Chair in Women's Health

Melbourne, Australia
03 Apr 2018
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04 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Melbourne School of Population & Global Health

The University of Melbourne

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne is the pre-eminent faculty of medicine, public health and health sciences in Australia, and a world leader in its class. The Faculty, renowned for global leadership in health research, policy, and practice, is Australia’s largest biomedical and health research faculty and was ranked 9th globally in 2018 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Faculty’s new strategic plan, Beyond 2018 ( sets out the ambition to change the world of health and healthcare and ensure that the Faculty remains Australia’s leading health and biomedical faculty.
As one of 5 graduate Schools within the Faculty, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health has expertise in many disciplines including epidemiology and biostatistics, health economics, psychology, health social sciences and humanities (sociology, anthropology, history, demography, ethics), health promotion, and health policy. There is considerable expertise in Indigenous health mental health, communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control, and in global health, especially in health systems and health security in the developing world. The School is home to four Centres, one of which is the Centre for Health Equity, and one Institute (the Nossal Institute for Global Health). The Centre for Health Equity consists of five Units, namely Gender and Women’s Health, Health Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Indigenous Studies, Evidence and Child Health, and Indigenous Health Equity (including the Indigenous Eye Health Unit).

Gender and Women’s Health conducts research that explores the health of women, with a particular focus on the effects on health of gender inequity at the intersection of social, economic and cultural factors. The Unit is a broad multidisciplinary, with expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, and with disciplinary skills including epidemiology and psychology.
The Centre for Health Equity (CHE) seeks to appoint an outstanding academic, with an exemplary research track record, to the role of Chair in Women's Health. The successful candidate will provide vision and academic leadership to advance research on the health of women, taking account of gender inequity at the intersection of social, economic and cultural factors. The Chair will demonstrate high-level expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies and data analysis and have the ability to work with a broad multidisciplinary team. In addition, the Chair will contribute to academic teaching (award and short courses, including the Master of Public Health) at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Chair will have a track record demonstrating a high level of external engagement and recognition,with the ability to build strong external research partnerships particularly in the Asia Pacific region, as well as furthering the Centre's partnership with the World Health Organisation as a WHO Collaborating Centre. Evidence of contributing to national health policy debates would be considered advantageous.

It is also possible that a suitable appointee could be considered for the role as Director of the Centre for Health Equity, though this is not a requirement for the position of Chair in Women’s Health.
A detailed information package is available at quoting reference 3528. Should you have additional questions please contact Lara Connolly in the Sydney office of Perrett Laver at or on +61 (0)2 8354 4027.
The closing date for applications (consisting of a CV and a covering letter) is Friday 4th May at 5:00pm AEST.