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Health Vacancy N.N. 10757150
Department of Health Closing date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Job Title: Principal Medical Advisor and Professor of Primary Care Reform
Division: Primary Care
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Woden - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Agency Website:

Job Description


An exciting new role has been created for a senior Advisor and Medical researcher in Primary Care – the Principal Medical Advisor and Professor of Primary Care Reform - in a joint position across the Commonwealth Department of Health (the Department) and the Australian National University’s Medical School (ANUMS).

The Department is responsible for ensuring better health and wellbeing for all Australians through access to a world-class health and ageing system.

ANUMS develops and coordinates research that shapes the development and evaluation of national policy in general practice and primary health care.

To be a strong contender for this important and challenging role you will need to be forward thinking, self-motivated, resilient and adept at building relationships in large, complex and fast paced environments. You will be able to contribute to and communicate the strategic direction of the department and ANUMS. Your strong leadership credentials and ability to engender trust and respect will be complemented by sound judgement, a strong focus on results, and the ability to solve complex issues and build organisational capability.

The successful applicant will be a general practitioner with a strong background in primary care and/or health services research, excellent management and policy experience and a credible national and international clinical profile.


To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made.

An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a variety of pre-employment check processes, such as:

o Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check, and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.
o Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where required).
o Providing evidence of qualifications (where required).
o Obtaining and maintaining a security clearance at the required level (where required).

For this role applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

Mandatory Qualification
To be eligible for this position applicants must hold an MBBS.

Desirable Qualification/Experience
A PhD in Research and/or experience in a senior primary care role is highly desirable.


Applications close 11:30PM AEST.

Applicants should quote reference number 19-PCDIV-4356 to assist when making an enquiry.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Non-ongoing positions will be offered on a specified term basis for a period of 5 years.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

To Apply

Position Contact: Prof Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, (02) 6289 8408
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS33-Tue - 13 Aug 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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