Head of School, Rural Medicine, University of New England

New South Wales
Executive Contract
02 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of New England (UNE), Armidale is a regionally based, globally networked university that is renowned for the quality of its student experience and the excellence of its research specialisations. UNE pioneered teaching to external students making it the most experienced provider of distance and innovative online education. Currently there are over 26,000 students (84% of whom are distance/online students) and approximately 1,200 academic and general staff.

The School of Rural Medicine

he School of Rural Medicine was established primarily to run the Joint Medical Program (JMP) with our partner, the University of Newcastle. UNE offers excellence in teaching, learning and research, providing opportunities for students to learn from academics and clinicians, including a range of interdisciplinary clinicians and medical specialists. The School looks to distinguish itself as the national leader in providing regional and rural training to produce a quality medical workforce.

We pride ourselves on giving our medical students a truly rural experience, exposing them to the challenges and rewards of rural practice as well as the needs of rural and remote communities.

Our small medical program cohort affords us the ability to provide personalised student support, including access to a broad range of scholarships, extracurricular clinical opportunities and learning experiences targeted at job readiness. Our small classes give students the chance to interact closely with their facilitators, many of whom are engaged in rural medical practice. The 5 year, undergraduate entry Joint Medical Program is delivered end-to-end at UNE, with clinical placements across various parts of New South Wales.

About the role  

We are searching for an innovative, strategic and ambitious medical educator to lead the School of Rural Medicine and the delivery of the MD program at UNE. As HOSRM you will strive for excellence in teaching and research to foster a learning and working culture that supports students and staff in reaching their potential. You will work with clinical, academic and professional staff to provide oversight of teaching development and initiatives, research programs and outputs, and community and stakeholder engagement, in line with Faculty and University Strategy (Future Fit 2021-2030). You will report to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health (or delegate) and operate under their broad direction.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A record of senior leadership and achievement in medical education.
  • Clinical and academic qualifications, including registration as a medical practitioner with Ahpra.
  • A record of innovation, excellence and quality improvement in medical education.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and provide agile leadership, as well as success in leading organisational change.
  • Excellent liaison and interpersonal skills, with the ability to foster and negotiate internal and external relationships and partnerships to maximal benefit for the School.
  • Effective people and performance management skills and proven ability to work collaboratively in a team.

About Armidale

Armidale is a university city in the heart of the northern tablelands. The city boasts great cafes, a flourishing music scene, and proximity to some of the country’s best hiking trails. Armidale’s schools are renowned for high quality education and extra-curricular activities. The airport has multiple daily flights to Sydney and Brisbane and the beaches of the Coffs coast are just a couple of hours’ drive away. Armidale has four distinct seasons and you can make the most of your tree change living in the heart of Armidale, or experience the tranquillity of the New England countryside on a rural property. 

Enquiries and additional information

To request the information package and selection criteria please email Lincoln Gould at Hays Education.

T 02 8226 9769

E lincoln.gould@hays.com.au

To discuss this role please contact Professor Jen Williams, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health,

email: Dean-MH@une.edu.au.  

Closing Date: 28th of February 2023


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