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External Relations and Policy Advisor
  • Contribute to health policy and analysis
  • Monitor the policy and political landscape and synthesise to inform organisational decision making.
  • Full time, maximum term contract until 30 June 2021

Our mission

Independent, evidence-based and not-for-profit, we help people make the best decisions about medicines and other medical choices to achieve better health and economic outcomes.

We provide consumers and health professionals with practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests. Our vision is to be an innovative change leader, trusted for our objective, collaborative and evidence-based approach to medicines and other medical choices.

Who we’re looking for

We believe it's important to be excellent at what we do and to recognise the skills and experience we all bring. Together we create an energy that values these different skill sets. Our people are passionate about our mission and are invested in our values, so you should be too. We believe that cultural fit is essential to success. These are our values, and they influence how we work together and how we reward our people:

Courage - we have the courage to think and do things differently for a better future.
Customer centricity - we meet the needs of our customers by listening, responding to feedback and adding value.
Collaboration - we seek connections, share learnings and help each other succeed.
Integrity - we are ethical, honest, transparent and open-minded.
Accountability - we do what we say we will do.

What you’ll be doing

An exciting opportunity has come up for an influential policy advisor with experience working in a similar role to join the Corporate Affairs and Communication team. In this role you will be responsible for coordinating and supporting our external policy processes, providing policy insights to the organisation, sector environmental scanning and analysis, as well as supporting internal and external stakeholder engagement and management to drive improved collaboration and engagement.

What you will need

  • At least 3-5 years relevant experience in a similar role.
  • Excellent policy analysis skills and a demonstrable knowledge of policy processes and levers, particularly within the health sector.
  • Influential communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Relationship management skills, including the ability to manage the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Development of key stakeholder and external relationship plans.
  • Experience in maintaining stakeholder networks.
  • Excellent project management, time management and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with a strong solution-focused approach.
  • A degree in social science, health policy, public health, business, strategy, communications or other relevant field.
  • Knowledge of the health sector and, ideally, the current political environment.

What we offer

  • Salary packaging
  • WorkLife Balance days (available after an initial qualifying period)
  • Extra leave during Christmas and New Year
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Training and Professional Development opportunities
  • Discounted health insurance
  • Annual flu vaccinations
  • Workplace banking program 
  • Employee assistance program

Help make Australia more medicinewise.

For a full position description which outlines the specific role requirements and to see why NPS MedicineWise is such a great place to work, please visit:

We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce and we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

Contact: Bronwyn Walker on (02) 8217 8784 for more information.

No agencies please.

You must be eligible to work in Australia. If you are successful for this role, you will be required to conduct pre-employment checks, including a Criminal History Check.

Job Ref: DA000162
Submitted: 09-11-2018

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