Chief Occupational Physician

Location: Brisbane
Job Type: Contract/Temp
Salary: 151000 - 300000
Contact: Rachelle Farquharson - Manager, Workforce Attraction
Email: email Rachelle
Reference: DNRM - Chief Occupational Physician

The Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) is responsible for promoting, improving and regulating the safety and health of workers in the mining, explosives, petroleum and gas industries in Queensland. This is an opportunity to make a difference for someone with clinical experience and skills in the provision of specialist medical, technical and policy advice to the department on health surveillance, health assessments and emerging health issues.  This role will suit a motivated and experienced practitioner with an interest in the delivery of effective surveillance and health screening programs. Your expertise and experience in occupational and environmental medicine will also help build capacity and deliver ongoing training for medical practitioners engaged to conduct occupational health assessments for resources industry workers.  You will work closely with a dedicated team of professionals involved in implementing best practice screening and surveillance systems for the early detection of respiratory health conditions such as mine dust lung disease.

Work Arrangements - This role is being offered as a three year contract and is available as a full-time or part-time arrangement, based in Brisbane. Continuation of private practice arrangements can be supported.  Please contact us for more information on minimum requirements for this role and contact hours expected in this role.

Salary – negotiable and will include base salary, superannuation (12.75%), leave loading, vehicle allowance and professional development leave and allowances.

Mandatory requirements

  • You must be legally entitled to work in Australia, with an Australian Citizenship, Permanent Residency or valid work permit.
  • Full and unconditional registration as a specialist medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, including maintenance of Continuing Professional Development with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine or international equivalent.

It is desirable that you have demonstrated

  • Knowledge and experience establishing health surveillance policy frameworks and technical standards.
  • Knowledge and experience of best-practice respiratory health surveillance. 
  • Experience in the mining, oil and gas industries or other heavy industry.
  • Experience in a large organisation environment - government agency, military or large corporation.
  • At least 2 years practice as a specialist occupational physician.

In this role you will be required to 

  • Provide input into training, as well as specialist medical and technical advice to medical and health practitioners conducting health surveillance and health assessments in resources industry workers.
  • Provide medical, technical, policy advice and support to the Resources Safety and Health business group, including the Mine Safety and Health Directorate, the Inspectorate, the Health Surveillance Unit and the Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme team and other occupational health initiatives.
  • Identify, analyse and communicate emerging health issues and trends by monitoring Queensland and international mining industry health surveillance data, published medical research and other technical reports.
  • Advise departmental officers, including the Director-General, Deputy Director-General, Commissioner, Chief Inspectors and Executive Director of Mine Safety and Health on health issues.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of occupational health policies administered by the department. 
  • Liaise with government agencies, specialist medical colleges and faculties; and other resource industry organisations and stakeholders involved in occupational health in the resources industry.
  • As a functional leader of occupational and environmental medicine for the department provide leadership and guidance to medical and health professionals and specialist departmental and government staff as required.

The successful candidate will

  • Build strategic professional relationships with multiple contacts in other organisations for the long term benefit of the department (teamwork and collaboration)
  • Brief on highly complex issues, provide authoritative technical reports and advice to senior levels of the department and senior external stakeholders (communication)
  • Provide guidance and expert advice to others in the development and understanding of policy (policy and governance)
  • Actively seek out and promote opportunities to collaborate and engage with industry and the sector (client engagement).
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge of standards, legislation, policies and procedures relevant to the role (technical expertise)
  • Build and sustain professional relationships to enrich intelligence network and develop effective working relationships with professional peers (technical expertise).

About the Department of Natural Resources and Mines

At DNRM, we value every employee for their unique contribution and we actively support their health and wellbeing. We are committed to a more diverse workplace that welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women in leadership roles, people with a disability and people from a non-English speaking background.  

We keep everybody safe and well, in a culturally inclusive environment where diversity, positive behaviours and innovation are valued.

We are committed to providing culturally responsive services and a creating an inclusive workplace where our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees thrive–we want to support your talent and ideas and develop your skills and experience.

We can provide qualified interpreting services for applicants who are hearing impaired or have difficulties communicating in English.

To apply for the position, click on apply above to submit your resume and a 1 page cover letter outlining your skills and experience in relation to this role.  Applications close – 22 September 2017

For further information, contact Rachelle Farquharson on 07 3333 5179 or email