22 March, 2022

Senior Policy Advisor

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national peak body representing 144 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) and the lead advisor to the Commonwealth Government on primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples nationally.

The Senior Policy Advisor role will be responsible for a variety of tasks including delivery of a broad range of primary health care policies, coordinating input to evidence based advice to senior staff, and establishing and maintaining key internal and external networks.

The role is high profile, fast paced and will suit individuals with a desire to further their policy, analytical and advocacy skills. The role will suit applicants with the ability to think strategically, informing NACCHO’s exciting and fast paced reform agenda.

Senior Policy Advisors provide high level and timely advice and advocacy on complex and sensitive policy matters that contribute to NACCHO’s and stakeholder’s strategic policy direction. They undertake complex research and analysis in specialty areas to provide evidence-based recommendations. They oversee the provision of complex correspondence and documentation for the Executive, Board and other stakeholders and maintain accurate records of discussions and decisions. They also work under broad direction and use initiative to lead and advance the development of high-quality policy advice to improve health and well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In an evolving primary health care environment, our policy focus includes but is not limited to:

  • Maternal and Child health
  • Rural and remote health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Mental health
  • Integrated aged care policy
  • Health systems reform
  • National health policy frameworks
  • Health workforce

Responsibilities of the Senior Policy Advisor include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing policy papers, submissions, published evidence and other material to formulate policy positions and recommendations.
  • Preparing policy advice and complex correspondence for NACCHO Executive, including briefings, talking points and submissions to enquiries.
  • Drafting policy frameworks and implementing policy directions into program frameworks and/or plans.
  • Liaising with organisations and governments within both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on health and wellbeing policy and planning issues.
  • Representing the organisation at external meetings, working groups and other forums, presenting evidence-based information and advocating agreed NACCHO policy positions in a range of policy areas.
  • Managing strategic initiatives to support and strengthen the work of ACCHOs in delivering holistic and integrated primary care.
  • Driving the communication and advocacy of the NACCHO policies and strategic direction.

Applications close Monday, 4 April 2022 at 8.00am.

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