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Community Partnerships Fellow

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Senior Lecturer, Lecturer


Community Partnerships Fellow

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  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) is a UNSW research centre operating from four locations: on campus at Randwick, and at Liverpool, Darlinghurst and Camperdown. CPHCE’s Mission is to contribute to better, fairer health and health care in the community by conducting research, evaluation and development that strengthens primary health care and addresses health inequities.

The Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) sits within the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and is part of the Clinical Services Integration Directorate in the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD). The SLHD’s vision is excellence in health and health care for all.

It’s mission is to work with communities to promote:

  • Co-designed and co-produced health policy, plans, new service models and research studies
  • Improvements in the social and environmental factors that sustain health
  • A healthcare system that is responsive to equity concerns
  • Best practice prevention, health promotion and health protection programs and strategies
  • Care I the community delivered close to where people live.

In collaboration with the Director (HERDU), the Community Partnerships Fellow will work with disadvantaged population groups, local health districts and other stakeholders to strengthen key partnerships and conduct research and evaluate strategies which improve access, equity and health outcomes in their communities. The position will lead the evaluation of academic community partnerships in two regions in Sydney – Canterbury and Waterloo.  Within Canterbury the goal is to improve access to comprehensive primary health care for culturally and linguistically diverse populations and in Waterloo the focus is on understanding how the built environment and increasing density impacts on health, especially for disadvantaged populations such as residents of social housing. The role includes sustaining partnerships and doing evaluation and research within that context.  Therefore the successful applicant would need to have a commitment to working in partnership with diverse and disadvantaged communities and a strong track record in Community Participatory Action Research. 

The successful applicant may have a background in public health, social science, community development or the built environment.  Determination to make a difference, project management skills and flexibility are essential.

The role of Community Partnerships Fellow reports to the Director of HERDU and has 2 direct reports.

About the role

  • $125 -$144k p.a. plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 24 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Direct a strategic program of research in at least one of the areas of; health equity, partnership and inter-sectoral action for health, community engagement and community development.
  • Develop and lead research and evaluation on the impact of urban development on local communities and populations in collaboration with the Director of Clinical Services Integration and Population Health and the Director of HERDU.
  • Manage research programs and projects, including financial management, as required.
  • Develop research and scientific papers and proposals to lead a strategic program of research and actively publish from this research as well as the preparation of grant applications, proposals and tenders for commissioned research.
  • Develop and lead training programs on access and equity, social determinants of health and working with local communities and disadvantaged populations, and strategic programs of research to be undertaken as funding becomes available.
  • Provide mentoring and supervision of staff and students
  • Provide academic and program support to the ‘Can Get Health in Canterbury’ project.
  • Develop and evaluate Health Impact Assessments (HIA) or Equity Focused Health Impact Assessments (EFHIA) In collaboration with the Director of HERDU and in consultation with the Director Clinical Services Integration and Population Health, SLHD
  • Develop and maintain key external partnerships for SLHD, e.g. with Primary Health Networks, Human Services Agencies, Local Government and migrant and indigenous organisations.
  • Work with other sectors, including local government and community groups, to translate effective interventions to improve access and equity for disadvantaged communities and address the social determinants of health.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility 

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD or Masters in public health or related area and significant industry experience.
  • Strong understanding of community development and community engagement principles in migrant and marginalised communities.
  • Experience in the leadership and operational management of health services research programs in at least one of the following areas: urban development, health equity, partnership and inter-sectoral action for health, community engagement and community development.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualise and implement research and evaluation in areas relevant to health services research, and to develop these into research protocols.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, build and sustain partnerships including working with government and non-government sectors.
  • Proven track record of research output, as evidenced by peer review publications.
  • Evidence of an increasing trajectory of research excellence and productivity and of potential to lead research projects independently.
  • High level organisational and time management skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.


You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online. As this is a re-advertised position, previous applicants need not apply.



Jane Lloyd

Associate Professor


P: 02 9385 1547


Applications close:   11:00pm 20th November 2018

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