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Policy Lead - New Zealand

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

About the College

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) is a member-based organisation whose principal role is the training, assessment and professional development of emergency doctors for Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are a specialist medical College of over 130 employees with a strong purpose, positive environment and a CEO and Executive leadership team who lead our commitment to supporting our membership, staff and values of Equity, Respect, Integrity, and Collaboration.

The Position

ACEM is looking for a passionate public policy team member who is keen to build their leadership credentials. This role provides opportunities to build relationships across a range of health sectors and with government with a focus on building ACEM’s policy credentials in Aotearoa New Zealand.

As a senior member of the Policy team, your work in advocacy and policy development will make a real difference to health system reform, with a core purpose of addressing systematic challenges within Emergency Medicine and influencing healthcare outcomes for vulnerable and diverse populations within Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Working closely with passionate Doctors and the Policy team, your contribution will ensure that our Fellows and Trainees have the resources to practice safe and high-quality care whilst improving patient outcomes. Key strategic priorities for the team include addressing bottlenecks that prevent patients from being admitted to hospital (access block), mental health presentations at EDs, workforce distribution and building and maintaining safe working environments within the ED. Other key focuses of the role include implementing and coordinating advocacy campaigns or policy relating to public health and disaster medicine, and Indigenous health.

This a full-time, permanent position based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. We are also accepting part-time applications at 0.8FTE for the right candidate.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in public health, public policy, or other related health disciplines
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills to identify problems and solutions in a range of policy and advocacy environments
  • Knowledge of policy, legislative or political processes as they relate to the health sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Well-developed engagement and consultation skills including the ability to identify and liaise with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders

What's on Offer

ACEM offers excellent staff benefits including:

  • Additional paid leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Flexible work arrangements and rostered days off
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Active corporate social responsibility including Casual Friday Charity
  • Ongoing employee development and training


To apply for this position, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button and follow the instructions. A position description is available below. We note that you must have the right to work in Australia to apply for this role.

For further information, please contact Human Resources via email recruitment@acem.org.au using the subject line: Policy Lead, NZ enquiry via EthicalJobs, or via phone +61 9320 0484.

ACEM is an Equal Opportunity Employer who promotes, embraces and values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Māori are encouraged to apply.

A position description is attached.

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