Associate Dean, Preclinical

Perth, Australia
03 May 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time


The University of Notre Dame Australia is a Catholic university with campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney.

The Objects of the University are:

  • the provision of university education, within a context of Catholic faith and values; and
  • the provision of an excellent standard of;
    • teaching, scholarship and research;
    • training for the professions; and
    • pastoral care for its students.

(Section 5, The University of Notre Dame Australia Act (1989))


The Catholic Faith

The Catholic faith unites twenty centuries, all nations and at present around 1.2 billion people. The Catholic Church’s key work is ‘sanctification’: making the world holy; bringing people to God through Jesus Christ.

Many who are not Catholic but belong to a different Christian church have important and valuable relationships with the Catholic Church. The Church also has significant relations with the other major world faiths.

The Church seeks sanctification in many ways, including by a number of activities and works; most obviously in this country through engagement in healthcare, education and social services (the Church is the largest healthcare provider on earth, and operates one of the largest education systems globally). In addition, the Church’s moral teaching—the understanding of the moral life the Church proposes and commends to the faithful—animates countless projects and activities throughout the world, as well as the lives of hundreds of millions of people, including many millions of Australians.

Many people who do not share Catholic faith have enjoyed happy working relationships within Church institutions and agencies. Of course, for this to be possible there has to be some understanding of the Church’s position, particularly as it reflects our own work and life, and a genuine respect for this position. In other words, people who completely reject the Church’s stance, or find it offensive, uncomfortable, impossible to support in the workplace, embarrassing to identify with as a staff member etc. are unlikely to be suited to working in Church institutions. This is the same basic position as any university or any other institution adopts and follows through its Mission Statements and other statements of value and purpose.

The Church’s requirement of all who work within Catholic institutions is genuine respect; and from staff members who are themselves Catholic the Church asks a little more: an active support for the work of the Church in their institution.

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

At Catholic universities the most prominent aspect of the Church is Catholic intellectual tradition. It is important for all staff members of a Catholic university to know something about this - and for all academic staff members to be familiar with the main ideas and open to learning more - as it is these ideas which are the context for the institution’s view of academic life.

Catholic intellectual tradition begins with the thought that faith is fully compatible with reason (i.e. there is no conflict between our religion and any true science or other academic knowledge). The tradition acknowledges that:

  • men and women of all traditions can come to know that God exists by using their minds, their reason—though to know much more about Him will also require faith;
  • people can distinguish between reality and illusion, and so can know the objective truth about the world;
  • ethics, or morality, is not simply a matter of what you like or what your culture approves but is based on some objective moral truths about human persons and their flourishing—truths that hold across cultures;
  • the foundations of morality (e.g. we should never attack human life; truth is good and should be pursued; marriage and family are great social goods; people have a natural right to anything strictly necessary for their welfare; and so on) are known by reason, our own thinking minds—we do not need faith to know the basis of morality;
  • society exists to serve the common good and has a particular duty towards the needs of the most vulnerable—from conception to old age;
  • is a crucial activity for religious believers; we pray together frequently for the happiness and salvation of all peoples, including our own happiness and salvation; and
  • it is our Christian duty to provide the works of the Church humbly to all who can benefit from them.

Catholic intellectual tradition contains many ideas, inspires hundreds of universities, colleges, seminaries and thousands of schools. Catholic intellectual tradition also underpins whole systems of Christian social action and informs the personal and working lives of millions of individuals. The tradition is captured in many publications, including teaching documents of the Church—official statements and explanations of Catholic positions. The University can always give advice on how to access these documents. One obvious starting place to learn about the Catholic faith is the Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a short version of the longer Catechism document, which is widely available. To learn more specifically about the Catholic intellectual tradition one good introductory source is Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine (Our Sunday Visitor: 1998).


The Code of Ethical Standards is addressed to all health care practitioners working in Catholic health and aged care organisations.

The Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia sets out the principles of health care in the Catholic Tradition.

It seeks to provide practical guidance and a deeper understanding of the theological and ethical context in which compassionate health, aged and community care is provided.

