9 Aug 2017

Temporary Interim Operations Manager

Hunter New England Local Health District – Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Job Description

Hunter New England Local Health District require a “Interim Operations Manager” in Newcastle NSW:

The HSM1 interim Operations Manager in NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH, co-ordinates the activities of CIRH partner organisations so the CIRH can accomplish its vision.

The position provides operational management for the CIRH and supports the Director for NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH.

The person is the secretariat for the CIRH Governing Board and the governance bodies to be established for the CIRH.

The Interim Operational Manager also manages the CIRH budget, including reporting to funders such as the NHMRC and NSW Office for Health and Medical Research.

Interim Operations Manager – 12 month appointment

NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH

Beachside regional city centre two hour drive from Sydney

Help lead this important health research collaboration

Positively impact the health of regional and rural communities in NSW

Are you looking for an opportunity to flex your outstanding management skills in a health care research environment that is changing? Join us and take responsibility for coordinating the activities of the new NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH so it can accomplish its vision of translating research that improves the health of communities in the Hunter, New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast areas of NSW. Based in Newcastle – a wonderful place to visit – an even better place to live and work.

This pivotal role provides operational management for the CIRH and reports to the Director for NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH.

You will be an individual who is motivated and thrives on the ability to bring people together to work collaboratively. You will possess exceptional communication skills and the ability to engage with NSW Regional Health Partners’ organisations and to collaborate with other members of the Australian Health Research Alliance. You’ll also demonstrate strong governance experience, financial management and immaculate attention to detail.

Enquiries can be made, in confidence, to Kristy Morris ( kristy.morris@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au ) or Jane Gray ( jane.gray@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au ) on 02 4985 5298 quoting job reference 409383.

More Information on NSW Regional Health Partners – Centre for Innovation in Regional Health

NSW Regional Health Partners was accredited by the NHMRC as a Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) in 2017, under a new scheme initiated by the Commonwealth Department of Health in response to the McKeon Review of Medical Research in Australia. The Centre is one of nine national consortia that form the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), charged with implementing changes in health service delivery and population health to ensure better health outcomes for all Australians. The nine AHRA centres have established a collaborative approach to address national initiatives to improve the translation of current evidence into healthcare practices and policies. The first round of funding to support these national initiatives was provided from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in 2017.

NSW Regional Health Partners is one of only two accredited Centres for Innovation in Regional Health and the only CIRH focused on regional, rural and remote health services. The other CIRH is based in Alice Springs and has a major focus on Indigenous health services and the development of the Indigenous health research workforce. The AHRA also includes the seven Australian Health Research Translation Centres (AHRTCs) based in the nation’s capital cities with a focus on metropolitan health services and major national research infrastructure.

NSW Regional Health Partners – The Partnership

The Central Coast, Hunter, New England and Mid North Coast areas of NSW serve a population of 1.5 million people including 10% of Australia’s Aboriginal population. In 2016, having a postcode located in Regional Australia was associated with a life expectancy reduction averaging one year for rural community dwellers and three years for those living in a remote community. The regional life expectancy gap is even further exaggerated by up to 10 years for Indigenous peoples. Like most parts of Australia, healthcare in regional Australia is delivered by a complex web of interrelated and co-dependent services, typically with little overarching governance or “unity of purpose” programs. Geographical dispersion creates additional challenges to service integration and changing the way we work.

Australia is recognised for the quality of its biomedical and clinical research, yet this excellence is often not reflected in its implementation into clinical practices, especially for communities in regional, rural and remote Australia. Australians can be disadvantaged by this failure to turn discoveries and innovations into better health preventative strategies, new treatments, and better ways of caring for our communities.

NSW Regional Health Partners was formed to help close these gaps by integrating research evidence and population health prevention strategies to inform healthcare provision and health professional training relevant to regional, rural and remote areas. The CIRH is a partnership between three NSW Local Health Districts, a public/private hospital, a primary health care network, Australia’s only regional medical research institute, and two regional universities; all of whom have made a commitment to delivery of a vision of better healthcare outcomes. Together we are focusing on the translation of research evidence into treatments and models of care that will bring benefit to our patients, our communities and provide the opportunity of scalability across Australia to regional and remote health service delivery.

NSW Regional Health Partners – Foundation Partners

Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)

Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD)

Mid-North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD)

Calvary Mater Newcastle (CMN)

Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

University of Newcastle (UoN)

University of New England (UNE)

Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN)

Information on the Founding Partners of the CIRH is provided at the end of this document and on the CIRH website.

NSW Regional Health Partners respectfully acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land in which our health facilities are located, and pay respect to the Elders, community members and the community-controlled health services with whom we aim to partner to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our shared region.

CIRH Objectives

To improve the health outcomes of people living in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia by delivering better regional healthcare and preventative health strategies and formulating relevant health policies and practices.

NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH has three key objectives:
To collaborate with the AHRA AHRTC and CIRH centres to deliver on the national agreed initiatives to address the MRFF priorities in health translation improvements and ensure they apply to regional and remote health services

To strengthen alignment between our CIRH partners to translate research discoveries into improved health outcomes and provide equity for healthcare in regional, rural, and remote communities for agreed local priorities

To ensure translational research outcomes and learnings from the above activities inform the health service delivery, and training programs of our current and future health professionals in our CIRH partner organisations

To achieve these objectives, the CIRH partners (Governing Board) will agree on specific local priorities and indicate their support for involvement in the national priorities. Funded projects (CIRH or external funding) will bring together multi-disciplinary teams of health care practitioners, academics, communities (patients, carers and community) and other non-health partners (industry, government and community).

The success of our approach will be reflected in: i) improved rural and regional health outcomes in the priority areas, ii) changes in service delivery due to implementation of research evidence, iii) impacts on economic decision making, iv) uptake of public health evidence by communities, v) impacts on health policy and vi) changes in educational programs.

Two overarching principles will apply to all our activities:
all activities will include a focus on closing the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous Australians;

the activities will engage with our consumers and communities in the design and delivery of the outcomes.

CIRH Governance

NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH is guided by excellent leadership, an inclusive culture and a strong commitment to collaboration across partner organisations. Our governance structure includes:

The CIRH is governed by a Governing Board , comprised of the Chief Executives and Vice Chancellors of each partner organisation. The Governing Board will set the local priorities and agreed involvement in national initiatives.

The CIRH Governing Board will be served and advised by a Translation Advisory Committee . The CIRH Director will serve on both of these bodies.

The Translation Advisory Committee will establish Translation Working Groups to implement priority research projects and translational initiatives endorsed by the Governing Board.

The Governing Board will set 3 and 5-year performance goals and outcome targets in changes in healthcare delivery, preventative health strategies, translational research performance, and engagement outcomes between partners and other AHRA centres.

The CIRH Director will represent the CIRH on the Australian Health Research Alliance.

This represents an exceptional and timely opportunity to join this new organisation and help lead its next stage of development.

Selection Criteria

High-level stakeholder management experience and demonstrated ability to coordinate, manage and influence people to achieve desired outcomes.

Demonstrated ability to design, manage and report on program budgets effectively.

Demonstrated ability in human resource management and systems within HNEH and/or its research partner organisations.

Knowledge of emerging trends in state and national research policy and practice, particularly related to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s strategy to accredit Advanced Health Research Translation Centres and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health and the Medical Research Futures Fund.

Highly developed writing and computer skills, including data manipulation and analysis.

Demonstrated ability to establish networks across research partner organisations.

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