In Brief

Employer: Polio Australia
Sector: Not For Profit (NFP)
Work Type: 3 Year Contract, Full Time (New Position)
Work Areas: Education and Training, Health Care and Allied Health, Health Promotion
Applications close: 5:00 pm, 28 July 2017


  • Location is Australia-wide
  • Extensive travel throughout Australia
  • Small, Passionate and Dynamic Team

About Polio Australia

Polio Australia is a small but active not-for-profit organisation, and the national peak body representing polio survivors throughout Australia. Its Board comprises two representatives from each of the six Australian State Polio Networks, plus two independent directors.

Polio Australia is committed to standardising quality polio information and service provision across Australia to ensure that all polio survivors have access to appropriate health care and the support required to maintain independence and make informed life choices.

Program Description and Objectives

Polio Australia has received funding under the Federal Department of Health’s Primary Health Care Development Program: Primary Health Collaboration and Complex Conditions (PHC&CC) Program, commencing July 2017. The Primary Health Care Development Program provides funding to support activities that improve access to quality primary health and medical services in the community.

The PHC&CC Objective is to help people living with chronic and complex conditions maintain good health and quality of life by supporting primary health care organisations and health care providers to improve care and collaboration.

Polio Australia’s Activity is to establish a national pilot of the Late Effects of Polio (LEoP) Clinical Practice Workshop Program to support best-practice care for Australia’s post-polio population.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Under the PHC&CC Agreement, the Clinical Health Educator is required to:

  • Establish a LEoP Clinical Practice Workshop Program to deliver training nationally to clinicians/health professionals over a three year pilot period;
  • Develop and prepare Workshop resources and presentations relating to the LEoP and Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS);
  • Conduct two Workshop Series (one x 5 days Metropolitan Series / one x 5 days Regional Series) across each state/territory, each year of the three year period – equating to 60 half-day LEoP Clinical Practice Workshops;
  • Schedule other complementary training activities for the health care sector across each state/territory;
  • Promote the Workshop Series through the Polio Australia websites and other available avenues; and
  • Undertake an evaluation of the LEoP Clinical Practice Workshops Program, providing outcomes and recommendations to the DoH.

Additional Duties:

  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with professional peak health organisations to determine how Polio Australia can offer professional development to their members, and to create opportunities for promoting professional development activities through relevant publications and websites;
  • Liaise with Primary Health Networks and Community Health service providers to promote, schedule and deliver clinical practice workshops;
  • Contribute to the maintenance of Polio Australia’s Health Professional website containing educational resources and a ‘Post-Polio Health Professional Register’;
  • Manage the contractual arrangements and reporting requirements of relevant funding agreements, including working to strict budgetary allocations;
  • Prepare papers and reports for Polio Australia Board meetings and AGM’s; and
  • Other duties as agreed with the National Program Manager and Board.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Relevant clinical or education post-registration qualification/s in one of the following allied health disciplines:
    • Physiotherapy
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Clinical Osteopathy;
  • Post-registration experience in rehabilitation environment;
  • Demonstrated clinical teaching and facilitation skills;
  • Exceptional verbal and creative writing skills;
  • Understanding of teaching and learning in the health care environment;
  • Commitment to a high standard of care;
  • Professional-standard written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with problem-solving ability;
  • High-level computer literacy, including website maintenance;
  • Ability to think and operate ‘creatively’ with limited resources;
  • Self-starter, with a high degree of initiative and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a small team; and
  • Current Australian Driver’s Licence.
Highly Regarded
  • Current registration with AHPRA;
  • Knowledge of the Late Effects of Polio; and
  • Clinical experience of people ageing with a disability.


How to Apply for This Position

Are you a qualified allied health practitioner seeking a new challenge? Please email your resume and cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria to: [email protected] (please use the title “Clinical Health Educator application via Polio Australia website” on your email if you don’t click this link).

More information about Polio Australia can be found on this site and at

Click here to download the complete Position Description at left.

To discuss the position please contact: Maryann Liethof, National Program Manager, on 03 9016 7678.

Applications close at 5:00 pm on Friday 28 July 2017.