Employment Opportunity: Lecturer in Health Ethics, Law, and Professionalism Opportunity at Deakin University

November 18, 2016

The Lecturer in Health Ethics, Law and Professionalism will be required to teach, undertake research and publish in the areas of health ethics and/or health law, and professionalism. The appointee will promote the School and establish and maintain links and partnerships with relevant academic, industry and professional communities. The appointee will make an independent contribution to the School’s teaching, research, and program development.


  • Teaching in the areas of health ethics and/or health law and professionalism at the undergraduate and postgraduate level that is consistent with the University’s principles of teaching, learning and the student experience.
  • Developing learning environments that are flexible, student-centred and accessible, utilising appropriate technology.
  • Contributing to building an active (national) research record, including publication and the generation of external research income.
  • Participating with colleagues in developing and maintaining links and partnerships with industry and the wider community.
  • Undertaking appropriate administrative tasks.



  • Demonstrating evidence of up-to-date knowledge of developments in health ethics and/or health law, and professionalism, and incorporating such developments into learning and teaching practice within the School of Medicine.
  • Conducting research and scholarly publication in health ethics and/or health law, and professionalism.
  • Contributing to the School and Faculty’s research activity and national profile.
  • Engaging in collaborative research projects with colleagues and postgraduate students in one of the School/Faculty’s areas of research strength.



  • Supporting local and international student recruitment strategies.
  • Participating in the development and maintenance of links and partnerships with industry and relevant professional bodies and the community.
  • Providing support to casual teaching staff and collaborating with colleagues in the areas of teaching, research and/or professional activities relevant to health ethics and/or health law, and professionalism.
  • Performing administrative tasks commensurate with position responsibilities and contributing to processes that enable the effective operation of the School.
  • Contributing to organisational capacity building by participating in and facilitating development of programs relevant to evaluation and self-review of teaching and learning practice. Participating in a community of practice that supports and continuously up-skills in the use of technological tools.
  • Participating in the University’s Performance Planning and Review program.
  • Assisting with School, Faculty and University committees and carrying out other duties as directed by the Dean of Medicine or Executive Dean (Health).



  • Making a contribution to the Faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs that is consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan and core commitments, in particular contributing to development of health ethics and/or health law and professionalism teaching and fostering life-long learning skills among medical students.
  • Coordinating the ethics, law, professionalism, and communication theme curriculum in two year levels of the medical course, including organisation and oversight of relevant assessment activities.
  • Contributing to the teaching of programs within the School of Medicine as directed by the Associate Head of School (T&L) or Dean of Medicine.
  • Undertaking teaching related duties consistently with the University’s principles of teaching, learning and the student experience
  • Collaborating in curriculum design at Unit and Course levels with regards to health ethics and/or health law, and professionalism.
  • Developing, promoting and applying innovative and effective teaching and learning practices and materials that accord with the University’s curriculum design standards.
  • Delivering learning experiences and outcomes that are personal, engaging, relevant and challenging, for learners studying on campus, in the Cloud or in a combined mode.
  • Supervising honours students and HDR students, ensuring successful and timely completions.
  • Advising and supporting the development of students regarding teaching and learning.



The appointee will form part of the teaching team within the School of Medicine, which is one of five Schools in the Faculty of Health. Staff within the School report to the Executive Dean (Health) through the Dean of Medicine.

The appointee will be actively involved in teaching, research, consulting, industry partnerships, and professional activity. The appointee will interact with other staff within the School and the Faculty, their peers in other universities, both nationally and internationally, and with community, professional and industry organisations. The appointee will liaise with students at all levels.



The position is located at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus



The University may require an academic staff member who is offered a continuing or fixed term appointment with the University to serve a probationary period of up to 36 months.



Qualifications: PhD in a relevant field.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills:


  • Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to the Faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs in a manner that influences, motivates, and inspires students to learn.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and administer assessment regimes and provide feedback that fosters independent learning.
  • Experience in teaching and supervision in health ethics and/or health law and/or professionalism at undergraduate or postgraduate levels.
  • Experience in developing curricula and educational resources that reflect an understanding of the practical application of ethical or legal principles in the context of healthcare service delivery.
  • Knowledge of multi-literacies and experience in teaching effectively in a technology-enhanced contemporary higher education environment.



  • Capacity to supervise research students in health ethics and/or health law and/or professionalism.
  • Capacity to attract funding for research activities.
  • Proven research activity in health ethics and/or health law, including a sound record of publications in highly ranked academic journals.



  • Ability to contribute to the development and maintenance of partnerships with professional associations and the health and tertiary education sectors and with domestic educational institutions and industry.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Equal Opportunity principles and practices, and Occupational Health and Safety.


Personal Qualities

  • Interpersonal skills that demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, the staff of the Faculty and School and with other members of the University.
  • Commitment to the University’s Mission, Core Commitments and Values which include – excellence, academic freedom, collegiality, continuous improvement, ethical behaviour, accountability and environmental responsibility.



  • Current or recent (within last five years) practitioner in a health profession recognized by AHPRA or practical experience in the health care sector.
  • Have completed the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching (GCHELT) or equivalent. Experience, Knowledge and Skills
  • Administration of academic programs, such as course or unit coordination.
  • Attracted research funding or consultancy income in the area of health ethics and/or health law.
  • Participation in relevant committees and/or board structures.


Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrated personal quality of leadership.
  • Flexibility in adjusting to work requirements.



Annual performance objectives and expected outcomes will be defined for this role in accordance with the Minimum Standards and Typical Duties for Academic Levels (MSTDALs) and Faculty Research Expectation Models (FREMs). Specific duties will be allocated with reference to the applicable Workload Allocation Model (WAM). These documents are updated from time to time and are available on request.



Please apply online via:


Include cover letter, curriculum vitae and a response to the Selection Criteria.

Please quote reference number: 160619



All enquiries will be confidential and should be directed to:

Dr Dominique Martin

Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism

Telephone +61 3 5247 9482




Sunday4 December 2016



Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a panel. Details of professional referees will be requested prior to the interview.



An attractive remuneration package is offered. This will include:

Salary $90,779 – $107,553 per annum pro rata

Superannuation 17%



.8 EFT and continuing