Principal Public Health Medical Officer (VPSG6.1)

Job posted: 15/09/2021
Applications close: 29/09/2021 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 31 December 2021

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $125,893 - $147,184

Occupation: Research

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1566856

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1566856

Occupation: Research

Salary Range: $125,893 - $147,184

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

Application Closes: 29 September 2021 

Role: Principal Public Health Medical Officer

Number of vacancies available: 5

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street/Work from home

Position Summary: 

The successful applicant will play a key role in relation to developing, delivering and improving investigation and control activities in Victoria's Health Protection activities. 

This position will be responsible for providing authoritative public health advice, information and direction to departmental officers, management, key stakeholders and members of the community. This job offers an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop skills in health protection policy and planning (communicable diseases, environmental health, and food safety), preventative health and public health emergency management. This position is required to participate in an on-call roster and provide response outside of standard business hours.


Operating at value range 1, you will:

  • Provide expert public health medical, technical and strategic advice and input to policy development, review and reporting on significant issues across the.COVID-19 response.
  • Actively engage with central stakeholders to ensure the public health system in Victoria is prepared to respond effectively and efficiently to cases and outbreaks of COVID-19
  • Improve public health outcomes by working collaboratively with health experts on the development of standards, procedures, guidelines and policies.
  • Rapidly identify and characterise public health risks allowing interpretation of implications for policy, practice and being able to appropriately prioritise a response.
  • Provide timely expert advice and develop open and effective communication strategies including collection of highly complex, contentious or sensitive information on matters of public health.
  • Provide high quality business intelligence, authoritative advice and sound policy recommendations to senior management and government based on comprehensive research.
  • Oversee the development of policy and initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Review and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs and cabinet and agency submissions on complex issues.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Maintain an understanding of Commonwealth and State legislative and policy reform directions to influence policy development.
  • Represent the department on committees and community-based forums concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.

Operating at value range 2, you will perform all the above together with increasing involvement to:

  • Operate within increased level of autonomy and accountability in delivering within broad strategic directions.
  • Provide leadership and guidance based on advanced expertise.
  • Contribute advanced expertise and knowledge to benefit strategic planning and organisation/sector-wide outcomes.
  • Manage a range of projects/functions each with increased budget, staff responsibilities or strategic importance.
  • Respond productively to deliver solutions and outcomes in an organisational environment complicated by scale, heterogeneity and complexity.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health>

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

Principal Public Health Medical Officer (VPSG6.1)

Job type:

Full time / 31 December 2021

Job classification:



Chisssie Pickin | chrissie.pickin@health.vic.gov.au

Principal Public Health Medical Officer (VPSG6.1)