Professor of Allied Health Research

Canberra, Australia
13 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
11 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time



The University of Canberra is a young University anchored in the national capital. UC works with government, business and industry to serve our communities and nation. UC challenges the status quo always pursuing better ways to teach, learn, research and add value – locally and internationally. Distinctive by Design, UC is the University for the Professions.

Its purpose is to provide education which offers high quality transformative experiences to everyone suitably qualified; to engage in research which makes an early and important difference to the world around us; and to contribute to the building of just, prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities.

Our Shared Plan has five interconnected streams of strategic intent that will drive our quest to shape UC into a globally prominent institution of learning, research and public engagement. This will empower our diverse people to drive our core missions of distinctive teaching and research in an enriched living-learning environment encompassing our Canberra campus and global locations.


The Faculty of Health comprises four Schools, and a growing number of disciplines including Nursing, Midwifery, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy, Public Health, Psychology, Counselling, Medical Radiation Science, Diagnostic Pathology, and Occupational Therapy, Optometry and Speech Pathology. It is also home to the Faculty of Health Student-led Clinics. Health is the host faculty for UC-RISE (the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise), the UC-Health Research Institute (UC-HRI, which comprises the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health and Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions), and the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre – SYNERGY, which is a partnership between University of Canberra and ACT Government Health Directorate. The Faculty of Health also plays a leading role in relation to the development of the University’s Health Precinct. The Precinct includes the Health Hub incorporating Student-led clinics, the University of Canberra Public Hospital, a new rehabilitation hospital, and a 150-bed aged care facility (both scheduled to open in 2018). Planning for an integrated cancer care centre run by the Icon group is underway, and other projects are under active consideration for the Precinct.

Our educational aspiration is to prepare our students to operate effectively within health, sport, and related systems and to contribute meaningfully to multi-disciplinary team efforts. The Faculty has a strong and collegiate focus on collaboration among the disciplines, including several cross-disciplinary courses. Students gain supervised professional experience as part of their academic program and on completion of their degrees our graduates are ready for immediate entry to their profession. We are proud of our work-ready and future ready graduates.

Staff are committed to making significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in their professions, and to contributing to basic, applied and clinical fields of research. The research of the Faculty of Health has grown rapidly in recent years, with fourfold increase in papers, higher degree graduates and research funding since 2008. In 2015, we achieved ERA rankings of 4 in public health and health services research, nursing and midwifery and human movement. Allied health and clinical research are the next areas of expertise we have marked for enhancement.

The University of Canberra enjoys collaborative and partnership relationships for research with government and policy sectors, public health, local and regional health services and industry partners.


ACT Health’s vision is ‘Your Health—Our Priority’. Our values are Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity. Our vision, and these values represent what we believe is important and worthwhile, and they underpin the way we work and how we treat others.

ACT Health aims to deliver the best service to meet the needs of our community. Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) oversees the majority of staff working within ACT Health, and CHHS provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the population of the ACT and surrounding region.

ACT Health partners with the community and consumers for better health outcomes by delivering patient and family centred care; strengthening partnerships; promoting good health and wellbeing; improving access to appropriate health care; and by having robust safety and quality systems established.

We support our people and strengthen teams by helping staff to reach their potential, promoting a learning culture and providing high-level leadership. Our aim is for sustainability and improved efficiency in the use of resources by designing sustainable services to deliver outcomes efficiently, and embedding a culture of research and innovation. In achieving this, our tertiary partners remain key stakeholders in the planning, development and delivery of our health care services. Strong partnership arrangements with our local and regional universities are well established, and serve to assure the future supply of a skilled health professional workforce.

ACT Health employs over 1,200 allied health professionals from 31 professions. Allied health professionals make up over 25% of the clinical workforce at ACT Health and come from both registered and self-regulating professions. This takes in a diverse range of allied health disciplines including the therapeutic, diagnostic and scientific professions. The 31 allied health professions currently working at ACT Health are:

Registered Allied Health Professionals

Dental prosthetists, dental therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, occupational therapists, oral health therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, radiation therapists and radiographers.

Self-Regulated Allied Health Professionals

Allied health assistants, art therapists, audiologists, biomedical engineers, cardiac technologists, counsellors, dietitians, environmental scientists, exercise physiologists, genetic counsellors, medical laboratory scientists, medical physicists, neurophysiology technologists, orthoptists, prosthetists and orthotists, respiratory scientists, sleep scientists, social workers, sonographers and speech pathologists.