For further information on the Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia, please visit:

School of Medicine

Fremantle campus

Duty Statement

The responsibilities in this Duty Statement are in addition to the requirements set out in the Notre Dame Academic Staff Conditions of Employment, and may be amended from time to time by the Vice Chancellor or the University.

The Associate Dean is responsible to the Dean of the School.  The Associate Dean assists the Dean in the planning and organisation of the School, including effective strategic management.  The Associate Dean participates as a member of the School leadership team in shared decision making ensuring that School goals are consonant with the University’s Objects and strategic direction as a Catholic university. 

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  1. assisting the Dean in the supervision and coordination of various School activities and advising the Dean as appropriate on academic and managerial matters relating to the School;
  2. collaborating with the Dean to oversee the academic program and ensure quality academic and student support services;
  3. exercising leadership in curriculum development and considering pedagogical matters in the medical course; and
  4. exercising leadership in assessment: delivery, evaluation, review and development.
  5. managing the delivery, review and ongoing development of the preclinical years’ curriculum and assessment and reporting directly to the Dean on these matters;
  6. managing the Chair of the Population and Preventative Health Domain and the preclinical team, including providing feedback on the performance of preclinical years staff to the Dean;
  7. being an active member of the School Executive Committee, Academic Governance Committee andother committees as required;
  8. undertaking teaching in area of experience;
  9. assisting with the preparation of materials for all accreditations including the Australian Medical Council Accreditation;
  10. supporting School participation in student recruitment, orientation and enrolment including representing the School at University Open Days and community events;
  11. exercising a special responsibility in providing leadership in fostering excellence in research and scholarship relevant to the discipline and within the University and wider community; and
  12. other duties as directed by the Dean.



  1. Understanding of and commitment to teaching in the context of the Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia.
  2. Strongly committed to and supportive of the Objects of the University.
  3. A medical degree registrable with the Medical Board of Australia, plus at least one of the following:
    1. a College Fellowship (e.g., FRACP, FRACGP etc.) or;
    2. aPhD in a field aligned with the research and teaching activities of the School.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Experience working as a clinical academic in the tertiary education sector with demonstrated experience in curriculum development for medical education, review and implementation.
  2. Comprehensive experience in a senior leadership role in a tertiary education or hospital setting with well developed leadership and management skills.
  3. Proven ability to work collaboratively and positively in a leadership team.
  4. Highly-developed interpersonal and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to liaise with people at all levels including teaching and counselling medical students and staff.
  5. Proven organisational and time management skills, with a high level of problem solving and attention to detail.


  1. Relevant record of active scholarship and research.
  2. Evidence of service to the profession and community.
  3. Currently registered as a medical practitioner with AHPRA and practicing clinically.

General information


UNDA 2018Academic Staff Salary Scales (Full Time Equivalent):

Academic Classification Level E Step 1 $178,289 per annum

Plus 12% superannuation, 17.5% annual leave loading and leadership allowance if applicable.


This appointment is a part-time (0.5FTE/18.75 hours per week) 3 year Maximum term contract which includes a12 month probationary period.


July 2018 or as negotiated with successful applicant.


School of Medicine

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle WA 6160


Note: This is not to be used for submission of applications

For information about the duties and nature of the position, or progress of the selection process, enquiries should be directed toGervase Chaney, Dean of Medicine:

Phone: (08) 9433 0288, Email:

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:   No later than 9.00am Monday 21 May 2018

The University is not required to accept applications that are received after the closing date and time, and reserves the right to appoint by invitation, or to make no appointment at all.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by telephone to arrange an interview.  

All applications will be acknowledged by email.  Should you not receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of your application, please contact the Staffing Office otherwise your application may not be considered.


Please ensure all application attachments are in PDF or Word format.

Applications should be emailed or faxed:


Fax: 08 9433 0544

Postal applications should be addressed to:

Staffing Office

The University of Notre Dame Australia

PO Box 1225

Fremantle WA 6959