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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officer - Flexible location

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) works in partnership with 15 National Boards to implement the national regulatory scheme for health professionals. The purpose of health practitioner regulation is to protect the public by ensuring that only health practitioners who have the skills, qualifications and knowledge to provide safe care are registered.

Reporting to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program Manager (Identified), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officer supports the implementation of National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025.

The successful candidate will work with an extensive range of key internal and external stakeholders to drive the delivery of this important work, which is a priority for Ahpra. Success in this role derives from the ability to influence to gain commitment in the achievement of culturally safe practices and processes within Ahpra and the National Scheme stakeholders.

This is a Full Time, Fixed Term (24 Month) Contract and can be based from our Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne or Hobart offices.

Note: Ahpra considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position. This position is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants in accordance with relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislations.

In this role you will:

  • Provide specialist advice that guides the Culturally Safe Notifications Working Group and other stakeholders:
    • On culturally safe notifications case management within Ahpra and the Boards, and
    • The development of culturally safe notification policies, processes, practices and resources.
  • Develop and provide consistent, specialist and high-quality leadership and support on cultural safety matters to the Culturally Safe Notifications Working Group, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group, Ahpra National Reconciliation Action Plan Group and other key stakeholders as required.
  • Assist in managing the implementation of the deliverables of the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy, including providing clear and positive leadership for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Unit, stakeholders and contributors.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and engaging trusted working relationships with key stakeholders, particularly the co-chairs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group.
  • Develop policy briefs, consultation papers, memoranda and agenda papers that help stakeholders understand the program and support a cross-profession approach.

As the ideal candidate, you will demonstrate the following:

  • Degree level qualification in health or public policy or similar and/or equivalent experience.
  • Qualifications and/or experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector would be highly regarded.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, influencing and relationship-building skills, including an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with stakeholders, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus in complex and multi-stakeholder environments, including the ability to escalate issues appropriately, collaborate on solutions and provide insightful recommendations and advice.
  • Possesses a thorough understanding, demonstration of, and strong respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and cultural safety.
  • Well-developed strategic thinking and ability to identify opportunities, plan, execute and review in a way which delivers on strategic outcomes and increases impact.

Role Description Download FileRD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officer (final).pdf

What we offer:

  • Application and recruitment support from an Indigenous Business Partner
  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee network
  • Culturally safe buddy program when starting at Ahpra
  • Great work/life balance
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • A friendly and supportive working culture
  • Discounts on Medibank Private Health Insurance and selected gym memberships
  • Central location and sophisticated open plan workspaces in a 5-star rated building
  • Attractive salary of $104,576 per annum plus 10% Superannuation

To apply:

  • Click ‘Apply for this job’ to submit your application.
  • Your application must include a current resume and cover letter addressing the 'Qualifications & Experience" section of the Role Description (2 pages maximum)
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.
  • Applications must be submitted by 11.30pm on Sunday 3 October 2021.

For any queries or a confidential discussion regarding this position please contact Jayde Fuller, Program Manager on (07) 3149 6948 or by emailing recruitment@ahpra.gov.au, using the subject line: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Offer of employment is subject to successful background (pre-employment screening) and criminal history checks.

Ahpra acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Elders past, present and emerging.

Ahpra is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of all abilities to apply, particularly people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and those who may experience diversity or disability related barriers in securing employment. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

With respect, no agencies please.

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