Infectious Diseases Mentor

10 months full time contract until based in Dili – Timor LesteAbout Menzies:Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving Indigenous, global and tropical health. Menzies has a history of over 30 years of scientific discovery and public health achievement. Menzies works at the frontline, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across Northern and Central Australia.About the position:The Menzies Global and Tropical Health (GTH) Division is committed to tackling key areas of public health concern that impact on the health and wellbeing of people and communities across northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. With a focus on translational research we shape our research program through close collaboration with a diverse range of healthcare providers, policy makers and researchers, to target priority health issues. Our aim is to find meaningful and relevant ways to improve the health of people in our region. Menzies has recently opened an office in Dili, Timor-Leste. Two main projects, STRONG TL and the Fleming Fund Country Grant for Timor-Leste are being conducted through the office under a Memorandum of Understanding between Menzies and the Ministry of Health, along with other smaller projects and partnerships running concurrently.The focus of the Fleming Fund Country Grant for Timor-Leste is strengthening the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) surveillance systems and antimicrobial consumption (AMC) data capture in both the human and animal health sectors. The project will facilitate a stronger One Health approach to surveillance, bringing together multi-sectoral stakeholders to share surveillance data and gain a better understanding of AMR, AMU and AMC.The Surveillance Training, Research Opportunities and National Guidelines for improving communicable disease control in Timor-Leste (STRONG TL) project has resulted in important gains in capacity for disease recognition, diagnosis and surveillance, as well as operational and implementation research. In the context of the current COVID-19 epidemic globally, the Timor-Leste MOH have requested additional assistance for country preparedness and response from international partners including Menzies.The Infectious Diseases mentor will provide mentorship and education in clinical settings including National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV) and referral hospitals. Teaching will be focused on the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, with specific focus on antimicrobial resistance, appropriate antimicrobial use, and clinical management considerations for COVID-19. The mentor will provide direct supervision for two infectious diseases / microbiology liaison doctors and will help to contribute to stronger relationships between clinical and laboratory services, especially at HNGV. In addition to teaching and mentoring, the role will contribute to operational and health systems research activities in Timor-Leste.This position will be based in Dili, Timor Leste, with some requirement for travel to referral hospitals in other municipalities for up to a week at a time, once every month.The Infectious Diseases Mentor will:Provide mentoring and teaching for doctors working at HNGV, focused on infectious diseases, with specific attention to antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial use, and COVID-19Supervise infectious diseases / microbiology liaison doctors employed by Menzies to work at HNGV, and mentor them in their rolesStrengthen relationships and coordination between HNGV, NHL and the surveillance department of the Ministry of Health, particularly with regards to utilisation of diagnostic microbiology services and notification of notifiable diseases.Contribute to the development and implementation of antibiotic guidelines and antimicrobial stewardship policy.Contribute to relevant, approved Menzies research projects, focused on antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial use, and COVID-19.Assist the Project Leads with reporting requirements for funders, collaborators, and internal Menzies purposes.The successful applicant will have:Medical Practitioner with specialist qualifications or other evidence of training in Infectious Diseases.Proven experience in clinical education and mentoring.Thorough understanding of the issues that affect health in low-resource settings, and the factors that influence antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use specifically.Demonstrated understanding of the role and contribution of diagnostic microbiology services to clinical management of infectious diseases.Ability to communicate and interact effectively with people from diverse cultures and educational background.Demonstrated initiative, good judgement and strong problem-solving skills.Demonstrated capacity to work independently without direct supervision, under broad direction and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.Experience of maintaining good organisational and time management skills and proven ability to meet deadlines.Hold or be able to obtain a National Police Clearance certificateAbility to travel to referral hospitals in other municipalities for up to a week at a time, once every month.Contact: Dr Josh Francis on +61 (0) 423 528 381 or josh.francis@menzies.edu.auWhat we offer:6 weeks annual leaveOption to increase super to 14%Closing date: Sunday, 26 July 2020 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit www.menzies.edu.au/careers or phone 08 8946 8626.   PD_Infectious Diseases Mentor 94000 AUD Dili