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Father Frank Flynn Fellowship - Health Economics

Menzies School of Health Research - Darwin, NT

Education, Childcare & Training
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Fixed-term, 3 year contract

About Menzies:

As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into real change through effective partnerships in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

About the Position:

The Father Frank Flynn Fellowship was established in 1989 to build leadership and capacity in priority areas of health research pertinent to the Northern Territory. The Fellowship recognises the work of Father Frank Flynn, who spent over 50 years addressing eye disease in the Northern Territory.

Menzies School of Health Research, in partnership with the NT Government, is undertaking a competitive recruitment process to attract a suitably qualified senior researcher who is capable of ground breaking research to deliver the following:

  • Conduct high-quality multi-disciplinary research, research training and/or public health education with a focus on remote and tropical health and improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
  • Advance the local, national and international application of research findings to improve health and wellbeing of Territorians.
  • Contribute to policy discussions and planning processes which will improve the health and wellbeing of Territorians.

The Father Frank Flynn Fellow will deliver the following:

  • Develop and lead an overarching health economics research program for Menzies.
  • Build the capacity of the School, working in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, to conduct independent, high-quality economic evaluations.
  • Inform the health economics aspects of relevant research projects across the organisation by collaborating with Chief Investigators and other researchers.
  • Work with NT DoH health economists on collaborative projects that contribute to service review and planning.
  • Secure funding from external funding agencies, including competitive granting bodies and government, industry and philanthropic organisations.
  • Supervise and mentor post-graduate students and junior researchers in the area of health economics.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with health policy-makers within DoH, health planners and practitioners to strengthen and expand the scope of work in health economics and to increase opportunity for research translation.
  • Contribute at a senior level to all aspects of research, including preparation of grant applications, writing research papers and reports, presenting at seminars and conferences, and other knowledge transfer activity.
  • Provide leadership in advancing the research agenda, profile and reputation of Menzies.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in health economics, or economics with demonstrated scholarly excellence in health.
  • Academic excellence and outstanding contribution to research in health economics, with extensive international engagement, evidenced by a strong publication record in leading international journals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of health economic methodology including cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, budget impact and other bespoke analyses, including the ability to interrogate modelling inputs and outputs; prepare analyses and advice for translation of research outcomes to policy and practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong links with government and research leaders, and with policy-makers and health service leaders.
  • Evidence of a substantial track record in obtaining external research grants and/or research contracts.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and ability to both lead and support the writing of reports, journal articles, technical briefs, tenders, proposals and conference presentations in research related to health economics.
  • Demonstrated academic leadership in fostering the academic activities of others and making a significant contribution to the advancement of the discipline.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to work collaboratively, and develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders from various educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds (internal and external).


  • Track record in leading and managing a research unit or team.
  • Active involvement in national health policy debates, particularly in relation to economic issues.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact: Prof Alan Cass on executive@menzies.edu.au or 08 8946 8408.

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $139,055 - $176,824 salary package (including superannuation and salary benefits equivalent to a gross salary $171,165 - $ 215,036 pa, pro-rata.)

Closing date: 8 July 2021

Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8626.

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