Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Townsville, Australia
24 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Lecturer will take an academic position for the undergraduate Occupational Therapy programs at James Cook University. The appointee will contribute to the current curriculum development and coordinate planning and implementation of core subjects. As a staff member the appointee will undertake teaching and research that compliments your areas of expertise and the goals of the Occupational Therapy discipline. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced academic to join a collegial and motivated team in the ongoing development of a revised curriculum and pursue research opportunities in a collaborative research environment.

The Occupational Therapy program, one of the pioneer allied health programs at James Cook University, commenced in 1998. The allied health disciplines in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine have been heralding new teaching, research and clinical opportunities in Rehabilitation in Northern Australia over the years. A new occupational therapy curriculum that is based on population health and with an occupation focus has commenced in 2012 to meet the unique needs of the population in the rural, remote and tropical regions. The discipline of Occupational Therapy at James Cook University has a mission to serve the needs of regional northern Australia.

The successful applicant’s Level of appointment will depend on experience and academic track record.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Office of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations. The Colleges of the Division include:

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

College of Healthcare Sciences

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Healthcare Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Midwifery, Nutrition, Psychology, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sport and Exercise Science. 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 Healthcare Sciences contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Healthcare Sciences

Principal Accountabilities

  • Conduct lectures, tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, workshops at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Initiation and development of subject materials
  • Program and subject coordination
  • Preparation and delivery of lecturers and seminars
  • Supervision of Honours (Research & Professional) and postgraduate research projects
  • Supervision of Honours (Research & Professional) students and post graduate students engaged in coursework
  • Involvement with research within the Discipline, College and University strategic research focus
  • Significant role in research projects including, where appropriate, leadership of the research team
  • Involvement in professional activities
  • Consultation with students
  • Broad administrative functions
  • Marking and assessment
  • Attendance at the various discipline and college meetings as required
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  • Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Teaching within Occupational Therapy:

  • Curriculum development;
  • Teach and supervise at Honours level;
  • Year and subject coordination;
  • Program and subject evaluation in keeping with University requirements.

Research within Occupational Therapy:

  • Involvement with the Discipline research agenda;
  • Apply for grants and establish research programs that attract external funding;
  • Collaborate with disciplines within the College of Healthcare Sciences and with other institutions to maximise research opportunities;
  • Publish research findings in high impact journals and in relevant professional journals;
  • Present at conference nationally and internationally;
  • Supervise research students at Honours level.

Professional and Community Engagement within Occupational Therapy

  • Where appropriate engage in professional or occupational therapy practice, or facilitate the professional engagement of students;
  • Maintain a high profile within the relevant professional organisations;
  • Exercise leadership in developing relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

Generic Accountabilities 

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

  1. The Lecturer 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 Lecturer 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 Lecturer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the wellbeing 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

  1. A degree in Occupational Therapy and eligibility for professional registration in Australia for Lecturer level.
  2. Academic and/or professional experience in occupational therapy.
  3. Possession of or currently completing higher research degree in occupational therapy or related field.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A qualification in occupational therapy. In determining experience relative to qualifications, regard shall be had to teaching and clinical experience, experience outside tertiary education, creative achievement, professional contributions and /or contributions to technical achievement.
  2. A post graduate qualification in occupational therapy preferably a PhD
  3. A record of demonstrable scholarly and professional achievement in a relevant discipline area.
  4. AHPRA registered or eligible for registration.
  5. Demonstrated clinical experience.
  6. Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team, including an understanding of the importance of contributing to staff meetings, discipline and university committees.
  7. Effective communication skills in order to facilitate student learning and to provide support and advice to students.
  8. Good organisational, administrative abilities and advanced computer skills.


  1. Ability to forge strong collaborative links with clinicians and contribute to the growth of the profession in the region.
  2. Experience in supervising higher degree research students.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: Physical Rehabilitation, Curriculum Development, Population Health, Community Development, Ageing in Place, Mental Health or Paediatrics.
  4. Willingness to embrace the knowledge, skills and ideals of practice in rural, remote and tropical regions.