36831 - 01KE5

Assistant Director, Media
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 20 June 2019

Classification: Senior Officer Grade B
Salary: $124,891 - $140,596
Position No: 36831 - 01KE5
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 13 June 2019
Contact Officer: Charlotte Harper on charlotte.harper@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 9526

Canberra Heath Services is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.
Canberra Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.
Canberra Health Services is committed to the delivery of person and family centred, safe and high quality care in a sustainable health system. This will be achieved with key strategic priorities for CHS which includes ensuring the delivery of Canberra Health Service’s Quality Strategy and government priorities, and aligning them with ACT Health’s Territory Wide Services Framework.
The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.
Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health Services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities.
Canberra Health Services is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.
Overview of the Work Area and Position
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, safe, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400, 000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.
CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Three Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.
The Communications and Government Relations Unit leads and directs strategic communications, engagement and marketing activities that support CHS to achieve its goals.
The unit manages and responds to a high volume of high profile media enquiries in relation to health issues affecting the community. The branch’s ministerial and government services team also provides operational support to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, the Minister for Mental Health and the ACT Government.
The unit also:
  • Develops, implements and evaluates internal and external communication strategies, including behavioural change campaigns, social and digital strategies
  • Manages the delivery of a range of communications channels. We brief suppliers, agencies and internal stakeholders to implement and monitor our communication
  • Works closely with research agencies to design and manage research for communication strategies and activities
  • Develops brand strategies, uphold the ACT Government brand guidelines, and advise on co-branding and logo requests
  • Provides advice about and support community engagement plans
  • Manages the CHS brand and develops strategies and guidelines to maintain and enhance its reputation.
Working under limited direction, the Media Manager reports to the Director, Communications and Government Relations Unit, and manages the busy media hub through proactive and reactive strategies and liaison across CHS.
Eligibility/Other Requirements
  • Tertiary qualifications in Journalism or a relevant field are highly desirable.
  • Graded Journalist and/or experience in a ministerial or parliamentary office are highly desirable.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
This position is a temporary full-time position for a period of seven months.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.


This position is a temporary full-time position for a period of seven months.

Career interest categories:

Administration and Governance
Communications, Media and Marketing
Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services
Leaders and Senior Management