Central Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Health

Opportunities with the Central Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Health

Information for Applicants

Welcome from the Director, Central Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Health

I’m delighted we have piqued your interest. You are here because you are thinking of a rural health / academic career that will make a real difference.

Welcome to the idea of joining our team at James Cook University and Australia’s latest university Department of Rural Health – The JCU Central Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Health. We are an innovative group with a strong shared vision developing solutions for real world problems in rural and remote health, health workforce and services in for and with the communities in which we live and work.

The challenge is large and overcoming the maldistribution of the health workforce, addressing health equity and developing new models requires very different strategies. You must be up for innovation, preparedness to try new approaches and test the system.

If you are adventurous, collaborative, curious and passionate about rural and remote life and health and committed to health equity, consider these new roles and be a part of shaping the health workforce and policy of the future. Be part of making a difference.

About JCU

Welcome to the CQCRRH

JCU Central Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Health (CQCRRH) is based in Emerald. It is a federally funded University Department of Rural health, one of a national network of sixteen funded by the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program as a health workforce strategy.

The JCU CQRRH has a broad range of responsibilities within the remote and rural health sector including developing the evidence base and the health workforce for the future. The new Centre will enhance clinical placements, embedding students into practices, services, organisations and communities, as well as building vital engagement with Indigenous and rural communities. The Centre also has a focus on health service innovation and on research, building capacity in for and with the region. The JCU CQCRRH mission is excellence in remote, rural, and Indigenous health.

Stories about JCU

Creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics worldwide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference

Positions Available in CQCRRH

JCU is strongly committed to equity and diversity in the workplace and aspires to continue developing a workforce that reflects the diversity, capacities and capabilities of people from the regions in which we operate. We are committed to developing future leaders, building upon the wealth of wisdom and experience embodied by our current professional leaders, we will identify and nurture those who will take JCU into the future.  These new positions provide an exciting opportunity to influence the future generations of the health workforce and rural and remote health policy

Allied Health Service Learning Team

Are you an Allied Health professional with an adventurous spirit and a passion to make a difference to the health of those living in rural, regional, and remote Queensland?

  • Lead excellence in remote, rural, & indigenous health
  • Fixed-term contracts to 30 June 2025
  • Amazing chance to experience the amazing Central QLD Highlands
  • Academic Level B - $97,856 - $115,465 + 17% superannuation

We offer the following opportunities to be part of the inaugural Allied Health Service-Learning Team:

  • Clinical Lead in Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Lead in Social Work
  • Clinical Lead in Speech Pathology
  • Clinical Lead in Dietetics (7.25 hpw)
  • Clinical Lead in Psychology (7.25 hpw)

As an integral part of our dynamic and innovative team, you will facilitate service-learning programs in collaboration with local community-based organisations.  With a mission to lead excellence in remote, rural and Indigenous Health, you will provide clinical supervision to undergraduate students, engage with local stakeholders, and support inter-professional learning in a remote context. Based in the Central Highlands of Qld, you will be required to travel to communities and work in non-clinical environments such as day-cares, schools and aged care facilities and communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Service learning is an innovative approach to remote service provision and workforce development.  It delivers student-assisted, periodic, interprofessional services for adults and children in areas of high or unmet need as identified by service providers and community.


With an adventurous spirit, an innovative approach and a recognised registration in a relevant Allied Health field, you will have experience in service-learning community rehabilitation and can demonstrate a passion, experience, and capacity for student support and teaching.  Your ability to engage, influence and collaborate effectively across organizations, professions, and regions will see you improve access to Allied Health services and contribute to the centre’s primary goal to improve the health of rural and remote populations.

This is an incredible opportunity for someone who wants to move away from a traditional clinical role, work with Indigenous people, experience rural QLD and be fully supported to further their career through academic endeavours such as a postgrad, masters, or PhD.


Please click here and apply for vacancy:

  • 18089 - Psychology
  • 18091 - Exercise Physiology
  • 18092 - Social Work
  • 18093 - Speech Pathology
  • 18109 - Dietetics

If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact Professor Sabina Knight or Kathy Kuipers on 0436849698 or via email sabina.knight@jcu.edu.au or Kathy.kuipers@jcu.edu.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

Associate Professor, Indigenous Health

Provide scholarly leadership, teaching & research on Indigenous health and remote & rural health workforce

  • Lead excellence in remote, rural, & indigenous health
  • Encourage rural and remote Indigenous student participation
  • Amazing chance to experience the Central QLD Highlands
  • Full time, continuing position
  • Academic Level D - $142,460 - $156,540 + 17% superannuation

The Associate Professor, Indigenous Health works closely with the Director and the CQCRRH leadership team to ensure a successful health workforce pipeline, student placements; improve access, participation and success for Indigenous students in health-related careers and provide expertise in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge. A key role will be to vitalize rural and remote Indigenous student participation in health career programs, promote cultural competency and embed Indigenous perspectives into clinical placements, CPD and CQCRRH health workforce programs.


