First listed on: 18 May 2017

Public Health Physician

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Indicative total package value of between: $268,729 - $327,246 inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 9.5% super.

About us:

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

The Population Health Division (PHD) has primary responsibility for the management of population health issues within ACT Health. The Division undertakes the core functions of prevention, assessment, policy development and assurance, and contributes to local and nation policy, program delivery and protocols on population health issues.

The PHD is headed by the Chief Health Officer (CHO) and Deputy Director-General and both report to the Director-General of ACT Health. The Division is comprised of two branches and two offices - the Health Protection Service, Health Improvement Branch, Office of the Chief Health Officer and Executive Support Office.

Overview of the work area and position:

The Office of the Chief Health Officer (OCHO) is responsible for providing public health advice - both internally and external to the Division - as well as undertaking high-level project and policy work on behalf of the CHO. Key policy priority areas for the OCHO include obesity and injury prevention and reduction; medicinal cannabis; loose-fill asbestos; organ and tissue donation; gene technology and the health effects of climate change.

Under the direction of the Deputy Chief Health Officer, the successful applicant will work with Divisional Officers to address a wide range of public health issues within the ACT and via representation on national committees. These include (but are not limited to) chronic disease prevention; environmental health and food safety; regulation of medicines and therapeutic goods, communicable disease control; epidemiology relating to the health of the ACT population; health promotion, and policy development relating to a wide range of issues including sexually transmitted infections, Hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS. This position requires participation in an after-hours roster.

Qualifications and experience


  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 
  • Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine or of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
  • Current Drivers License.


  • Familiarity with modern computer systems including office software will be highly desirable.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • undergo a pre-employment Police check.

Salary, Remuneration and Conditions:

Starting salary will be negotiated within this band for the successful applicant, depending on their experience and expertise.

Superannuation, ranging from 9.5%-10.5% depending on individual arrangements, is payable on this salary component.

ACT Health is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.

As part of this commitment we strongly encourage people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, or People with Disability, to apply for all positions.
ACT Health is a smoke free environment, across all buildings, grounds and vehicles.

Reimbursement of many relocation costs is available if you are successful and move to Canberra.

Medical Staff in the Health Directorate enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at

About our great city, Canberra, Australia's National Capital:

Canberra is a city with outstanding amenities and excellent housing, educational and leisure opportunities. It is home to national icons and monuments as well as natural treasures. The coast and ski fields are nearby; Sydney is only three hours away by road. For more information on our great city and your future, visit:

Contact Officer: Dr Andrew Pengilley (02) 6207 0291

Applications Close: 8 June 2017

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