Secondment Program - Policy Analyst

Canberra, ACT |

Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Secondment Program

The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care seeks to pursue the creation of a system where health care is funded and delivered with a prime focus on outcomes achieved at an affordable cost for patients and the health system. The Centre aims:

  • To increase knowledge and understanding of the principles of value-based health care;
  • To build the skills required to successfully implement value-based health care;
  • To influence public policy to enable the transition to value-based health care, focused on outcomes and patient-centred models of care and supported by innovative funding models;
  • To curate and share best practice examples, theory and research on value-based health care; and
  • To be recognised as the Australian thought leadership organisation for value-based health care.

The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Secondment Program provides a rewarding and challenging opportunity for a high-achieving individual from a member or partner organisation to temporarily join the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care for a 6-month period with the option of a further 6-month extension to undertake a strategic program of work.

The Secondment Program has been designed to build leadership and knowledge in the areas of value-based health care and policy advocacy. It will provide opportunities for learning through introduction to a different working culture and exposure to new ideas, new contacts and diverse approaches to policy-making and the challenges and practicalities of advocating for policy and process change.

Secondments can be used for a range of purposes including providing career and professional development opportunities. The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Secondment Program also offers member and partner organisations the opportunity to make a significant and important contribution to the development of the work of the Centre.

Position Description:

Working in consultation with the AHHA senior leadership team and Australian Centre for Value Based Health Care Advisory Group, the Policy Analyst will undertake an agreed strategic program of work which reflects the objectives of the Centre. This may involve identifying and contributing to the Centre’s responses and written submissions on a variety of health policy, system and budgetary consultation processes.

Key Duties:

In line with the identified program of work:

  • Identify policy issues and consultation processes, undertake analyses and prepare written submissions
  • Contribute to, and/or support health research policy projects undertaken by the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care
  • Assist the development of discussion papers, positions statements and submissions
  • Support and maintain constructive relationships with members, government departments, and other stakeholders

Required Skills:

This role is targeted at EL1 or high-performing APS6 (or equivalent)


  • A strong interest in and understanding of the principles of value-based health care or willingness and ability to develop this through professional engagement in this program
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the structure, funding, operation and political context of the Australian health system
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to engage effectively with a broad range of groups including members, stakeholders in government and non-government agencies including being a networker and relationship builder
  • Demonstrated high-level writing skills and strong ability to synthesise and present information and ideas in clear and concise ways
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both autonomously and as part of a small team environment
  • Ability to travel locally and interstate for short periods


  • Demonstrated experience in the analysis of health policy and development of policy responses, including excellent conceptual and analytical capability
  • Demonstrated understanding of government and agency processes at national or state/territory level
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications

To Apply

Send a cover letter to outlining your interest in the role, along with your CV and a letter of support from your employer indicating their willingness to support you and the program and confirming their committment to meet your salary and related costs during the secondment.

Starting date: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Closing date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care
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