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Policy Lead

Organisation : Health Justice Australia

Location : Sydney

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Policy & Research

Sector : Health – General, Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 4 Sep, 2019

About the role

About this position
The development of policy informed by these research and partnership activities, and the advocacy for that policy agenda, are critical to our impact improving health and justice outcomes at a systemic level. If you are passionate about bringing together research and practice-based evidence to advance practical, applied policy for lasting impact, then this position is for you.

The position will work with the CEO and other staff in developing Health Justice Australia’s policy agenda to advance the systemic impact of our work and that of the health justice partnerships we support. Activities include development of policy content and advocacy strategy and the building and maintaining of relationships to support policy advocacy. The Policy Lead is the first dedicated policy role in our evolving team and is ideal for someone with policy and advocacy expertise in areas including but not limited to social determinants of health, access to justice, public health, law, human rights, service innovation or social impact.

Roles and responsibilities

Work with the CEO and colleagues both internally and externally on policy and advocacy activities, including:

  • Advise on and draft and develop policy content, including informed by evidence and practice.
  • Develop advocacy strategy and activities informed by the work of health justice partnerships and the priorities of Health Justice Australia, including discussion papers, submissions and other content.
  • Convene consultative processes including roundtables and other activities to identify different and shared agendas and build momentum across a range of actors working towards systems change.
  • Develop, maintain and nurture relationships and liaise with internal and external stakeholders across a range of constituencies including communities, service providers, government agencies and others.
  • Work collaboratively with Health Justice Australia colleagues to advance the organisation’s theory of change across all its priorities for impact.
  • Supervise staff and interns in the development of policy and advocacy strategy.
  • Attend consultative and other meetings, conferences and seminars and represent Health Justice Australia as required.
  • Other duties as directed and required.

Essential criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of the social determinants of health, legal need and justice issues.
  • Capable of developing strategy and implementing activities to advance evidence and practice-based policy outcomes.
  • Highly developed communication skills including a demonstrated ability to communicate confidently, persuasively, sensitively and articulately to a range of audiences on matters relevant to Health Justice Australia’s identified strategic priorities both in person and in writing.
  • Ability to contribute to Health Justice Australia activities and respond flexibly to changing work demands.
  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking, political awareness, sound judgement and creative problem-solving, including ability to distil, consider and promote Health Justice Australia priorities and activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and analyse policy-relevant research, and synthesise this research into complex policy advice.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising quality of work.
  • Well-developed relationship management skills, with a capacity to ensure that various stakeholder interests are recognised and managed positively and professionally.
  • A bachelor degree or higher in public health, social science, law or a related discipline.
  • Commitment to the values of social justice, and a genuine interest in and awareness of the challenges of improving outcomes for clients vulnerable to complex needs.

Desirable criteria

  • Skills and experience in human-centred design
  • Government relations and existing relationships of influence
  • Skills and experience in working in collaboration and/or towards systems change.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Health Justice Australia

About health justice partnerships

Health justice partnerships (HJPs) are collaborations to embed legal help into healthcare services and teams. They have formed in response to a growing body of evidence that shows there are groups of people who are vulnerable to intersecting legal and health problems, commonly compounded by broader disadvantage, but who are unlikely to turn to legal services for solutions. And yet legal solutions can address social issues or determinants – such as housing, money issues, employment, and family safety and stability – that in turn impact upon health and wellbeing.

About Health Justice Australia

Health Justice Australia is a national charity established in 2016 as a centre of excellence for health justice partnership. Health Justice Australia supports the expansion and effectiveness of health justice partnerships and works to change service systems to improve health and justice outcomes through:

  • Research: Developing and translating knowledge that is valued by practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and funders
  • Practice: Building the capability of health, legal and other practitioners to work collaboratively, including through brokering, mentoring and facilitating partnerships
  • Policy advocacy: Working to reform policy settings, service design and funding, informed by the experience of people coming through health justice partnerships, and their practitioners.

How to apply for this role

Position Description : HJA Policy Lead_Pro Bono Aus

  • Email with the subject ‘HJA Policy Lead via Pro Bono Australia”; include a letter addressing your skills and capabilities against the roles and responsibilities (3 pg max) and a CV outlining experience against the essential and desirable criteria (3 pg max).
  • For a confidential discussion, please contact Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO –  (02) 8316 0516 or 
  • Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 4 September 2019


Please quote in application: Policy Lead via Pro Bono Australia.


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