Infectious Diseases Mentor

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 effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.The Menzies Global and Tropical Health (GTH) Division is committed to dealing with 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 an office in Dili, Timor-Leste with around 40 Timorese and expatriate staff employed in-country, supporting the delivery of capacity-building and research projects. A number of projects are being conducted through the office under a Memorandum of Understanding between Menzies and the Ministry of Health.SUMMARY OF POSITION:The Infectious Diseases Mentor will provide mentorship and education in clinical settings including Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) and Baucau, Suai, Maubiesse, Oecusse and Maliana municipality referral hospitals in Timor-Leste. Teaching will focus on the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, with specific focus on AMR, appropriate use of antibiotics and the introduction of a blood culture service into the referral hospitals. The mentor will provide direct supervision for two infectious diseases / microbiology liaison doctors, as well as teaching and training for medical officers from the Ministry of Health.The mentor will contribute to stronger relationships between clinical and laboratory services, and encourage the use of diagnostic microbiology tests to guide decision-making in antimicrobial prescribing. In addition to teaching and mentoring, the mentor will contribute to operational and health systems research activities in Timor-Leste.The position will be based in Dili, Timor-Leste with frequent travel to referral hospitals in other municipalities.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:Provide mentoring and teaching for doctors working at HNGV, Baucau Hospital, Suai Hospital, Maubisse Hospital, Oecusse Hospital and Maliana Hospital, focused on infectious diseases, with specific attention to AMR, AMU and the introduction of a blood culture service to the referral hospitals.Supervise infectious diseases / microbiology liaison doctors employed by Menzies, and mentor them in their roles.Strengthen relationships and coordination between clinical departments, laboratory departments 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 AMR, AMU, and other infectious diseases.Assist the Project Leads with reporting requirements for funders, collaborators, and internal Menzies purposes.Any other tasks as reasonably required by the supervisor, Project Leads or Country Manager.An understanding and awareness of relevant Workplace Health and Safety as well as Equal Opportunity principles and legislation along with a commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for all Menzies staff, students, volunteers and visitors.Essential:Registered Medical Practitioner with specialist qualifications in Infectious Diseases or other evidence of postgraduate training in Infectious Diseases.At least five years’ experience in roles that have included 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 contribution of diagnostic microbiology services to clinical management of infectious diseases.Ability to communicate and interact effectively with people from diverse cultures and educational backgrounds.Ability to take initiative, make sound judgements with strong problem-solving skillsDemonstrated capacity to work independently without direct supervision, under broad direction and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.Proven time management skills with ability to meet project deadlines.Proven ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.SPECIAL PROVISONS:Vaccinated against COVID-19 and ability to provide suitable evidence to Human ResourcesWillingness to travel to municipalities (by light aircraft or 4WD) several times per year.Willingness to comply with the Top End Health Services Staff Immunisation Policy and Menzies Timor-Leste Staff Health Guidelines, and provide proof of compliance (e.g. through serology).Ability to obtain and maintain a current Working with Children Check (OCHRE card).Ability to obtain a Criminal History Check / Policy Clearance Certificate.Willingness to undertake a medical examination and ability to obtain clearance to fly to, and live in Timor-Leste.Ability to obtain working rights in Timor-Leste upon arrival.What Menzies Offer:6 weeks annual leaveOption to increase super to 14%Attractive salary package including superannuation and salary packagingContact Name – Karen Champlin karen.champlin@menzies.edu.auClosing date:  Sunday 9th January 2022Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position please visit https://www.menzies.edu.au/page/Careers/Information_for_applicants/To apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description please click this link and click apply or phone 08 8946 8626 PD Infectious Diseases Mentor 98868 AUD Dili