Executive Director, WA Health Translation Network

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
06 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Up to a three year appointment (with option for renewal)
  • Generous flexibly constructed remuneration package (plus superannuation) will be negotiated commensurate with qualification and experience.
  • Full time or part time opportunity

The WAHTN is seeking:

A dynamic and strategic leader with extensive knowledge of high-level research in the health and medical sector and its translation into clinical practice.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspirational leader to achieve real change in the delivery of healthcare in Western Australia.

About WAHTN:

The WAHTN is accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as a Research Translation Centre. WAHTN is a collaboration of twenty-three Partner Organisations and operates as a multi-site, state-wide, collaborative health translation network, which brings together WA's universities, medical research institutes, public and private hospitals and service providers, PathWest and the WA Department of Health, to embrace and accelerate the translation of health and medical research into improved patient care.

WAHTN promotes and supports health research and its translation into clinical practice through stakeholder engagement, advocacy, leadership and a series of enabling platforms that catalyse, facilitate and unify researchers across WA. As a member of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), WAHTN collaborates with nine other accredited Research Translation Centres across the Country to upscale and drive transformational change.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) acts as Centre Agent for the twenty-three Partner Organisations that are members of WAHTN. As Centre Agent, UWA provides business support to the WAHTN.

About the opportunity:

As Executive Director, you are expected to provide strong, dynamic and inspiring leadership. You will be expected to create an environment in which innovative health and medical research will lead to improved care for patients by:

  • Building research interest and capability with and across our Partner Organisations;
  • Facilitating genuine consumer and community involvement in health research; and
  • Building collaborative strategic partnerships between health researchers, clinicians, educators, consumers, health providers and industry to promote research excellence and increase scale and national competitiveness.

You will enthuse, negotiate and influence key stakeholders at the highest levels of Board and administration of WAHTN Partners, including State and Commonwealth Government.

To be considered for the role, you will demonstrate:

  • Tertiary qualifications relevant to the health and medical sector.
  • Substantial experience in a Health Service, Research, University or Government environment with a demonstrated understanding of Australian health systems and service delivery, the health research environment, health education and health policy development.
  • Superior interpersonal, networking, communication, negotiation and relationship building skills with a demonstrated ability to influence and inspire others to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Substantial senior management experience.
  • Expertise in the development and delivery of strategic and business plans and major projects, specifically in the translation of high level research into clinical practice or in achieving transformational change.

Enquiries to: Professor Gary Geelhoed, current WAHTN Executive Director on 0414 931 098 or Will Fuller, Talent Manager, University of Western Australia at will.fuller@uwa.edu.au 

Closing date: Midday (Western Australian Standard Time) Monday 31 January 2022.

Applications must be submitted online. Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

Your application should include the following:

  • A covering letter or statement that clearly demonstrates the extent to which you satisfy each of the selection criteria.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • The names and contact details of two referees.