Director, UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Jun 04, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health was established in 2015 through a generous philanthropic donation from Mr Greg Poche AO and Mrs Kay van Norton Poche. The UQ Centre is one of five centres within the national Poche Indigenous Health Network and seeks to provide national leadership in urban Indigenous health research and workforce development.

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health aims to (1) develop a skilled and available workforce, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to respond to the challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and (2) improve urban indigenous health outcomes across the life course. It addresses the former by supporting Indigenous people in making informed choices and creating pathways into a career in health and by contributing to the education and training of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and practitioners working in Indigenous health. It addresses the latter by undertaking translational research that responds to needs identified by Indigenous communities and by encouraging Indigenous undergraduate students into postgraduate research programs and supporting the career development of indigenous researchers.

A key partner in the activities of the UQ Poche Centre is the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health ( with whom UQ has a formal agreement.


The role

An opportunity now exists for an outstanding Indigenous scholar to become Director of the Centre. The primary role of the Director is provide academic and strategic leadership, oversee the research and workforce development activities of the Centre and lead UQ's engagement with the Centre's internal and external stakeholders as well as the broader Australian community. The Director will be expected to provide strong Indigenous leadership in the health sector.

The position will be based at UQ's main campus at St Lucia; however the successful appointee will also be expected to work closely with staff, affiliates, partners and stakeholders based elsewhere.


The person

Applicants should possess a degree, and ideally a PhD, in a relevant discipline and be recognised as an authority and academic thought leader in the field of Indigenous health. You should have an established track record of working effectively with multiple stakeholders, including Indigenous communities, health authorities, and/or educational providers, to develop and deliver projects providing health benefits to Indigenous Australians. Highly developed interpersonal, communication, and team building and management skills are required to perform this role effectively.



A full time, five year fixed-term appointment as Director (Academic level D or E) will be offered to the successful applicant in the first instance with a possible continuation by negotiation for a further term. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.




Initial enquiries, in confidence, should be made to Professor Bruce Abernethy, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, UQ telephone +61 7 3365 7969 or e-mail

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