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Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10760260
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Monday, 14 October 2019
Job Title: Principal Medical Adviser (Professional Specialist)
Division: People Division
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Forrest - ACT
Classification: Medical Officer Class 5
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


An opportunity exists for an experienced Medical Officer to fill the position of Principal Medical Adviser in Canberra. As a Medical Officer 5 leading and managing the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Medical Unit and doctors, you will be responsible for driving and delivering medical, policy and corporate outcomes across the department. You will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the medical services the department provides to staff in Australia and staff and dependants posted overseas. You will also foster partnerships with key stakeholders inside the department and across a range of other government and non-government organisations. As a member of the senior leadership team, you will develop and build high performing teams committed to DFAT’s objectives.

This role is responsible for coordinating and making arrangements to ensure that the department’s staff and dependants are able to access appropriate medical care in a wide range of situations. This requires an ability to negotiate successfully across different organisations in different cultural settings.

The position requires medical expertise as well as an ability to operate successfully within a government context. To be a strong contender for this role, you will thrive in a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment and be able to respond flexibly to changing global medical challenges. You will have a demonstrated record in the provision of high-level strategic advice, strong leadership and management skills, experience in developing and sustaining effective stakeholder relationships, sound judgement and a strong focus on results. You will be a team player with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Your strategic thinking, resilience and ability to lead high performing teams will set you apart from others.

You will have:
• demonstrated experience as a medical practitioner in the delivery of primary health care services, including paediatrics, as well as knowledge of, or experience in, occupational medicine, tropical medicine and aero medical evacuations;
• proven capability to provide strategic leadership and direction for a team in developing and implementing health plans and objectives;
• outstanding oral and written communication skills and evidence of being able to formulate, articulate and promote strategy, policy and supporting plans to diverse audiences;
• demonstrated ability to liaise and negotiate with stakeholders including government departments in Australia and overseas and with other relevant organisations; and
• well-developed interpersonal skills including sensitivity, tolerance and tact.



Registration as a medical practitioner under the law of a state or territory of Australia, including recent general practice experience, is mandatory.

• Current unrestricted AHPRA registration as a Medical Practitioner is essential.
• Recent General Practice experience.
• Fellowship of RACGP or ACCRM or AFOEM.

Certified copies of tertiary qualifications and other appropriate documentation must be presented on request.

Experience in tropical and travel medicine, aeromedical evacuation, paediatrics and obstetrics, are all considered advantageous.

Candidates must be Australian citizens.

This is a security-designated position. Prior to engagement, selected candidates will be required to obtain an Australian national security clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2. Ongoing employment with the department requires the successful candidates to maintain a security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.



Candidates’ attention is drawn to the department’s policy on recruitment or promotion to specialist positions. This position is categorised as ‘professional specialist’. This means you bring highly specialised skills needed to fulfil a specific service delivery function. You will be required to remain in this position for the duration of your employment with the department, unless you are found successful in a general recruitment process.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term


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:

About Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helps make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting Australia’s interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

We work to: advance Australia’s security; open up new markets and increase trade and investment; shape the regional and international environment in ways that advance Australia’s interests; deliver an effective and high quality aid program; and provide passport and consular services to Australians.

We are the lead agency managing Australia's international presence through a global network of around 100 overseas posts.

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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 PS39 Wed - 25 Sep 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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