20 November, 2023

Senior Policy Advisor

  • Full time, permanent opportunity with flexible location and WFH options
  • $112,349 base, plus 14% Superannuation and 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Leading National Health and Education member-based organisation

About the RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is the voice of general practitioners (GPs) in our growing cities and throughout rural and remote Australia. For more than 60 years, we’ve supported the backbone of Australia’s health system by setting the standards for education and practice and advocating for better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

We foster the future of general practice through our profession-led, community-based training model for the Australian General Practice Training Program and other training pathways. We train GPs to deliver quality, whole-person care to patients across Australia, support their ongoing professional development and provide a point of connection for GPs serving communities in every corner of the country.

We’re committed to diversity and social inclusion and encourage applications from people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, people with disability and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

About you
As our Senior Policy Advisor, you’ll bring your broad knowledge and understanding of issues impacting upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the context of primary healthcare. With your strong commitment to the rights, needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, combined with your significant experience in analysing policy issues and developing policy advice, position statements and submissions at a national level, you’ll play a critical role in bringing focus to current and emerging issues in this field.

To thrive in this role, you’ll have:

  • an ability to initiate research, seek out relevant data/information and analyse findings to provide informed and evidence-based recommendations. 
  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding of government structures and processes.
  • excellent written/verbal communication skills and an ability to produce high quality documents and briefing papers
  • demonstrated experience and ability to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.

About the opportunity
Reporting to the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, you’ll coordinate the development and implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health policy and advocacy initiatives by providing strategic advice, high-quality submissions to national reform opportunities and position statements as they relate to the primary healthcare sector. Using your broad knowledge and understanding of the area, you will conduct research and provide high level advice on a range of emerging health policy and general practitioner education issues.

In addition, you’ll:

  • provide oversight and governance of the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council, Education Committee and Faculty executive.
  • preparing strategic briefings for Faculty manager and executive, internal RACGP stakeholders and Faculty members
  • establish and maintain support for national advocacy priorities, including our involvement in the CtG Campaign, support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Raise the Age Campaign.
  • maintain relationships with external policy networks, including through National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP) and other medical colleges.

The Benefits

  • 14% superannuation
  • Additional leave over the Christmas and New Year period
  • 5% annual leave loading for EA employees
  • Hybrid working arrangements
  • The Core Academy
  • High-profile health and education organisation where progressive leadership, innovation integrity, collaboration and accountability are valued.

To apply

Follow the link to our carers page to submit your CV and cover letter as one document.

Please apply as soon as possible as we will be reviewing applications as they are submitted, and interviews will commence with suitable applicants who have applied. 

Towards the end of the process, applicants will be asked to complete pre-employment screening, which may include reference checks and/or a National Police Check. Applicants must have the right to work in Australia.

For a copy of the position description, visit https://www.racgp.org.au/the-racgp/careers/position-descriptions

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