Director, Rural Clinical School Rockhampton


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Other, QLD 

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The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School

The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) envisages securing a selfsustaining medical workforce for regional Queensland through excellence in medical education, research and community engagement. The UQRCS is the rural base for the delivery of the UQ medical program and for over 20 years, has been training UQ MD Program students in rural and regional Queensland. Each year, more than 500 medical students engage with the rural experience through a range of long term (1-2 years) placements or shorter term (4-16 weeks) learning opportunities. The UQRCS has a footprint encompassing the greater part of central and south western regional Queensland, and is comprised of four main clinical training sites at Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton and Toowoomba. More recently a significant investment in people and training infrastructure has allowed the expansion into a number of smaller clinical training locations in host communities across the state based at Emerald, Goondiwindi, Kingaroy, Roma and Theodore. With a recurrent budget of over $10 million per annum provided through the Australian Government’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program and a capital works portfolio in excess of $20 million, the UQRCS is a substantial enterprise.

In partnership with the health system, the health care profession (including the Colleges) and education providers, UQRCS engages with every stage of the rural health learning continuum. The journey starts with learners of rural origin health care, progresses through undergraduate and pre-vocational training and culminates with contributions to vocational training and continuing professional development.

The UQRCS has a long tradition of success working collaboratively with local healthcare systems and service providers to train senior medical students (Year 3 and 4). In early 2019, Central Queensland University (CQU), Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS), UQ and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) partnered to develop a full Year 1 to 4 MD Program delivered entirely in the Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions by 2022. The UQRCS Rockhampton site is co-located with the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Rockhampton Hospital. The Director of the Rockhampton site would have the opportunity to work closely with CQHHS to explore opportunities for employment across the two organisations.

The learner experience is characterised by real world, rich and authentic learning opportunities and extensive community involvement. In this regard, our work is informed by the Academic Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine which is embedded in our education structure. UQRCS pursues the latest innovations in medical education and training. There is a focus on scenario-based training in purpose-built Simulated Learning Environments together with Technology Enabled Learning. Our learning framework supports a more generalist, integrated approach to deliver well-trained, safe and work-ready interns to local training hospitals.

A rapidly expanding research profile focusses on clinical research, epidemiology/population health and rural health workforce. There is a significant component of Indigenous health research, particularly programs designed to translate and improve health outcomes amongst the Indigenous population. Research productivity is evidenced through a successful track record in attracting competitive funding from agencies such as the NHMRC and, in 2015, at least 51 peer-reviewed manuscripts published in journals varying from ‘Rural and Remote Health’ to ‘Nature Genetics’.

About This Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the next iteration of Rural Clinical Schools across Australia. As the Director, you will provide effective strategic and operational leadership, engagement, teaching, learning and research activities at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School's (UQRCS) Rockhampton site. It is the most exciting opportunity in medical education in Australia since the start of Rural Clinical Schools and Rural Clinical School development, with opportunity to collaborate and engage with the Central QLD Hospital and Health Service, Central QLD University and the broader Rockhampton community.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful appointee must have a medical qualification including fellowship of a specialist college (or equivalent) and eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner in the State of Queensland (a higher degree in medicine, health or education is desirable). You will be highly engaging and strategic director with a focus on achieving results within a complex organisational environment.

Key skills and experience should include:

  • Experience and record of achievement in a clinical educational role at a senior level.
  • Established record of innovative teaching delivery, coordination and curriculum planning.
  • Proven ability to manage, lead, mentor and nurture staff with diverse skills and abilities.
  • Understanding and proficiency in the provision of medical education programs at the undergraduate and/ or postgraduate levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to building medical research capability within a region.
  • Experience in liaising and collaborating with a broad range of agencies including community, professional, industry and government to form partnerships and create initiatives.

It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a part-time, fixed term position for three years at Academic Level D. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $141,261 - $155,627 plus super of up to 17% and recreation leave loading of 17.5%.

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To discuss this role please contact Sarah Strasser on email: [email protected]

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The University of Queensland Sir Fred Schonell Dr
st lucia, QLD, Australia

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