Curtin University of Technology

Curtin University of Technology

Dean, Indigenous Engagement - Faculty of Health Sciences


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Job Reference: 993505 At Curtin we are committed to embedding the voices and perspectives of Indigenous peoples at the forefront of our decision making to create an environment in which everyone thrives.

Curtin University considers that being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA). Therefore, only applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people will be considered.

Your new role A key appointment in our Faculty of Health Sciences, the Dean Indigenous Engagement is instrumental in informing and guiding the faculty on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and engagement, Indigenous staff, and Indigenous student recruitment and success.

Fundamental to the role will be working in partnership with other key leaders across the university including the faculty leadership group, Dean Indigenous roles in other faculties, and other stakeholders to provide advice and support in relation to any aspects of the faculty's operations in which an Indigenous perspective or engagement strategy is required.

Outcomes for the Dean role include:

  • leading the development and implementation of the faculty's Indigenous engagement strategy
  • creating pathway opportunities for Indigenous students to participate and succeed in courses offered by the faculty
  • developing pathway opportunities leading to employment serving Indigenous communities whilst supporting the provision of healthcare in those communities
  • providing input to curriculum development and support and training in Indigenous engagement to academic staff.
  • This role is being offered in a full-time continuing (permanent) capacity. Whilst it is preferable that the successful candidate will possess a PhD, we are focussed on finding the right balance of experience, community engagement and connections and other qualifications.

    For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Professor Adrian North, Pro-Vice Chancellor Health Sciences on 08 9266 9558 or [email protected].

    About us

    Curtin's Faculty of Health Sciences has four academic schools that deliver a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research (HDR) courses. The four academic Schools are Curtin Medical School, Curtin School of Allied Health, Curtin School of Nursing and Curtin School of Population Health. Together, the four schools educate more health professionals than any other Western Australian tertiary institution.

    In addition, we offer an extensive range of clinical services which are accessible to the public, at both Curtin's Perth Campus and in the suburb of Cockburn covering psychology, speech pathology, oral health, physiotherapy, specialised exercise programs, and stuttering clinic.

    We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, bus station, accessible parking and endless food options including a supermarket.

    Aside from the vibrant campus life, we offer more than just a job. We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, and are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

  • Global Excellence: Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings.
  • Rewards Beyond Salary: Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) with cash out options, customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise; as well as Hotel and Health Insurance discounts.
  • Time Well-Spent : Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leave (5 days), Study Leave, and Community Service Leave. Plus 18% more observed days off - e njoy 12 Public Holidays each year (including Easter Tuesday!), and 2 extra University Days over the Christmas/New Year Period (see EBA 51.1 and 51.9).
  • Recognition for Prior Service: Curtin recognises prior service for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be eligible if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.
  • Health and Wellness: Our on-campus Medical Centre prioritises Curtin staff and students. Join Curtin's Healthy Lifestyle Program, with up to 2 hours per week of paid time off to engage in University-approved healthy lifestyle activities. Explore Curtin's wellbeing locations at https: //
  • For more information about our university, please visit www.

    Join us! To apply for the Dean, Indigenous Engagement role, please ensure your application includes:

  • a cover letter
  • a copy of your current CV
  • statement addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role
  • Selection Criteria:

  • An established profile in, and significant contribution to, Indigenous engagement, teaching and research within the higher education sector.
  • Strong affiliations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups and professional organisations.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively initiate, lead and implement strategic initiatives to raise the cultural capability of Non-Indigenous people and fulfil the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be successful in the University.
  • To view a copy of the Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser. https://

    Applications close: Sunday 10 March 2024, 11AM (Boorloo)

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

    Job details


    Dean, Indigenous Engagement - Faculty of Health Sciences


    Curtin University of Technology




    February 12, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 10, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    Curtin University is a future-focused university based in the scenic city of Perth, Australia, with additional campuses in regional Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

    The University is recognised for its strengths in teaching and research innovation, which is reflected in its standing as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate and postgraduate employment, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

    We were established in 1966 as the ‘Western Australian Institute of Technology’, before gaining university status and changing our name to ‘Curtin’ in 1987 in honour of the former Australian Prime Minister.

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