Senior Academic Clinician

Brisbane, Australia
10 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

 Faculty of Medicine

The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine is an internationally recognised provider of world-class education and research. The research-intensive Faculty has a gross budget of almost $300 million, employs approximately 1000 continuing and fixed-term staff (headcount), has a community of more than 4000 non-salaried academic appointees and around 3200 students (headcount).

The Faculty of Medicine offers Australia’s largest medical degree program for graduates and school-leavers. Undergraduate and postgraduate programs are available in the disciplines of Medicine, Health Sciences, E-Health, Mental Health, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health. 

The Faculty possesses enormous strengths spanning research, teaching, industry engagement and clinical practice in disciplines ranging from the basic sciences, biomedical research and development, to clinical trials and public health. Research projects within the Faculty have already led to discoveries with far-reaching social and economic impacts, including the revolutionary Gardasil (TM) vaccine for cervical cancer (Professor Ian Frazer) and a drug discovery EMA401 (Professor Maree Smith), a first-in-class oral treatment for chronic pain which through Spinafex Pharmaceuticals led to Australia’s largest biotechnology commercialisation deal. Faculty staff include three highly cited authors, one Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), three Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and 12 Fellows of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).  The Faculty is a core member of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, the Brisbane-wide academic health science system.

Educational offerings in biomedical sciences, medicine and public health are informed and supported by research activity across a range of fundamental and clinical areas of importance including recognised strengths in cancer, skin diseases, brain and mental health, maternal and child health and genomics. Cutting-edge facilities such as the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF), the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR), our laboratories in the Translational Research Institute (TRI) and the new Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) enable outstanding research outcomes and sharpen our understanding of cancer, autoimmunity, mental disorders, infectious diseases and neurological disease.

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The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School

The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) envisages securing a self-sustaining medical workforce for regional Queensland through excellence in medical education, research and community service. With a footprint encompassing the greater part of central and western regional Queensland, the School comprises four clinical sites – Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Toowoomba. Significant investment in people and training infrastructure at each site provides the operational focus for a network of smaller clinical training locations in host communities across the state. With a recurrent budget of up to $9 million per annum provided through the Australian Government’s Multidisciplinary Rural Health Training (MRHT) program and a capital works portfolio in excess of $20 million, UQRCS is a substantial enterprise.

The Clinical School is the rural base for the delivery of the UQ medical program. There is a long tradition of success working in partnership with healthcare systems and service providers to train senior (Phase 2) medical students. Each year, more than 500 medical  students engage with the rural experience through a range of long term (1-2 years) placements or shorter term (4-16 weeks) learning opportunities.

The role

The primary purpose of the position is to provide academic oversight to the UQ Rural Hub Project which aims to improve the retention of medical graduates to rural and regional areas by better coordinating the different stages of medical training within the region and building additional rural training capacity. The position will assume a key leadership role within UQRCS to establish, lead and build UQs Regional Training Hub model in the identified catchment (Central Queensland, Southern Queensland and Wide Bay) across the footprint of the UQRCS and respective Hospital and Health Service Regions.  The position will work closely with the Professional Colleges, Junior Doctors and medical students to establish rural career pathways, building on the requirements of the RHMT Commonwealth grant and social accountability principles of the UQRCS to improve the health and wellbeing of the community it serves. 

There are three part-time positions which will be recruited to which will be based at: The Central Queensland Hub in Rockhampton, the Wide Bay Hub position in Bundaberg and the Southern Queensland Hub in Toowoomba.  Other locations may be negotiated in the identified catchment (Central Queensland, Southern Queensland and Wide Bay) across the footprint of the UQRCS and respective Hospital and Health Service Regions.  A joint clinical academic appointment with a Hospital and Health Service may be negotiated.

The person

This is an exceptional opportunity for a clinical academic with proven leadership capacity at a senior level in a complex organisational environment and a demonstrated record of achievement and innovation in a clinical educational role. The successful applicant will have a medical qualification including fellowship of a Professional College (or equivalent) and eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner in the State of Queensland. Candidates should have experience in rural, remote and/or Indigenous Health issues, rural health education and training and/or related research and a demonstrated commitment to improving access for rural and remote Australians to quality health services.


3 part-time (0.2FTE to 0.4FTE), fixed-term appointments are available for 1 year at Academic Level D.  An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on academic level and clinical experience.  The salary package will include payment of a clinical loading and 17% superannuation.

A joint clinical academic appointment with a Hospital and Health Service may be negotiated.

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Sarah Strasser, on +61 7 4633 9702 or

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