Western Australian Centre for Rural Health
Doctor of Optometry
- The position is based in Geraldton, Western Australia at the WA Centre for Rural Health
- Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 33 months
- Base salary range: Level B $105,043 – $124,301 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.
About the team
The WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) is part of the School of Allied Health at UWA. It is one of 17 Commonwealth-funded University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) in Australia, with its offices and facilities located in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.
WACRH aims to improve rural, remote and Aboriginal health through education, student placement support, research and community service activities.
The Discipline of Optometry in the School of Allied Health offers three-year postgraduate professional Doctorate of Optometry along with Higher Degree by Research option.
The UWA Doctor of Optometry Program aspires to “graduate socially accountable optometry professionals (clinicians and researchers), who are lifelong learners committed to delivering culturally safe and responsive, person-centred care, which meets individual and societal health care needs and improves health outcomes.”
About the opportunity
The aim is to improve rural, remote and Aboriginal eyecare through education, student placement support and community service activities in the Midwest, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of Western Australia. This will support the recruitment and retention of Optometrists in rural and remote Australia. You will also undertake research and actively strive to obtain research funding, individually or in collaboration.
You will establish a new UWA clinical facility (Geraldton) for optometry students and provide continuous vision care service delivery. This will include delivery of an optometry clinical education program through student clinical placements and supervision in rural settings. This will provide diverse student experience through multidisciplinary care pathways and relationships.
As an academic clinician based in Geraldton, you will lead the establishment of the UWA Optometry Hub for the delivery of optometry services and the clinical education of Optometry Students in conjunction with existing local stakeholders. You will also further build key stakeholder relationships, including local community optometrists, ophthalmology, Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Services and other key eyecare providers.
To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
- Therapeutically endorsed optometrist registered with AHPRA.
- Five years of relevant clinical work experience or equivalent in the field of optometry.
The following would be considered if less than five years’ experience:
- Postgraduate qualifications
- Special interests in optometry sub-speciality
- Relevant working experience (rural / remote / indigenous)
- Relevant teaching experience.
Demonstrated management, organisational skills and leadership qualities by displaying evidence of the following:
- Effective communication
- Resilience / Resourcefulness
- Independence / Self-motivation
- Being collaborative and a Team Player
- Flexibility / Ability to adapt to and accommodate changing surroundings
- Working well under pressure
- Effective stakeholder management
Note: Requirements of this position:
- Current “C” class driver’s licence
- Current Working with Children Check
- Current National Police Clearance Certificate
- Be immunised/vaccinated as outlined in the Australian Immunisation Handbook, UWA guidelines, and WA Government’s Department of Health’s COVID-19 Health Worker and Residential Aged Care Worker Directions.
About your application
Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: POSITION DESCRIPTION [Lecturer] - Position Number  - Level [B].pdf
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Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Friday, 10 February 2023
This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.
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Our commitment to inclusion and diversity
UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.
- We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
- We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
- We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
- We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
- We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.
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