Head of the University Department of Rural Health

Sydney, Australia
21 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Exciting opportunity for an academic health professional to support rural NSW.
  • Provide leadership in medical and research education, and community engagement
  • 5-year fixed-term appointment with the possibility for renewal and an attractive remuneration package.

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Medicine and Health has a long-standing commitment to building the pipeline for rural trained health professionals and to improving the health of people in rural, regional and remote communities. This commitment has been supported by continuous program funding by the Federal Government. The University has three University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) located in Broken Hill, Dubbo/Orange and Norther Rivers/Lismore. Each of the three University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) are multi-professional and multi-disciplinary delivering clinical education and research. The UDRHs have strong collaborative relationships with the health services and communities within which they are located.

We are seeking to appoint an academic leader, at the level of Associate Professor or Professor, as Head of the University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) at Broken Hill. Over the past 25 years, the focus of the UDRH has been on the establishment of supportive environments for the contextualised education of medical, nursing and allied health students from multiple university partners requiring clinical placements. The Broken Hill UDRH also actively works to improve the quality of health care for rural Australians by fostering local and regional partnerships and enhancing national expertise in rural and remote health research and the translation of research into policy and practice. The UDRH team is spread across the far west, north and south-western regions of New South Wales.

The Head of the Broken Hill UDRH, is a senior management position and the successful candidate is expected to have strong skills in stakeholder engagement, in education and/or research in rural and remote health, and in operational management. The Head will work as part of the leadership team of the cognate school (Currently Sydney Medical School). The Head's role incorporates leadership of the UDRH's teaching and research programs and the management of external relationships including with local communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Federal and State Governments, local health districts and health professional councils and with existing health providers in the region. The Head will contribute to the Faculty and School's strategic planning related to rural and regional health and work closely with the rural schools in Lismore and Dubbo/Orange.

About you

The successful candidate will be a PhD qualified academic in a field relevant to rural, regional and remote health, with a national or international reputation in the field, and eligible for registration in NSW as a health professional. You will have a track record in leading multi-disciplinary health professional teams. You will have a sound understanding of the learning needs of different health professionals and a communication style which is engaging and supportive of a positive workplace culture. The successful candidate will have an ability to lead and develop academics and to work in partnership with professional staff. You will have demonstrated experience in financial and in operational management practices.

The successful candidate must have established relationships with key academic, industry and/or professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the school, faculty and University.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a 5-year fixed-term position on a full-time basis, with the possibility for renewal subject to assessment of performance. The appointment is also subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees.

Relocation assistance will also be provided if required. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

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The University of Sydney will be supported in its search forthis appointment by the executive search firm Ccentric Group. Please contact Ccentic Group if you wish to discuss this role further in confidence. Pam Lubrainschik +61 452 295 088. For more information and to submit your application, please register your interest with a CV and a cover letter at Further information is available through Ccentric Group and the University’s website.


As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Applications Close

Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:59 PM

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