A passionate and dedicated health professional you will have relevant registration/accreditation and will have, or be working towards, a relevant doctoral qualification and scholarly outputs in relation to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and heritage, histories, and issues that impact on Australia’s Indigenous people.  You can also demonstrate a proven track record in research in an area related to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and perspectives, health and/or workforce.  Your experience in health and workforce innovation and policy influence, managing remote Indigenous student recruitment and support programmes; and remote clinical placement programmes will see you provide important strategic leadership across the JCU CQCRRH and contribute to our mission to improve the health of remote, rural, and indigenous populations.


Please apply by clicking here and applying for vacancy 18095

If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact Professor Sabina Knight or Kathy Kuipers on 0436849698 or via email sabina.knight@jcu.edu.au or Kathy.kuipers@jcu.edu.au

JCU is committed to building strong relationships, increasing respect and improving opportunities for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This position is currently open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants as part of our commitment. The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), s 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld


Aboriginal Allied Health Assistant

Provide cultural awareness education and mentorship to health & medical students on  placement in the Central QLD Highlands region

  • Based in Emerald working across local Communities
  • Full time, Fixed-term contract to 30 June 2025
  • Salary $63,063 - $66,991 + 17% superannuation

Reporting to the Senior Clinical Lead, and working closely with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will support the inter-professional service-learning program by providing cultural awareness education and mentorship to medical students on placement in the Central Highland region of Queensland

Service learning is an innovative approach to remote service provision and workforce development.  It delivers student-assisted, periodic, interprofessional services for adults and children in areas of high or unmet need as identified by service providers and community.


Ideally you will have a cert III in a health-related area and can demonstrate sound knowledge and skills in Aboriginal health, cultural education and mentorship.  With a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders across a culturally diverse and geographically dispersed team, you will contribute to the Centre’s primary goal to improve the health of rural and remote populations.


Please apply by clicking here and applying for vacancy 18094

If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact Professor Sabina Knight or Kathy Kuipers on 0436849698 or via email sabina.knight@jcu.edu.au or Kathy.kuipers@jcu.edu.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply



Benefits of Working at JCU

JCU is strongly committed to equity and diversity in the workplace and aspires to continue developing a workforce that reflects the diversity, capacities and capabilities of people from the regions in which we operate. Our graduates disproportionately make up the rural health workforce in Australia. We are committed to developing future leaders, building upon the wealth of wisdom and experience embodied by our current academic leaders, we will identify and nurture those who will take JCU into the future out here.

Remuneration Package

An appropriate and attractive salary will be offered including a range of flexible salary packaging options.

Benefits
  • Five weeks’ annual recreation leave
  • Annual Leave Loading
  • Cash out annual leave and time in lieu options
  • Generous sick, carer's and cultural leave
  • Generous long service leave pro-rata at 7 years
  • Up to 6 months paid maternity leave
  • Flexible working options
  • Ongoing professional and career development
  • Attractive options for salary packaging
  • Staff study assistance and paid study leave
  • Fitness Passport
  • Access to online media subscriptions
  • Corporate discount on health insurance
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (Coaching and Counselling)
  • On-campus caf├ęs, gym, pool and childcare
  • Relocation and immigration assistance can be negotiated
  • Balance of work and life so you can enjoy a lifestyle that supports a diverse range of leisure and sporting interests
Superannuation

Generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions.


We’re looking for our employees of the future who subscribe to our values and beliefs and recognise that knowledge has the power to change lives. We ignite and support a passion for learning in our community and welcome dedicated professionals who can help us make a difference.

JCU is strongly committed to equity and diversity in the workplace and aspires to continue developing a workforce that reflects the diversity, capacities and capabilities of people from the regions in which we operate.  We are committed to developing future leaders, building upon the wealth of wisdom and experience embodied by our current leaders, we will identify and nurture those who will take JCU into the future.

We are enriched by and celebrate our workplace diversity and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and abilities.

Our character and actions are underpinned by our values and beliefs:

Values
  • Excellence
  • Authenticity
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Mutual respect
  • Discovery
  • Creativity and Innovation
Beliefs
  • We recognise that knowledge has the power to change lives
  • We ignite and support a passion for learning in our community
  • We are enriched by and celebrate our communities’ diversity
  • We understand that a sustainable environment is central to our lives and our work
  • We strive to anticipate and respond to our community’s needs delivering education and research in more flexible ways
  • We uphold our commitments

JCU has an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy.

Candidates are supported knowing JCU’s Vice Chancellor and senior management team are fully committed to the goals and strategies laid out in the Workforce Strategy to increase, retain and develop our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Increasing numbers of staff at JCU are undertaking cultural awareness training, so members of the selection panel should have an understanding of significant cultural differences.

