Head of Western Public Health Unit

Job posted: 17/11/2020
Applications close: 27/11/2020 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Western Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Medical

Reference: 38811

Reference: 38811

Occupation: Medical

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Head of Western Public Health Unit – ID or Public Health Physician

Fixed Term Full Time

An exciting new fixed-term (12 months) full-time opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and highly experienced Infectious Diseases or Public Health Physician as Head of the new Western Public Health Unit (WPHU) based at Western Health. This is an exciting opportunity to help design a fresh, new, integrated approach to effective health care delivery and team-building in the Western region of metropolitan Melbourne.

About the Role

Western Health is recruiting to the position of Head of the Western Public Health Unit. If you are a dynamic and engaging leader seeking a role that is influential within the organisation and have well developed expertise in Infectious Diseases and/or Public Health, then this may be the role for you.

The Western Public Health Unit has been established to strengthen the public health response to infectious diseases and other health issues. The Unit is part of a new system of 3 metropolitan Public Health Units (WPHU, North-eastern (NEPHU), South-eastern (SEPHU)) and will link with the existing 6 regional Public Health Units to provide a new state-wide system of public health delivery and oversight. Initially WPHU will be solely responsible for COVID-19 related activities (case investigation, contact tracing, case coordination, and outbreak management). The Head of WPHU will lead public health and epidemiology activities and research across Western Health, the Western metropolitan region and its partners at the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.


This exciting leadership opportunity will involve:

  • Leading and promoting the public health work of the unit

  • Leading COVID-19 case, contact and outbreak management activities for the Western Public Health Unit

  • Development of the local public health unit service model, implementation and evaluation

  • Supervising and training public health staff

  • Supporting Western Health Strategic Priorities

  • Overseeing the management of the unit financial budgets, medical staffing requirements and activity targets

The successful applicant will become part of our supportive team that fosters a culture of excellence, research and life-long learning.

Skills & Experience OR Essential Criteria

  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency

  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Infectious Diseases or Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine or equivalent public health experience

  • Higher degree in research (e.g. PhD, MD) or public health (e.g. MPH)

    • Proven ability and experience in public health, contact tracing and outbreak management

    • Relevant management experience

    • Skill and maturity in problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution

    • Experience in the support and supervision of junior medical and public health staff

About Us

Our workforce of over 7,000 employees are driven by our values of ‘Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES). We value our people and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop.  Our teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring we deliver a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience.

Western Health comprises of three acute public hospitals: Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown Hospital. We also operate the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s, Sunbury Day Hospital, Transition Care at Hazeldean and a range of community based services. We care for a diverse community of over 1 million people with complex care needs ranging from Neonates to Geriatrics.

Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits such as:

  • Professional development support

  • Career advancement opportunities

  • Salary packaging including novated vehicle leasing

  • Work-life balance

Western Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and retaining diversity in our workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Western Health is committed to providing a safe environment for the children and young people who are involved in our services, sites and operations. We follow and abide by all legislative requirements to keep children and young people safe.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check, an Immunisation status clearance and (if applicable) a Working with Children’s Check.

Western Health do not accept unsolicited resumes/applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Head of Western Public Health Unit

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Dr Marion Kainer - 0490 479 430

Head of Western Public Health Unit