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Chair and Head of Public Health

30 March 2023
Newcastle, Australia


The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision are our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability.

About the Unit

The unit of Public Health and Health Systems (PHHS) is a new unit within the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).  Students at the School of Medicine and Public Health learn from the world’s brightest minds, make global connections and gain the experience needed to follow in the footsteps of our thousands of successful graduates.  Our researchers, students and allied clinicians work across health and medical disciplines to prevent, cure and treat a diverse range of serious illnesses by translating research findings made in the laboratory into real health treatments and preventative strategies. The School also works closely with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) which has pioneered the integration of multi-campus university and hospital-based research.

Be challenged and imagine with us

The Chair & Head of Public Health will provide academic leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching, professional activities and policy development in Public Health & Health Systems.  Based at John Hunter Hospital Campus, you will report to the Head of School (SMPH) and have a critical role is developing the profile of Public Health, building a cohesive unit with a shared vision for the future that articulates the strategic priorities of the SMPH, the College, University and it affiliated research centres.  You will provide leadership in undergraduate and post graduate education within the unit including oversight of courses on offer whilst providing research leadership through collaboration, supervision and mentorship of academic staff and students.  As Chair, you will collaborate and build partnerships internally with other academic units and partner externally with LHD’s, national public health networks and professional organisations to support shared research and education priorities whilst ensuring relevance to rural communities and populations.

How will you inspire us?

You will have completed a doctoral qualification or equivalent accreditation and standing in a health-related area and a demonstrated significant record of quality and impactful publication or non-traditional research output in high-quality outlets including evidence of international and national research collaborations and/or partnership and, making significant contributions to knowledge and the beneficial application of knowledge, and intellectual leadership beyond the specific area of research or creative activity, where relevant, through its impact on policy, practice and/or commercialisation, with a strong history of funding success.

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. 

What we offer

A highly attractive remuneration package is on offer, commensurate with skills and experience.

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please visit here.

Your next steps

An executive search is being undertaken by CCentric Group on behalf of the University of Newcastle.  For a confidential conversation and to receive a comprehensive Candidate Information Pack please contact:

Pam Lubrainschik at or +61 (0) 452 295 088, or

Kim Gillespie at or +61 (0) 406 551 917

Due to the nature of this role, the University may require the preferred candidate to undertake further pre-employment checks.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply for this opportunity
  • A statement addressing the Essential Criteria listed in the position description
  • Your resume

Due to the nature of this role, the University may require the preferred candidate to undertake further pre-employment checks.

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you

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