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Associate Professor or Professor of Indigenous Health (Education Focused)

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
2 May 2024

Job Details

  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior Indigenous Health educator who is a leading authority in their discipline to join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort in the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Continuing, full-time, Identified Education Focused position.
  • Attractive remuneration package based at Camperdown Campus
  • Access to up to AUD$30K to support education-related activities, including education-related research and education-related professional development and learning

About the opportunity

The Associate Professor/Professor role is designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This Exemption is claimed under Section 21 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is seeking to appoint an Education Focused Associate Professor or Professor of Indigenous Health. Education Focused positions are designed for educators known for their exceptional skills in teaching and curriculum design. This role, which focuses on embedding First Nations histories, cultural protocols, and ways of doing, being, and sharing knowledge into curricula, will provide key leadership in helping the University of Sydney achieve its ambitions under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Plan 2022-2024 and the University's One Sydney, Many People Strategy.

You will join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort.

For further insights into this exciting opportunity, we invite you to watch this video.

The Associate Professor or Professor Indigenous Health will play a pivotal role in leading the development and integration of First Nations Health teaching and learning experiences across the Faculty and will specifically lead the co-design and development of the Faculty's First Nations Curriculum Framework. This nation-leading Framework seeks to embed First Nations knowledges and pedagogies into the way we do business in each of the faculty's seven schools, and across all of our disciplines and curricula.

With a focus on innovative curriculum development and scholarship, the Associate Professor or Professor will spearhead projects aimed at exploring pedagogical advancements, coordinate high-quality teaching, and engage in collaborations with key partners, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, students and communities. Responsibilities will encompass supervising educational contributions, designing curriculum, and conducting research projects to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning. As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person with a national or international reputation, you will pioneer initiatives to elevate the University's standing in education, contribute to the development of program-level materials, and represent the institution at global forums, thus solidifying its position as a leader in Indigenous Health education.

As a successful candidate you will be expected to dedicate most of your contribution to teaching and teaching-related activities (70%), while also engaging in research (20%) and governance, leadership, and engagement (10%).

About you (skills, capabilities and experience)

The University is committed to being an attractive and safe place to work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and to improving recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. This education-focused role is designed to support the development of culturally competent and inclusive teaching and will contribute to the First Nations leadership of their school and faculty.

The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Evidence of identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence.
  • PhD in an academic field relevant to the discipline or have the equivalent educational, clinical, professional, or First Nations lived experience in your field of teaching expertise.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of strategic issues within the higher education sector.
  • Maintain a broad network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions.
  • International reputation as an authority in educational design and delivery, including recognition for achieving improved or consistently excellent student outcomes, educational innovation, educational leadership and/or well-regarded pedagogical or disciplinary research.
  • A distinguished record of educational excellence, evidenced by contributions to student learning, recognition and innovative practices.
  • A proven record for obtaining external funding for scholarly activities and research.
  • Significant experience in leadership and management within the higher education, including excellence in supervision and/or mentoring.
  • Demonstrated success in leading an academic endeavour from curriculum design to producing leading research and providing a student enabling environment

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a continuing position on a full-time basis, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. 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.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will be provided if required.

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

Click to view the Position Description for this role.

For further information

The University has engaged executive search firm Fisher Leadership to assist with this appointment. The Fisher Leadership team will support the Selection Committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.

For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out your application, please contact:

Andrew Norton
Managing Partner
1300 347 437 (Australia) or +61 3 9016 6000 (international)

Address for applications

To submit your application, please visit the Fisher Leadership website and apply online, quoting reference UOSpih0324.


To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

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.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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

Applications Close

Thursday 02 May 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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