We are hiring – Policy Officer

We are seeking a motivated and talented Policy Officer to join our small, dynamic team.


  • Job type: Full-time, 12-month contract 
  • Location: Sydney (Camperdown) or Brisbane (Woolloongabba) – we have offices in both locations
  • Reports to: Chief Executive 


The Policy Officer will support policy work and projects that enable the Academy to deliver an ambitious policy agenda over the coming months. Our policy work tackles topics including the future health of the nation, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and health, and the need for Australia to further embed research and translation in health. 

About the role

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Policy Officer will support and coordinate aspects of the Academy’s high impact policy projects on key health and medical research issues. The Academy’s elected Fellows represent Australia’s best researchers and innovators in health and medical science – they contribute to a range of projects, programs and events. As Australia’s newest Learned Academy, AAHMS has grown in influence over the past few years. The Policy Officer will have the opportunity to shape the Academy’s policy work and our role in informing government policy. Policy work is delivered by the Policy Officer alongside the Academy’s Policy Manager and the CEO. Projects include consultation responses, roundtable meetings, workshops/symposia and longer-term projects led by expert working groups.

The Policy Officer will contribute to all phases of policy work, from conception and scoping; through to delivery, research and drafting; and onto dissemination and follow-up. They will have excellent interpersonal and organisation skills, with a demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and projects to meet short and long term deadlines. They will have knowledge of the Australian health, research and innovation landscape, and will be familiar with policy issues currently facing the sector. They will ideally have experience of policy analysis on relevant issues, e.g. in a scientific, medical, health or higher education setting. The successful candidate must be comfortable working closely with senior academics and health professionals.

We have offices in both Sydney and Brisbane, meaning the successful candidate could work in either location. 

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Catherine Luckin, CEO: [email protected]

How to apply

Applicants should provide the following:

  • Up to date CV with contact details of at least two referees.
  • A cover letter of not more than three pages including a statement to explain how the candidate meets the key eligibility criteria.


Please download the Position Description for more information on this role and how to apply.

Applications should be sent via email to [email protected] and must be received by 09.00am AEDT on Thursday 8 December 2022.

We anticipate that interviews will take place in mid-January.

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