For more current information on Indigenous-themed activities across the University click here


SAGE (Science and Gender Equity)

SAGE is a national program promoting gender equity and diversity in science, technology engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). It is based on the principles of the UK's Athena SWAN Charter, an evaluation and accreditation framework that addresses the improvement of gender equity policies and practices in STEMM.

JCU is one of 45 organisations participating in the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises institutional capacity to eliminate gender inequity and a demonstrated commitment to bolster the hiring, promotion and retention of women, while also improving the workplace environment for people of all genders.

JCU encourages diversity

JCU has an extensive program in place to encourage diversity, examples of which include:

  • Diversity messages in our recruitment advertising, such as, “We are enriched by and celebrate our workplace diversity and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and abilities”.
  • Extensive event calendar where JCU students and staff come together to acknowledge, celebrate and raise awareness of the diverse groups that make up our community, including Harmony Day, International Women’s Day, NAIDOC Week, Disability Action Week, IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia), Transphobia and Biphobia.
  • Diversity training for all staff.

JCU has a comprehensive calendar of events that celebrate diversity. Joining the organisation in these activities, or participating as an invitee, is an effective way to participate in diversity focused activities. There are also many student organised events and staff are almost always welcome at these.

Access to disability services during recruitment and selection

If you are interested in applying for a position at JCU and require assistance with making your application, please discuss your needs with the Chairperson for the position.

When offered an interview, please discuss with the person who contacts you any access assistance you may require, so this can be accommodated.

Benefits available to JCU employees

Refer to Working at JCU.

Should you have any additional questions not featured in our FAQs please contact the Chairperson in the first instance.


We wish you the very best of luck with your application and thank you for considering employment opportunities with JCU – A brighter future for life in the tropics.


.The University is committed to enhancing staff and student access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. We acknowledge our responsibility to support mental health and wellness as part of our core business.

The JCU Mental Health and Wellness Strategy (2022-2026) has been designed in collaboration with students, staff and stakeholders. It presents an integrated model which:

  • Recognises diversity, voice, and reconciliation
  • Develops student and staff agency
  • Supports actions and commitments that are culturally informed, sustainable, and connected to community.

The Strategy is based on three intersecting initiatives:

PROMOTE:

Provide education and policy, early recognition and action, promote self-care, and support help-seeking behaviours and capacity building for positive mental health.

PROTECT:

Foster a supportive and inclusive culture and environment addressing bullying and risks of suicide/harm while increasing protective factors to combat stigma and support positive mental health.

RESPOND:

Provide access to health and wellness support and resources that are flexible and intentional, and offer timely and respectful crisis responses.

A diagram showing how the pillars of promote, protect and repsond are linked

Mental health is about wellness, rather than illness. Having social connections, good personal relationships and being part of a community are vital to maintaining good mental health and wellness.


Your mental health and wellness

Good mental health is when:

- You can work and study to your full potential
- You actively connect and participate with family, friends and your community
- You undertake enjoyable activities
- You are coping with everyday stressors, and
- You are able to bounce back reasonably quickly from unexpected challenges and changes.

We understand that university life is both exciting and stressful, so JCU has a range of people and services to support you.

For further information, click here to visit our dedicated Mental Health and Wellness website:


Discover CQCRRH

Staff Testimonials

Kali-Jean Duncombe, Student Co-ordinator

JCU CQ CRRH is a rewarding workplace staffed by considerate people with common goals in mind. Work life balance and health of staff is paramount. CQ CRRH has a great team, committed to excellence, open to new ideas, creative, innovative and always keen to go that extra bit to get things done. The overall support of colleagues in achieving desired goals and outcomes is very reassuring!

Pim Kuipers, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

I came to Emerald and CQ CRRH for the job. What I've found is a very welcoming and friendly community with enthusiastic leaders. The role is diverse and fascinating, providing great opportunities to work on strategic rural and remote health issues and influence the workforce of the future.

About Emerald

The economic heart of Central Highlands, Emerald is a thriving rural health, education services and business hub for the region with a range of schools, a large number of farm machinery sales and service outlets, a huge irrigation dam and an airport. Established on Kangaulu country in 1879 as the base for the railway line, it has slowly grown to be the major regional centre of the Central Highlands and the gateway to the Central Western district. Beef, agriculture, mining, health, tourism and horticulture are the predominant industries of the region. The town has a young population with a number of thriving schools. The Capricorn hinterland contains the largest sapphire gemfields in the world and is located near the renown Carnarvon Gorge. Emerald grew very rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s as a service town for major new mines in the region

Emerald is located 270 km west of Rockhampton and 878 km northwest of Brisbane and 620 km south west from Townsville

For more information on Emerald and the Central Highlands please visit:

Central Highlands Regional Council Website

Central Queensland Highlands Explore More Website

For more information

Email: kathy.kuipers@jcu.edu.au