ACT Health Chief Allied Health Office

The Chief Allied Health Office is led by the Chief Allied Health Officer. We provide professional and strategic leadership and high-level advice on a broad range of allied health issues including clinical governance and professional practice, regulation of practice, policy, workforce reform and innovation, continuous quality improvement and research and education.

The Chief Allied Health Office works closely with other state and territory jurisdictional Chief Allied Health Offices and colleagues on strategic issues affecting the health care workforce and allied health professions locally and across Australia. We have strong partnerships with a range of vocational and tertiary institutions, regulating authorities, professional associations, other government agencies and key stakeholders to support the work undertaken by the Office.

The Chief Allied Health Office is the profession lead for allied health at ACT Health. We are committed to the modernisation of the allied health workforce and play a lead role in key areas associated with this, including overseeing established programs in clinical education, new graduate support, research capacity development, clinical supervision and interprofessional collaboration. With changing demographics and expected future requirements of health services the Chief Allied Health Office is working in an exciting area that has the potential to have significant influence on long term patient care in the ACT, the local region and beyond.


This position is a full-time permanent professorial appointment (Level E) in Allied Health Research. This position will be co-funded by the ACT Government Health Directorate (ACT Health) and the University of Canberra. The successful applicant will have access to physical premises at both the University and in ACT Health. Following the initial 5- year term this the position will continue as either a co-funded position or as a dedicated University of Canberra position.

The applicant will make a strong contribution to research leadership in allied health research in the ACT. Individual areas of research interest may include clinical, health services, clinical education, practice development or quality and safety. The successful applicant will help develop allied health research collaboration among staff employed by ACT Health and the University of Canberra and will have an active interest in the translation of research evidence into practice. The development of national and international research partnerships that inform effective clinical practice in the Capital Region will be encouraged and supported.

The position will work closely with senior executives from ACT Health (including the Chief Allied Health Office) and the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra to develop research capacity and culture across allied health at both organisations. This position will support opportunities for all levels of allied health staff to develop research skills as well as enhancing higher degree research student pathways and research opportunities for allied health staff at both UC and ACT Health, supporting effective connections between research and clinical practice.


Key Responsibilities

Academic Leadership

  • Develop and lead a successful research program taking into account both the applicant’s expertise and strategic priorities of the University of Canberra and ACT Health;
  • Provide leadership for research-informed policy development and practice within the ACT and Capital Region;
  • Facilitate collaboration in research, teaching, policy and practice development between the Faculty of Health and ACT Health in agreed areas of interest;
  • Grow research culture and capacity across allied health at both UC and in ACT Health, contributing to the development and sustainability of an allied health research network in the ACT;
  • Maintain personal academic standing, through excellence in research and translation to clinical practice;


  • Provide guidance to research teams, liaising regularly with relevant line managers, Heads of Disciplines, Allied Health Profession Leads and the Chief Allied Health Office on research and development progress;
  • Champion interprofessional collaboration through research, including collaboration within allied health areas and with other health professions more broadly;
  • Develop and maintain quality improvement processes, particularly in relation to clinical, health services and clinical education research;
  • Foster excellence in staff performance and a positive research culture and relationship between the organisations;
  • Implement and abide by policies from both ACT Health and the University of Canberra, and maintain the values of ACT Health: Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

Eligibility / Other Requirements

  1. Tertiary qualification/s (or equivalent) in an Allied Health profession, including a Doctoral level qualification in a relevant Allied Health field.
  2. Eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) (where applicable); or eligibility for full membership of the relevant professional association if from a self-regulated profession.

It is expected that the appointee will be from an allied health professional discipline for which a course is delivered, or planned to be delivered in the near future, at the University of Canberra:

  • Counselling
  • Diagnostic Pathology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medical Imaging
  • Speech Pathology

Note: If practicing clinically in any capacity at any stage in ACT Health, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health professionals.


  1. Excellent research track record including publications, grants, and experience in postgraduate supervision.
  2. Demonstrated ability to foster the translation of research evidence into clinical practice.
  3. A clearly identified area of clinical expertise as demonstrated through practice, research and community engagement.
  4. Demonstrated ability to promote research culture and grow research capacity among allied health clinicians.
  5. Demonstrated capability to work interprofessionally and across sectors to achieve positive outcomes.
  6. Strategic leadership, planning and implementation capability evidenced by significant recognition and achievements.
  7. Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to implementation of equity and workplace health and safety principles.

To apply and for a copy of the Position Description, please go to:

For job specific information:  please contact Professor Dominic Upton, Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Health on or (02) 6206 8709.

Recruitment and application questions: please contact Sobana Nathan, Talent Acquisition Partner on 02 6201 5185 or email quoting ref No.492449