Senior Health Policy & Strategy Officer

Job No: 91706
Location: Adelaide, SA

  • Senior leadership opportunity identifying health needs and developing policies to help improve the lives of Aboriginal people in SA 
  • Attractive AHCSA Level 7 remuneration of $96,114 plus super & salary sacrificing options
  • Ongoing training and career progression opportunities


The Aboriginal Health Council of S.A. Ltd. (AHCSA) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation governed by an Aboriginal Board. AHCSA is a membership-based peak body with a leadership, watchdog, advocacy and sector support role, and a commitment to Aboriginal self-determination. It is the health voice for Aboriginal people across South Australia, representing the expertise, needs and aspirations of Aboriginal communities at both state and national levels based on a holistic perspective of health.

About the Opportunity

AHCSA now has an exciting leadership opportunity for a Senior Health Policy & Strategy Officer to join their team in Adelaide, SA. This is a full-time, fixed term role to 30 June, 2019.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, this pivotal role will see you supporting and implementing the objectives and policies of the AHCSA by assisting Aboriginal communities to identify their health service needs, and assisting the management of Aboriginal community controlled health services by advocating for their needs at a state and national level. As a senior role within AHCSA you will also provide support to the CEO and Deputy CEO by delivering proactive leadership to AHCSA generally and to their own work areas, specifically. 

Some of your key duties will include:

  • Providing leadership to AHCSA and the ACCHO sector in relation to national and state level policies that will have an impact on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal communities in South Australia;
  • Assisting the AHCSA Board of Directors to develop health support strategies and representing the needs of Aboriginal communities to relevant stakeholders;
  • Developing policy and providing advice on a wide variety of Aboriginal Health issues in response to AHCSA Board and Secretariat priorities; and
  • Providing leadership and supervision to the 6 staff of the Quality Systems Team, including building morale and ensuring an efficient work environment.

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About You

This is an exciting, senior strategic position within AHCSA and as such needs someone who can bring extensive experience in primary health care, community health or community development, particularly in the formulation, analysis and evaluation of policy. Qualifications in any of the above listed areas will be highly regarded, however are not essential as long as you possess significant relevant experience.

It is crucial you have the ability to work collaboratively with Aboriginal communities, their leaders and health professionals, while respecting traditional culture, values and ways of doing business. Prior experience working alongside Aboriginal communities will be viewed favourably. 

With exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you will be confident in dealing appropriately with sensitive issues and your consultative approach and keen negotiation skills will ensure your ability to recognise and resolve conflict and troubleshoot issues as they arise. Someone who has worked within the Government health sector, and can bring with them a network of existing relationships and partnerships, will be well suited to this position. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Benefits

This is a rewarding opportunity for a driven individual looking for an opportunity to bring their strategic direction and policy knowledge to make real change within the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive AHCSA Level 7 remuneration package of $96,114 plus super and salary sacrificing options to increase your take home pay.

AHCSA holds a strong commitment to the development of its people. You'll be given ongoing opportunities for skills improvement and career advancement, including access to conferences focusing on personal and professional development.

Don't miss this rewarding opportunity to make a positive impact on the health outcomes of Aboriginal communities in South Australia - Apply Now! 

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