teaching and Research)

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners and is a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

About us

Curtin School of Nursing is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in nursing, midwifery and paramedic education and research, delivering a range of innovative programs taught by leaders in the health industry. We complement our thought-provoking theory with life-changing clinical experiences to prepare our students for the captivating Nursing, Midwifery or Paramedicine career that lies ahead. Our Nursing course is ranked 11th nationally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

The School offers undergraduate programs in each discipline and postgraduate course of study in specialised nursing areas such as critical care, paediatrics, international health and leadership. The key research foci for the School includes Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Research, Wound Management, Palliative Care, Clinical Safety and Quality and Midwifery, Maternal and Child Health. The School is involved in research, consultancy and commercial activities in a wide range of health care areas, particularly in the areas directly related to current programs.

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Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG) is part of the East Metropolitan Health Services (EMHS). It comprises Royal Perth Hospital and Bentley Health Service – two hospitals with a long history of providing outstanding health care to Western Australians. RPBG places a great emphasis on providing excellent, high quality and safe nursing and midwifery care, with an ongoing focus on driving better outcomes and experiences for patients and their families.

RPBG is an intercity hospital providing exceptional health care services to the broader community along with a number of State wide services within the Western Australian health system including:

  • State adult major trauma services;
  • Mental Health Services;
  • Over 730 bed across RPBG; and
  • Delivering a range of acute and elective medical and surgical services.

It is the first organisation to introduce Health in a Virtual Environment (HIVE). Located in the newly constructed Command Centre at Royal Perth Hospital -the HIVE will be staffed 24-hours a day by clinical experts.

The service will be enabled by an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that interacts with a range of medical devices and clinical applications to identify subtle changes in patients’ conditions and detect early signs of clinical deterioration.

Bentley Health Service incorporates Bentley Hospital and community and mental health services and offers a range of clinical services including:

  • comprehensive adult and older adult mental health services
  • youth mental health service (East Metropolitan Youth Unit)
  • rehabilitation and aged care
  • maternity services
  • same-day medical and surgical services
  • ambulatory and community health programs
  • clinical support services including allied health, imaging (contracted on site), pathology (PathWest), pharmacy, anaesthesia and theatres.

RPBG has a vision to become Australia’s Safest Healthcare Group. This vision has been clearly articulated over a 1000 day plan to improve staff and patient outcomes, with key priority areas being:

  • Deliver what matters most
  • No patient harm
  • Deliver consistent high quality care
  • Have a culture of continuous improvement

Your new role

As a recognised leader in the field of Acute Nursing, you will develop, expand and shape the nursing research across RPBG and lead nationally competitive nursing research. To succeed it is expected that you will grow the culture of nursing research within RPBG, and have the ability to implement a strategic research framework. Proven experience in leadership and mentoring of small teams will be vital for this role.

You will be required to;

  • Support the Director of Nursing and Midwifery in developing and overseeing the nursing research strategy within RPBG.
  • Build the research and enquiring mind in nursing at RPBG
  • Mentor young researchers, supervise research students and their research projects.
  • Foster the development of aspiring nursing researchers.
  • Deliver continued research with an international reputation as an outstanding scholar.

You will bring to the role

  1. A doctoral qualification in relevant discipline.
  2. Registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  3. An outstanding contribution to scholarship in research.
  4. A record of leadership in Acute Nursing at either a state, national or international level.
  5. Extensive experience and outstanding record of providing supervision to HDR students.
  6. Demonstrated high  level  communication  and  interpersonal  skills  with  the  ability  to  foster  the  development  of  a  collegial  and  supportive  working  environment  and  the  ability to    interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this position.

Next steps

Please apply online with a resume and cover letter outlining your vision for the role and including sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.

To view a copy of the role’s Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Applications close: Thursday, 29th April 2021 10.00PM AWST

Contact details

For information on the application process, please contact the Curtin Careers team at or Lisa Kirkpatrick, Talent Acquisition Consultant on 08 9266 4292

To speak to a specialist in the area and for role related responsibilities, please contact Distinguished Professor Phill on

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin and RPBG

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin and RPBG has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

Curtin has received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).


Curtin and RPBG reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.