First listed on: 28 July 2020


Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit organisation focused on achieving better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions.

Since 1986, Burnet has linked discovery-oriented, medical research with practical action to help solve devastating global health problems that affect the most vulnerable. This sets us apart from other organisations. Institute-wide interdisciplinary health programs - Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Disease Elimination; Behaviours and Health Risks, and Health Security - are at the heart of our daily decision-making. The Institute's highly diverse skill base of laboratory and field research, and technical expertise, is fostered across cross cutting disciplines of Life Sciences, Public Health and International Development.

Whilst our headquarters is in Melbourne, Australia, we also have offices in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, and are actively involved in research and public health programs throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Africa. Burnet is the only unaligned organisation in Australia that has dual accreditation with both the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).



An exciting opportunity exists for two registrar training positions in public health medicine to join our Public Health Discipline as part of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) advanced training program. Commencing in February 2021, funding is available to support two positions until January 2022. Applicants considering part time training are welcome to apply.

The training will provide trainees with experience in the practice of public health medicine in appropriately supervised and supported environments. Trainees acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes of a public health physician by completing, with guidance from regional education coordinators, supervisors, and mentors, placement in a variety of public health activities.

The training program consists of four key rotations:

  1. Management of Complex Chronic Disease in a Community Setting
  2. Indigenous Health and Health Practice in Remote Communities
  3. Surveillance and Public Health Program Evaluation
  4. Public Health Research

The specific structure of the Trainees program will be modified depending on the trainee’s interests, current public health projects and the requirements of the AFPHM Advanced Training Program.

These positions are accredited training positions in Public Health Medicine as part of the AFPHM Advanced Training Program. As such the trainee must comply with the learning requirements of the AFPHM as outlined in the Public Health Medicine Handbook (available on the RACP website).

Refer to the attached position description for full details.



The successful incumbent will have:

  • General medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • MPH degree (or equivalent degree) that satisfies the AFPHM compulsory core discipline areas or current enrolment in a Master of Public Health course at the time of application
  • At least three years post graduate medical experience (which may include one year of full-time study toward a Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Interest in public health, infectious diseases, epidemiology
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail and understanding of the importance of producing quality data

The following experience is preferable:

  • Experience in working in community-based settings
  • Experience in working with vulnerable and marginalised populations
  • Capacity to spend time in rural and regional Victoria and international locations
  • Report writing skills

Benefit from ongoing support, a monthly accrued day off for full time staff and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not-for-profit organisation. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity, inclusion and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.



Click here to apply for this position and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (as outlined above and in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on 12th August 2020.

As part of our commitment to gender equity, we have included a question in the application process on gender. This will allow us to monitor and report on gender in relation to our recruitment process.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant will be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or National Police Check.

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