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Principal Practice Educator


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About This Opportunity

A unique and exciting opportunity exists for Principal Practice Educators to be appointed into a new dedicated interprofessional practice education team. The Principal Practice Educators will make a significant contribution to ensuring our students have excellent practice learning experiences. These roles will be responsible for facilitating students’ learning in practice, including practice-based learning in a variety of uni-professional and interprofessional learning environments, which may include simulation labs.

Practice Educators will support or provide direct supervision to students on placement and support assessment. They will contribute to preparing students for placement and evaluating placement experiences. Liaising with placement providers will be a key role and building relationships and capacity.

Principal Educators will also undertake placement administrative tasks, liasing with placement, visiting organisations to maintain and expand placement opportunities. As a member of the interprofessional team they will participate in and facilitate interprofessional learning and instruction for students. This role liaises with the Practice Education/ Instruction Manager, Course Coordinators, Program Leads, Clinical Academics, Student Administration, Technicians, and stakeholders to coordinate practice learning.

Further key duties and responsibilities are listed in the position description.

This position is located at any UQ campus. The role will require travel to practice sites where students undertake simulation and practice placement.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

The School is a leader in the study of nursing, midwifery, social work and counselling, demonstrating excellence through innovative, creative, and dynamic teaching and research, in a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and engaging environment.

In the most recent Shanghai rankings (2020) by subject area nursing/midwifery, University of Queensland (UQ) was ranked 2nd in Australia and 4thin the World. In the most recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) ratings UQ received the maximum rating of 5 (“Well above World Standard”) in Nursing, including midwifery and Social Work. UQ was the only Australian University to achieve that rating in the discipline of social work.

Further details about the School and its activities may be accessed on the School’s web site at https://nmsw.uq.edu.au.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will be passionate about student learning in practice and contributing to educating the next generation of the nursing and midwifery workforce. You will possess a degree in either nursing, midwifery and/or social work with evidence of continuous professional development. You will be clinically current and possess excellent practice skills. You will also have the opportunity to leverage recent industry experience and knowledge of the health and social work sector to deliver current evidence-based approaches, guidance and supervision in the area of practical based education. You will have demonstrated ability to positively develop and manage strong working relationships with external and internal stakeholders across a wide client base.

You will have recent supervisory skills of practice education students including but not limited to supervision, educational evaluation, instructing in a variety of learning environments (including simulation) and contributing towards assessment. You will have experience and sound skills in using software packages to support reporting, stakeholder management and program functions. You will have excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate, communicate and report back to various stakeholders across the School, University and external providers. An understanding of the demands and opportunities within a complex and multidisciplinary practice and/or interprofessional teaching environment and previous experience managing and prioritising these tasks effectively is also essential.

It is a requirement of this position that you hold and maintain a full professional qualification that means you are eligible for registration as a nursing and/or midwife with AHPRA. For social work you must be eligible for registration for PACFA, ACA or the AASW.

It is a requirement of this position that prior to commencement that you hold and maintain a current blue card.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au.

What We Can Offer

A variety of employment opportunities exist:

  • Full-time, fixed term opportunity for up to 18 months (nursing and midwifery).
  • Full-time for part of the year (part year Semester 1 [13 weeks] and 2 [13 weeks]) for 18 months (nursing and midwifery)
  • Part-time (0.88FTE) fixed-term for 18 months (social work).

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $88,763.14 - $96,783.71 plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be in the range $103,852 - $113,236.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description



To discuss this role please contact:

Nursing – Dr Marion Tower

Midwifery – Professor Tracy Humphrey

Social Work – Professor Karen Healy

For application queries, please contact recruitment@uq.edu.au stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria (maximum 2 pages)
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQCareers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates may be interviewed prior to the job closing date. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. The University of Queensland reserves the right to close this application process early.