Coordinator in Regional Medical Training

Location
Cairns, Australia
Posted
11 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2017
Ref
16112
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Coordinator, Regional Medical Training supports the College of Medicine and Dentistry’s activities in the development and coordination of vocational training opportunities for doctors at all stages of their medical training within the Cairns and Hinterland and Torres and Cape regions. Under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program, the Far North Queensland regional training hub is a new initiative aimed at improving the recruitment and retention of medical graduates in the region.

The Coordinator, Regional Medical Training is a member of the College’s Cairns Clinical School team and works closely with the Manager, Regional Medical Training, the Clinical Dean, Directors of Clinical Training and other internal and external stakeholders to build regional medical training capacity. This includes providing support for local medical practitioners to become supervisors, assisting health services to accredit new training posts and improving the coordination of the stages of medical training, to enable students intending to practice rurally the opportunity to complete as much their medical training as possible within regional and rural north Queensland.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine encompasses human and animal health professional areas and related biomedical science disciplines. The Division has a particular focus on the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Australian communities and tropical medicine. The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College of Medicine and Dentistry

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Medicine and Dentistry promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and underserved communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Working in a collaborative leadership model with the Office of the Division, the other Colleges and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, the College of Medicine and Dentistry contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program

The Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program is an initiative of the Federal Government to increase the training and placement opportunities for health professional students in rural and remote areas, with a view to providing them with the confidence and competence to consider a career in those areas. Within the College of Medicine and Dentistry, the RHMT program supports the activities of rural clinical schools and medicine and dentistry students on rural and remote placements. In addition, the RHMT program supports the Regional Training Hubs initiative with the aim of increasing opportunities for medical trainees (interns, junior doctors and registrars) to complete as much of their postgraduate and vocational training as possible in regional and rural areas. This initiative works closely with Directors of Clinical Training and medical education units in the Hospital and Health Services to identify more training posts and support the interns and junior doctors into regionally based registrar posts in a range of medical specialties.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Medicine and Dentistry

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Coordinate and support the implementation of the Regional Medical Training Hubs program across north and west Queensland and provide advice to the Dean and College Manager on matters relating to the development and maintenance of integrated medical training at the local level.
  2. Improve the coordination of the stages of medical training to enable students intending to practice rurally the opportunity to complete as much their medical training as possible within regional and rural north Queensland.
  3. Identify medical students with an interest in practicing rurally and facilitate access to networked rural training opportunities, and provide support with career planning, placements opportunities and access to mentoring.
  4. Support the implementation of the Rural Junior Doctor Innovative Training Fund by assisting interns to access rotational placements in general practices in rural and remote areas.
  5. Work with the Clinical Dean and other Academic Clinicians to develop regional training capacity by supporting supervisors of clinical training, assisting health services in obtaining accreditation for new training positions and supporting local medical practitioners to become clinical supervisors.
  6. Establish and strengthen stakeholder relationships to improve the continuity of training for medical students/trainees in the north and west Queensland regions.
  7. Work with others to identify regional medical workforce needs in the north Queensland region and provide support and assistance to build capacity in that area.
  8. Monitor and report on the training placements available at each level of the medical training continuum within the north Queensland region.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Descriptors

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 7

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Coordinator, Regional Medical Training is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Coordinator, Regional Medical Training is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Coordinator, Regional Medical Training is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to travel within the Cairns, Torres and Cape regions and to other College locations in Queensland, which may include overnight stays.
  • It is a requirement of this position to work after hours on occasion.
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a current ‘C’ class Queensland Drivers licence.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Degree qualification in a management or education discipline or a related field with proven relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. Proven experience, or ability to attain proficiency, in the administration of medical education and training in regional health service settings.
  3. Demonstrated problem solving skills, sound judgement and initiative to develop solutions to complex issues with a focus on process and business improvement in accordance with strategic goals/objectives.
  4. Demonstrated high level written and oral communication and negotiation skills with the ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrated high level organisational and time management skills; ability to work with limited direction and achieve results when facing competing priorities.
  6. Competency in the use of information and communication technology including experience in the use of the Microsoft Office suite or equivalent, information management systems and electronic communication tools.

Desirable

  1. An understanding of the Australian health system and health service delivery, particularly in north Queensland.
  2. Experience in support for trainees across a complex training pathway.
  3. Knowledge of James Cook University teaching and administrative systems, procedures and business processes.