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Head of Department and Professor, Health Professions

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Administration, Academic - Teaching and Research

  • Lead and inspire an established department of academic and professional staff
  • An attractive salary package including 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

Seeking a dynamic and experienced Physiotherapy academic leader for the role of Head of Department and Associate Professor or Professor of the Department of Health Professions in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Department of Health Professions has approximately 20 staff mainly comprising academic staff focussed on physiotherapy and human movement and professional and clinical staff. This role will involve in enhancing the quality of teaching, research and community engagement within the Department, across MQ Health and with external collaborative partners while ensuring that resources and risks are managed effectively. The Head of Department will participate as an active team member of the Faculty Executive and Leadership Group to achieve the visions and ambitions of the Faculty and to role model the values of MQ Health.

This position is for a continuing role as an Associate Professor or Professor and a 3-year appointment as the Head of Department.

About You

You will be visionary leader who can inspire and create a culture of high performance and collegiality. You will bring with you a wealth of successful management experience within an academic setting and have a proven ability to build and deliver on strategic priorities in alignment with the Faculty and University’s strategic goals.

You will have a proven track record of modelling core academic, Faculty and University values and foster an environment of innovation and excellence in teaching and research to be successful in this role.

About Us

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is ambitiously pushing the boundaries of progressive thinking and challenging what’s possible to solve some of the big issues of our time, both nationally and on a global scale. The Faculty forms part of MQ Health, an integrated academic health sciences enterprise which incorporates Macquarie University Hospital and primary and speciality clinics which provides excellent opportunities for practically focussed education within an academic clinical environment. There are enormous opportunities to capitalise on this model in order to graduate the highest quality of students, with staff who are committed, innovative and highly collaborative.

The Faculty offers a distinctive suite of capability-based educational programs, including an innovative undergraduate entry degree for students interested in studying clinical science, either as a prevocational health practice degree or as a foundation to pursue medical research, a unique Doctor of Physiotherapy degree that is the only three-year extended masters-level, professional-entry physiotherapy program in NSW, an innovative graduate-entry medical degree (Macquarie MD) and a post-graduate Masters of Public Health program.  The faculty also offers higher degree research programs including a Master of Research and PhD programs. 

In research, the Department of Health Professions focuses on optimising development, performance and wellbeing of people across the lifespan. Our core research areas are Physical Activity, Pain, Function and Complex Conditions which all target Macquarie University’s research priority of Healthy People. Within the Faculty we also have active research programs in neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health and patient safety. 

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below in a separate document and upload the document as part of the application process.

  • Collaborative and transformational leadership that unites and inspires people and creates a culture of higher performance and collegiality.
  • Demonstrated academic leadership in Physiotherapy and/or healthcare
  • Registration (or ability to gain registration) with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia
  • Strong capability to manage financial and physical resources and people, to deliver outcomes against a background of change and development.
  • Proven track record in developing and enabling multi-disciplinary collaborations within a department, faculty, university and wider community.
  • Strategic thinking, business development and implementation at a senior level.
  • Ability to, and experience in, mentoring to ensure the professional development of academic and professional staff.
  • A PhD or equivalent expertise in a suitable discipline and outstanding contributions to scholarship and research in a discipline as evidenced by ongoing publications in top tier journals and recognition as an eminent authority in the discipline.
  • A record of excellence in leadership of healthcare and/or teaching and innovative curriculum development at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Outstanding communication skills including the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders.

For further information regarding this role, please click here to view the role description.

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Catherine Dean, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at

General Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic at

Applications Close: Sunday, 11 November 2018 at 11:55pm (AEST)

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.



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