Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Newcastle




The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology will contribute towards the three domains of academic work within the School of Medicine and Public Health: Research and Innovation, Teaching and Learning, and Service and Engagement, in line with the Performance Expectations Framework (PEF) for Academic staff.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching and assessment of undergraduate medical students, while contributing to the development of the new medical program and participating in research and administrative duties appropriate to the appointment level.

This position will be based at the Central Coast Medical School (CCMS) of the Joint Medical Program (JMP), located at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals; teaching hospitals for the CCLHD and the University of Newcastle. There will also be strong links with the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and related research centres within the University of Newcastle (Mothers and Babies Research Centre and PRC for Reproductive Science).

CCLHD is in a stage of substantial growth in health research and education, with the establishment of the Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute, and the development of the Health and Wellbeing Precinct. Moreover, there will be strong links with academic educators and researchers at the University. There is a strong focus on Integrated Health Care and the health priorities of CCLHD. The successful applicant will be a key member of an academic team based within the CCLHD and will work collaboratively with the Clinical Dean at CCMS to achieve growth and sustainability of research and medical education programs, and to foster a strong partnership with CCLHD.

The successful applicant will be offered a Clinical Academic appointment in Obstetrics and Gynaecology within CCLHD, which provides health services to the local government area extending north from the Hawkesbury River to the southern shore of Lake Macquarie and west to Wiseman’s Ferry. Services include acute, subacute, and ambulatory healthcare, in collaboration with Primary and Community Care Services.



The School of Medicine and Public Health is the largest of four Schools within the Faculty of Health and Medicine. The School's educational strengths are the Doctor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program (MD-JMP) and postgraduate programs in public health. The School also has a strong research focus and works closely with the CCLHD to promote health research focussed on population needs and health services within this locality. The research and educational programs have robust international links and opportunities, and the potential for growth of interprofessional learning and research. The CCMS is core to the Joint Medical Program, coordinating clinical teaching and supervision for medical students across key clinical Disciplines in hospital, community and primary care settings. From 2020 it is anticipated that students will be placed at the new CC Medical School across all five years of the curriculum.

The 5 year undergraduate Joint Medical Program (JMP) is a unique partnership between the University of Newcastle, the University of New England and the Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts. In 2017 the JMP commenced the double degree program - Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine - following substantial revision of the existing Bachelor of Medicine. The innovative new program maintains early and broad clinical experience, an integrated problem-based learning curriculum alongside enhanced opportunities for research in public health and longitudinal electives in global health. The JMP offers the opportunity to practise in urban, regional, rural and remote Australia through participating in a program of international standing and is an Australian first. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to this program, through teaching, participation in program leadership roles and undertaking innovative programs in medical education.

Our mission is to make a positive difference to the health of people on the Central Coast and in the Hunter, Australia, and worldwide, by being at the forefront of Australian medical and public health education and research for the 21st century.



The role is expected to display personal qualities and behaviours consistent with an Individual Contributor’s Level as outlined in the Leadership Framework.

The UON Leadership framework describes six leadership capabilities for both academic and professional staff. At UON, leaders: shape the future, engage beyond the University, work collaboratively, strive for excellence, drive performance and show courage and respect.

At UON we recognise that while leaders exist at all levels, people face different challenges and demands depending on their leadership level. For each Leadership Capability, the behaviours reflect how each capability can be observed at different leadership levels in the University.


This Position Description outlines the major accountabilities/responsibilities and the selection criteria against which you will be assessed as suitable for the position. As such there will be specific job requirements that we refer to as Inherent Requirements. Inherent Requirements refer to your ability to:

 Perform the essential duties and functional requirements of the job;

 Meet the productivity and quality requirements of the position;

 Work effectively in the team or other type of work organisation concerned; and

 Do the job without undue risk to your own or others health, safety and welfare at work.

If you have any injuries, illness, disorder, impairment, condition or incapacity that may affect your ability to perform the inherent requirements of the position, we encourage you to discuss this with the University to assist in the process of identifying reasonable adjustments to enable you to perform the duties of the position.



Appointment at Level B:

 Fellowship of the Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) or equivalent;

 Registration, or potential for registration, as a Specialist Obstetrician/Gynaecologist with AHPRA;

 Postgraduate degree (PhD) or significant substantial progress towards completion, or equivalent accreditation in relevant research fields;

 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

 Demonstrated ability in teaching, assessment and curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;

 Demonstrated commitment to engagement and collaboration with clinicians and health services towards improvements in health care;

 Ability to work collaboratively and bring together people from different areas to participate in School or University wide initiatives;

 Demonstrated knowledge of workplace obligations to, and experience in leading and cultivating workplace practices and behaviours that promote, support and maintain a safe, healthy, equitable, diverse and respectful workplace; including responding appropriately to adverse accidents, incidents, behaviours, issues, reports and the like.

For appointment at Level C, the applicant must also possess:

 Postgraduate degree (PhD) or equivalent accreditation;

 A track record of collaborative, health-related research, demonstrated through research grants, peer-reviewed publications and HDR supervision.

 Well-developed leadership and management skills.



It is desirable that the successful applicant also possess the following:

 Experience in the use of digital technologies for teaching and research;

 Experience in the implementation of quality improvement, work practice reform and change within a large organisation;

 Demonstrated capacity to develop strategic linkages with the RANZCOG and broader community in the area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology;



For additional information on the position contact Prof Craig Pennell (Discipline lead, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine) Craig.Pennell@newcastle.edu.au or Associate Professor Amanda Dawson (Clinical Dean, Central Coast Clinical School) Amanda.Dawson@newcastle.edu.au.



Please note: your application must include;

 a statement addressing the selection criteria (4 pages max)

 your CV with contact details for three relevant referees.

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