Associate Professor, Health Systems Sustainability

Sydney, Australia
06 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie, you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light. 

In Macquarie's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, you'll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) and Australia's first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare. 

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is an internationally recognised health services research facility. AIHI brings together three well-known, leading and highly successful Macquarie University research centres that work in the separate but related areas of clinical governance, implementation science, health informatics and health care quality and safety – all contributing to the goal of improving the performance and sustainability of health systems. AIHI has a commitment to multi-disciplinary teamwork and mutual professional support and respect. We have a purpose-built environment and an ethos that fosters excellent scholarship, world-class research and strong partnerships with the health sector, industry and government.

AIHI has experienced rapid growth and we anticipate this will continue in the foreseeable future. A recent addition has been the $10.75m NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability bringing together 13 investigators from across Australia as well as 4 ‘systems-based’ investigators.  

The NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health Systems Sustainability (‘the Centre’) is the newest and last partnership centre to be established by the NHMRC under the Partnerships for Better Health initiative. The Centre has four funding partners apart from the NHMRC – NSW Health, Bupa Health Foundation, the Department of Health, Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame Australia.  This five-year grant of $10.75M including $2M in-kind support from partners aims to investigate and create interventions to improve health system performance sustainability. The Centre will explore the issues impacting health care system sustainability and develop and evaluate a set of implementable interventions that are appropriate from a clinical, patient and economic perspective. The outcomes of this work will be practical in nature and relevant to governments at all levels.

The Role

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation is seeking a senior academic leader to coordinate and integrate the Centre’s research efforts, contribute new research, and lead on maximising the translation of the Centre’s research findings into policy and practice across Australia. The successful applicant for this newly created position will need to demonstrate research experience in health care systems and will also need strong project management and stakeholder management experience.


To be considered for this position applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and attach a separate document which details:

  • how your research expertise and experience will strengthen and develop the health system sustainability research program
  • whether you are seeking a full-time (100%) or fractional (%) appointment
  • responses to each of the essential and desirable selection criteria listed below:

Selection Criteria for Associate Professor, Health Systems Sustainability:


  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • An established research program with a national and international reputation in an area directly related to sustainably improving health system performance and translation of evidence into policy and practice.
  • A substantial record of publications in high quality journals and citations.
  • A history of successful applications for competitive research funding as lead investigator and success in project management and completion.
  • A commitment to contribute to academic life and administrative tasks of the Centre, Institute and University.
  • A track record of effective teamwork and research partnerships, with strengths in integrating multiple research strands for maximum system impact. 
  • Experience in the development of productive partnerships with industry, government, consumers and professional bodies.
  • Strong leadership skills and extensive experience in research supervision and coordination.
  • Demonstrated academic knowledge in the discipline and a commitment and capability to design and deliver high quality learning and teaching.


  • Experience in a health services or health policy setting.
  • Project management training and/or experience managing multi-site activities.
  • Expertise in methodology to facilitate implementation, scale-up and spread of results into policy and practice.

Salary Package: Associate Professor (Level D) base salary $134,034-$147,428 p.a, plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rata rates apply for part-time appointments.

Appointment type: Full-time or part-time fixed term position for 3 years

Specific Role Enquiries:  Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Chief Investigator, Partnership Centre for Health Systems Sustainability at:

General Recruitment Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic at

Applications Close:  11:55pm Sunday, 3rd December 2017 at 11.55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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