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Assistant Secretary Health Protection and Policy – Department of Defence

Assistant Secretary Health Protection and Policy – Department of Defence

Company: Department of Defence
Location: Canberra, ACT
Job Type: Full-time
Date Posted: 09/09/2022
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Employment Type: Fixed Term: Full Time
Location: Canberra, ACT
Application Close Date: 18/09/2022

Where you’ll be working

Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) is a diverse group responsible for delivering joint capabilities including education and training, health services and logistics in support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and is a leader in information warfare. JCG is instrumental in ensuring ADF warfighting effectiveness and supporting the delivery of Government directed outcomes. The work in JCG is fast paced, exciting and directly supports Defence’s mission to defend Australia and its National Interests.

JCG consists of the Australian Defence College, Information Warfare Division, Joint Military Police Unit, Joint Health Command, Joint Logistics Command, the Australian Civil-Military Centre, Joint Support Services Division and the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise Task Force.

Defence’s primary mission is to protect Australia and its national interests, promote security and stability in the world, and support the Australian community as directed by the Government. Defence Australian Public Service (APS) employees are engaged in an array of occupations, across Australia and around the world, enabling our three services: Navy, Army and Air Force, to fulfil key defensive roles as well as providing a range of peacetime services

In Defence, you will enjoy experiences and opportunities that, as an APS employee, you simply would not get in any other organisation. You are able to undertake interesting, challenging and unique work. This ranges from intelligence and strategic policy right through to human resources, communications, infrastructure and engineering, and information technology.

About the Role

The Health Protection and Policy Branch enables optimisation of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) overall health status and performance, through:

  • Broadening of the health surveillance program for assessing and understanding the impact of military service on the health of Defence members and identification of emerging threats;
  • In-depth knowledge of the ADF’s overall health capability and capacity, including the potential impact of health-related risks in the ADF operational environment;
  • Development of a synchronised approach to conducting and applying health-related research; and
  • Collation and translation of research to develop robust policy to prevent, detect and respond to health threats and inform service delivery.As the Assistant Secretary Health Protection and Policy, you will be responsible for leading and managing the Health Protection and Policy Branch and ensuring that initiatives and actions of the Branch are aligned to the ADF Health Strategy, including optimisation of the ADF through overall health status and performance, and achievement of a connected approach to single-service occupational conditioning programs.


You will broaden the health surveillance program for assessing and understanding the impact of military service on the health of ADF members and identification of emerging threats and oversee development of a synchronised approach to conducting and applying health-related research. You will ensure research and surveillance, policy, advisory/professorial and international engagement meets Government policy objectives and stakeholder requirements.

You will collaborate and liaison across the Australia Defence Organisation (ADO), whole of Australian Government and identified international bodies, including participation and facilitation with international engagement, research collaboration and information sharing on health protection and prevention to ensure alignment with international best practice and innovation.

You will lead the Senior Medical Advisors and Expert Advisory Group to deliver expert advice on health protection and prevention in the development and review of policy, including supporting the provision of expert clinical, technical and academic advice to the Surgeon General ADF and developing and maintaining of relationships with the universities and organisations that supply members to the expert advisory group.

The ideal candidate will possess a relevant post-graduate qualification in a health-related field and demonstrated experience in health executive leadership. They will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise, negotiate and resolve complex matters with high-profile stakeholders and strong professional judgement and the ability to apply a health protection and prevention approach to decision making. They will develop cooperative relationships with key Australian and International organisations so as to identify and promote ADF health policy, prevention and protection issues.

If the candidate is employed as an MO5, additional duties, obligations and clinical delegations will be associated with the position.

About You

Defence requires an exceptional senior executive to fill a position at the Senior Executive Service Band 1 or Medical Officer Class 5 level in its Joint Capabilities Group.

You will be a strategic thinker with significant leadership and management ability, possessing strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability as a persuasive leader. To be successful you will exemplify the Defence Values and Behaviours and engender a culture of innovation, collaboration and agility. You will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives of others.

More information

For Further Job Related Information: If you would like to know more about the position, responsibilities and expectations, please contact:

AIRCDRE Lara Gunn at dghbp.coord@defence.gov.au

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens. This is a security-designated position and the successful applicant will be required to hold or obtain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting 2 level.

Applications close Sunday 18/09/2022

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