Senior Policy Advisor | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Australian Physiotherapy Association


  • Camberwell (VIC) or Canberra (ACT) location
  • 4 Days a week (.8 FTE) flexibility negotiable
  • Great supportive team environment

The Senior Advisor – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (ATSIH) is responsible for the development and implementation of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health policy and advocacy initiatives, including the implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan (2021-23), Physiotherapy Cultural Safety Action Plan and our involvement in the Close the Gap (CtG) Campaign.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of over 28,000 physiotherapists in Australia. It does so by advocating for access to quality physiotherapy services, providing leadership in the wider health landscape, creating lifelong learning opportunities for members, and promoting the value of physiotherapy to the community.

The APA is proud to have a great working culture that is under pinned by our core values: Professional, Excellence, United, Community minded and Visionary.  

About the role

  • Develop policy and co-design strategies and programs in Aboriginal health, cultural awareness, cultural safety and research
  • support the building and maintaining of meaningful, respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and their organisations, including our involvement in the CtG Campaign
  • Provide Secretariat services for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC)
  • Lead the development of the APA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health policy work with the Board and ATSIHC including in developing a Cultural Safety Action Plan for the profession
  • Manage the implementation of the APA’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP),
  • support the Policy Team in Government Relations and Advocacy, establish networks, develop strategies and build policy support among key Aboriginal, Government and professional stakeholders
  • Liaise and represent the APA as directed
  • support the logistics for meetings of the APA National Advisory Council (NAC)
  • Develop a professional support network for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander members
  • Create networks and Professional Development opportunities for APA members in Aboriginal health.

Your attributes and experience

  • Demonstrated ability to genuinely engage with Aboriginal physiotherapists, Aboriginal people, and Communities,
  • Skills in maintaining the APA’s register of external representatives and meeting reports
  • Ability to juggle other tasks as directed by the General Manager, Policy and Government Relations.
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of health policy, especially in the improvement in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Knowledge of Australia’s health system and Government
  • Good computer skills particularly using the Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in team work, including the ability to communicate proactively in a clear, open and honest manner
  • Demonstrated ability to take a ‘solutions-focused’ approach to work activities, including managing ambiguity in a positive way
  • Good organisational skills, including an eye for detail and accuracy, and the discipline of following through on tasks until they are complete
  • The ability to structure and execute a self-development plan

If you are interested in the role please forward your resume and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria by clicking the apply button.

The APA is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applications from people with culturally diverse backgrounds.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. – APPLY HERE

All candidates must have full Australian Working Rights.

Only those successful in the selection process will be contacted.


April 6, 2021

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Posted by: Renae Kilmister