Associate Professor / Professor and Head of Spinal Unit


An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate, dependent on experience.

Fixed-term, full time position available immediately for a period of up to 5 years.

Play a pivotal role in leading clinical services and innovative research within the Spinal Unit

An exciting and unique new role is being offered in partnership between the University of Adelaide and Central Adelaide Local Health Network, (known as CALHN) which has both a clinical and academic focus in Orthopaedics and Trauma based in the spinal surgery unit.

This key leadership position will see you play an important role in development of best practice models of care at the Royal Adelaide Hospital while maintaining a program of research in spinal surgery and attracting competitive research funding. You will lead a team providing high quality patient focused spinal clinical services and grow and maintain a strong culture of teaching and mentorship.

You will work closely and collaborate with colleagues within both the Spinal Surgery Unit based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of Adelaide.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an academic position within the University of Adelaide (Associate Professor or Professor) and a clinical Head of Unit position with the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. The exact distribution of duties and level of appointment will depend on the experience of the successful candidate.

Please note that special conditions apply to appointment to positions within SA Health, please refer to the role description for specific requirements.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD or equivalent higher academic qualification.
  • A medical degree registrable by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or an equivalent qualification allowing registration as a Specialist Surgeon in South Australia A commitment to excellence and demonstrated high level skills in teaching undergraduate medical students, interns and medical trainees, and in the mentorship of staff at all levels.
  • A commitment to excellence and demonstrated high level skills in teaching undergraduate medical students, interns and medical trainees, and in the mentorship of staff at all levels.
  • Proven ability to manage teaching programs including an understanding of course design and evaluation.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government, and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge, and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym, and other fitness facilities.

Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences contains one of Australia's largest concentrations of leading health researchers, teachers, and clinical titleholders. It's comprised of eight schools and a number of specialist disciplines, institutes and centres, variously focused on world-class research, and training the next generation of: medical doctors; surgeons; dentists; nurses; psychiatrists; psychologists; and other health professionals.

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The Central Adelaide Local Health Network:

We are the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. We offer a wide range of services across our network which includes:

South’s Australia’s major quaternary facility, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, and the Repat Health Precinct. We also deliver mental health services at Glenside Health Services and at a range of other locations across the metropolitan area.

We are committed to shaping the future of health through world-class care and world-class research and achieve our vision of being in the top 50 health services in the world and top 5 in Australia.

With nearly 15,000 employees delivering world-class care in line with our strategic ambitions. Our values and behaviours are our ‘theme’ and help us remain true to our purpose – providing our patients with the best possible care.

Central Adelaide LHN’s Commitment to Care is that we will improve the care we deliver to our patients by taking a holistic and comprehensive approach in four significant ways:

  • Transforming Care – by re-aligning our services and continuously improve them to better support our patients and community.
  • Supporting Care – by reforming our business and corporate service to better support our clinicians and support staff in delivering patient care.
  • Enabling Care – by fostering an organisational culture where excellent and innovation thrive.
  • Advancing Care – by creating meaningful research and development partnerships to collectively align our strategic directions, recognising our patients and our common purpose.

Our values, together with our vision and ambitions provide direction for everything that happens across our network. They outline who we are, what we stand for, what our consumers and their families can expect from us and what we can expect from each other. They guide our decisions and actions. Our values are; People first, Ideas driven, Future focussed and Community minded.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the link below for a copy of the role statement and selection criteria.

Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 27 October 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Christopher Dobbins
Medical Lead Surgery 1, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
P: 08 7074 2106

You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide and the Central Adelaide Local Health Network are Equal Employment Opportunity employers. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.