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Bill Nicoles Chair and Head of General Practice

Canberra, Australia
$158,072 to $206,485 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

Classification: Academic Level D or E
Salary package: $158,072 to $206,485 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed term (up to 5 years)

Position Overview

ANU has an international reputation for research and education relevant to the health and well-being of the population of Australia, as well as that of the developing world. This is achieved through discovery research, applied research in health service settings, research-led teaching in health and medical sciences, and the translation of research findings into practice and policy. The ANU College of Health and Medicine comprises the School of Medicine and Psychology, the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. These schools work together to deliver world-class research and education across the spectrum of medicine and health-related fields, working in partnership with the health sector at local, national and international levels.  

The School of Medicine and Psychology (SMP) works to advance human health and wellbeing, enhancing the lives of individuals and strengthening communities, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples, in the ACT, NSW and beyond. By integrating the disciplines of medicine and psychology we aim to unlock the secrets of health and wellbeing, develop impactful therapies, solve national and international health problems, and lead impactful social change. To do this we conduct collaborative, courageous, transformational and translational research, integrating perspectives, knowledge and techniques from multiple disciplines. We develop excellent, adaptable, resilient and innovative clinicians, academics and health care leaders of the future who work in partnership with their patients and colleagues to provide optimal care for individuals while strengthening the stem and society they work in. We partner with discovery-focussed and population researchers, healthcare providers, government, commercial and not for profit organisations and communities. 

Advancing research, education and clinical practice in general practice / primary care is a high priority of the School, reflecting the role of ANU as the National University, and the importance of primary care in national health care provision. We anticipate that the Head will work with colleagues in ANU, and the ACT Health Directorate, to develop the current Academic Unit of General Practice into a thriving Centre for Primary Care within the School and ANU.


The Head of General Practice position, funded by a generous donation from Bill Nicholes to the ANU, is a leadership role within the School of Medicine and Psychology. The position focuses on advancing general practice and primary care education, research, and collaboration.

The position will be responsible for leading the development of the Medical curriculum related to general practice, expanding primary care research, and supporting a practice-based research network across ACT and SENSW general practices. Additionally, the role involves fostering partnerships with the ACT Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services to promote excellence in general practice and primary care policy, research, and education.

The Head of General Practice will also lead scholarship and research efforts, develop and innovate teaching methods, recruit and retain healthcare professionals, maintain clinical practice, and ensure effective operational management playing a critical role in building a center of excellence in general practice and primary care at both local and national levels.


The ideal candidate for the Head of General Practice position must demonstrate strong leadership skills, with experience in mentoring colleagues and shaping organisational goals. Additionally, they should excel in teaching, curriculum development, and research, with a proven track record of attracting funding and publishing in reputable journals. The candidate should have on-site leadership capabilities and managerial experience in academic or clinical settings. Excellent communication skills are essential for fostering relationships across diverse academic and professional networks.

For further information, please contact Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Email:

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant via:  

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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