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Project Manager - Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme

Employer: Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Health Care & Allied Health, Management, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Canberra & ACT

Job posted on: 12 September, 2019.
Applications close: 27 September, 2019.

The Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme (AHRGWES) seeks to address the maldistribution of the allied health workforce and improve access to allied health services in rural and remote communities. It contributes to the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Rural Health Workforce initiatives by providing targeted supports for the allied health workforce through the implementation of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway (AHRGP).

The AHRGP provides a framework for healthcare providers operating in rural settings to employ new graduates and early career allied health professionals, providing them with intensive support and formal training, and ensuring that safe and high-quality health care is provided to clients. It also exposes early career health professionals to high quality rural health care environments which in turn should increase retention rates.

Project objectives:

The AHRGWES program seeks to meet the following objectives:

  • To establish forty (40) new Allied Health Rural Generalist trainee positions nationally over two years
  • To engage service providers in multiple sectors (health, disability, private sector) to take up rural generalist traineeships
  • To facilitate an accreditation mechanism for the Allied Health Rural Generalist program coursework, working with key stakeholders
  • To establish the requisite organisational structure and intellectual capital to sustain the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway beyond the life of the pilot

About the role:

The primary function of the position is to implement the AHRGWES project, working with the SARRAH CEO, other team members and external stakeholders to achieve project success on time and within budget.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Develop a detailed project plan, guidelines and specifications, obtaining agreement on project requirements, objectives, external relationships and terms of reference with all stakeholders
  • Establish strong working relationships with key external stakeholders to support collaboration and information exchange that builds on existing relationships and facilitates positive outcomes
  • Provide leadership and coaching to service providers and trainees so that they can effectively implement rural generalist positions
  • Work with key stakeholders to analyse critical change impacts that will influence the project's success and facilitate the development of strategies and tactics to address these
  • Provide expert advice on the impact that proposed solutions will have for the project’s success and for the national implementation of the AHRGP
  • Manage the day to day project activities, communications and risk management
  • Other relevant duties as required by the CEO


  • High level project management skills
  • Oral and written communication skills of a high order
  • Ability to operate effectively with limited supervision
  • High level strategic analysis, implementation and professional judgement
  • High level resource management, leadership and development skills
  • High level conceptual and analytical skills
  • Well-developed information technology skills

Selection criteria:

  • Relevant qualifications in an allied health discipline, current AHPRA registration and/or eligibility for membership with the relevant professional association
  • Highly developed project management and administrative skills
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and influencing stakeholders, and actioning activities to achieve optimal project outcomes
  • Highly-developed interpersonal, facilitation and negotiation skills with a diverse range of external stakeholders
  • Excellent organisational skills with a capacity to prioritise, achieve business goals, and always work with a customer-focused approach
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to produce high quality written documentation and presentations in a timely manner
  • Capacity and willingness to travel, which may include interstate travel requiring overnight stays in outlying areas

Other requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to operate within and apply the principles of diversity, equity and safety in the workplace consistent with SARRAH’s values and code of conduct.
  • Manage allocated finance and resources efficiently and effectively, including management of an allocated budget, corporate records, intellectual property and personnel records.


Duties, skills and selection criteria are in no particular order of importance.

How to apply for this job

Location: The SARRAH office is located in Canberra but working remotely may be considered for the successful applicant.

To apply for this position you will need to:

  • Provide a covering letter (no more than 2 pages.
  • Address the 7 selection criteria questions (using no more than 500 words per question) and,
  • Attach a copy of your current resume

To submit your application, or if you would like more information about the position please contact Cath Maloney, Acting CEO on 02 6285 4960, 0423 413 614 or via email, using the subject line: Project Manager - Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme application via EthicalJobs.