First listed on: 18 September 2023

National Indigenous Engagement Officer 


Employment Type: Temporary Full Time up until 2 August 2024
Position Classification: Health Mgr Lvl 1
Remuneration: $78079 - $105030 full time equivalent base salary range (excludes super, leave loading and salary packaging)
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ429591

Sydney Children's Hospitals Network is the largest paediatric health care entity in Australia. We care for thousands of children each year in our hospitals and in their homes — with one purpose in mind — to help young people live their healthiest lives.

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The National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) is looking for an experienced and passionate Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to coordinate the NCIRS Cultural Governance Group, foster Indigenous-focused research across NCIRS program areas, and build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across the Australian national Indigenous health sector.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong relationship-building and networking skills
  • Experience in working with Indigenous communities and organisations
  • Knowledge of Indigenous health and immunisation
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

What we offer:

  • The chance to make a meaningful impact on Indigenous health on a national level.
  • A collaborative and supportive work environment that values diversity and inclusion.
  • The opportunity to learn and grow alongside dedicated professionals in the field.

Please refer to the position description for a more detailed description of accountabilities and selection criteria.

The position is temporary contract until 2nd August 2024. Our team is located at Westmead with flexible and hybrid working arrangements available. Part-time can be considered for the right candidate.


NCIRS is the leading organisation in Australia in immunisation and vaccines that provides expert advice to support evidence-informed immunisation policy and guideline development, evaluation of immunisation programs, particularly the National Immunisation Program, and the monitoring of vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine coverage and factors impacting uptake, and vaccine safety. NCIRS has national and international recognition in this arena and has a growing program of international work, focused on providing technical support for immunisation system strengthening to countries in the Indo-Pacific region. 
NCIRS is a collaborative team of experts in public health, biostatistics, infectious diseases, paediatrics, internal medicine, epidemiology, communication, social science and quantitative and qualitative research and survey methods. 
The Centre is based within the Division of Research of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Westmead Campus, NSW, Australia, but has an all-age research remit and is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and Health and the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases (Sydney ID) at the University of Sydney. NCIRS is funded primarily by the Australian Government and NSW Government, as well as via grants from WHO, Gavi, and research granting bodies.

  1. Tertiary qualification/s in a health-related field or communications, or equivalent work experience or combination of study and work experience.
  2. Knowledge and experience in Indigenous Health, with knowledge of immunisation and vaccine- preventable diseases in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and an understanding of the broader health issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are desirable.
  3. Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification for the above position and is authorised under Section 14D of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

In this role Aboriginality  is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimation Act 1997

SCHN is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity - we acknowledge the vibrancy that a diverse workforce brings to enhance both our workplace culture and our service delivery to children, young people and their families and carers. We encourage all suitably qualified applicants to apply. If you identify as an Indigenous Australian or as a person with a disability, please contact us if you would like some more information about our recruitment process.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. We recognise the value of Aboriginal staff providing health care to Aboriginal children and families that access the services we provide at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Aboriginal job applicants are encouraged to visit the NSW Health Aboriginal Recruitment tool, Stepping Up to assist in preparing your application.                                   

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course (2 doses) of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health, or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (IM011 immunisation medical exemption form) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.

Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Need more information?
1) Click here for the Position Description
2) Find out more about applying for this position

For role related queries or questions contact Carol Corbett on

If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander wishing to apply for this role and want to speak with an Aboriginal person/representative from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network please contact Wayne Dargan on 0486012545.

For technical support please contact the customer services team on 1300 679 367 and select option 3.

Applications Close: 1/10/2023

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