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Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Notification Officer

Job no: 495659
Work type: Ongoing Full Time
Location: Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne
Categories: Strategy & Policy

Ahpra considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position. This position is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants in accordance with relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation.

Ahpra's overall purpose is to protect the public by regulating health practitioners efficiently and effectively in the public interest to facilitate access to safer healthcare for all the community. Ahpra and the National Scheme, in partnership with the National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group (the Strategy Group) have committed to eliminating racism within healthcare in Australia.

Ahpra, as the health practitioner regulator, aims to make patient safety the norm for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by ensuring registered health practitioners are practising their profession in a culturally safe way.

About the Role

You'll be responsible for leading an exciting reform project to embed cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in notifications/complaints processes.

You'll work with the newly formed Culturally Safe Notifications Working Group chaired by an Aboriginal Board member to provide specialist advice and achieve project deliverables.

Reporting to the Program Manager (Identified) you'll be positioned within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Unit (HSU) and support the implementation of the National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025 and work across the agency to embed cultural safety into the business and operations of Ahpra and in the healthcare system.

You'll work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

Success in this role derives from:

  • the ability to influence others to practice cultural safety
  • nd to understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of working and engaging in relation to complaints processes.

You'll work closely with the Program Manager, Culturally Safe Notifications Working Group, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group and regulatory operations staff to drive the delivery of this reform project.

As the ideal candidate you will demonstrate the following:

  • Highly developed interpersonal, influencing and relationship-building skills, including an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with stakeholders, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus in complex and multi stakeholder environments, including the ability to escalate issues appropriately, collaborate on solutions and provide insightful recommendations and advice. 
  • Possesses understanding, demonstration of, and strong respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and cultural safety.
  • Well-developed strategic thinking and ability to identify opportunities, plan, execute and review in a way which delivers on strategic outcomes. 
  • Demonstrated strong written communication skills and experience developing and writing policy or processes. 
  • Organisational skills including excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise workload in response to time critical targets. 
  • Degree level qualification in health or public policy or similar and/or equivalent experience.

Qualifications and/or experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector would be highly regarded

You can review the role descriptor here: Download File RD Senior Indigenous Notifications Officer (final).pdf

What's on offer

  • This is a permanent, full-time work level 6 position.
  • Flexible 3 days working from home with 2 days in the office.
  • Access to an Indigenous Employee Assistance Program.
  • Support and access to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network.
  • A formal mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
  • Cultural leave entitlements, as part of the Ahpra Enterprise Agreement.
  • Attractive salary of $104,576 per annum plus superannuation.

The successful candidate can be located in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart or Melbourne. This is a full time permanent position.

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ after viewing the role descriptor to submit your application.

Your application must include a CV and a cover letter (maximum of two pages) outlining your skills and experience relevant to the requirements in the role descriptor.

For any queries or a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Jayde Fuller on 07 3149 6948 or Majella Casson on 07 3149 6998 via email at   

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