Wednesday, September 07, 2016

I Found This A Very Interesting Job Advertisement From The ADHA. Worth A Close Read.

I spotted this a few days ago.

General Manager, Executive Office

Australian Digital Health Agency 

General Manager, Executive Office

  • Ongoing / permanent role
  • Sydney, Brisbane or Canberra location
Better use of data and technology can help people live healthier, happier and more productive lives. Digital health can make a real difference to people's health by giving them greater control and better access to information.
Tasked with improving health outcomes for Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems and the national digital health strategy for Australia, the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) commenced operations on 1 July 2016.
The Agency is responsible for national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety. Our focus is on putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them.
We have an exciting opportunity for a General Manager Executive Office to join the Office of the CEO to manage high level business support, ensuring the efficient functioning of the Agency.
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, this role will take responsibility for working collaboratively with all areas of the Agency on behalf of the CEO. You will work in partnership with the Senior Communications and Media Lead to support the development of key messaging and detailed communications, support the coordination and delivery of Agency outcomes, coordinate working groups or management teams, provide project management assistance, collate documentation, provide proof reading and editing of documents.
The role is also responsible for identifying and managing business issues that affect the functional and implementation of the Agency and is responsible for the efficient delivery of information to parliamentary services from a whole of Agency perspective.
Accountabilities in this role:
  • Provide direct support to the CEO on a wide range of matters including but not limited to: coordination and review of papers, briefings, minutes and reports, collation, review and coordination of executive responses and reporting, assistance with chairing of meetings, and high level liaison and coordination both internally and externally.
  • Provide governance support to the CEO as well as strategic direction to each of Executives, coordinates the day to day management of Agency as a whole including human resources support, internal and external communications and Ministerial reporting and communication requirements.
  • Strategic and business planning and management reporting.
  • Prepare high quality and timely briefing notes, house folder notes, speech notes, and Ministerial and parliamentary correspondence. 
  • Provide timely, expert strategic advice and recommendations to the CEO, including identifying and assessing significant emerging risks and governance issues. 
  • Maintain an overview of Agency’s plans/programs/projects that will allow for the identification of synergies across the Agency. 
  • Act as nominated representative for the implementation and management of major organisational initiatives and provide a coordination point for identifying nominees for various forums at the right responsibility level. 
  • Facilitate and sponsor the rollout of corporate programs and initiatives within the Agency.
To be successful you will meet the following selection criteria:
  • High level communication skills and stakeholder and client management, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure with a sound working knowledge of Ministerial, Parliamentary and Government imperatives, governance and decision making processes and the policy lifecycle
  • Extensive experience in coordinating projects, driving problem solving and decision making in a complex team environment. 
  • Knowledge and experience in business planning, performance monitoring processes, strategic planning, policy development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated capacity to exercise a high level of discretion, confidentiality and initiative and the ability to exercise political sensitivity particularly in liaison with senior executives from both the public and private sectors
  • Ability to deal with a diverse range of complex matters and highly conceptual issues, in order to recommend practical solutions, often within limited time frames
  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications or experience at this level.
  • The right to work in Australia.
Closing date for applications: 18 September 2016 at 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
For further information regarding the position and the Australian Digital Health Agency please visit our careers page at and apply online.
Here is the link to the advertisement:
I was interested to notice that for such a central job did not seem to need any e-Health or technical experience.
Also of interest this week was the announcement of the Executive Team.
Here is the link:

Australian Digital Health Agency Executive Team

Overall, we can see the ADHA starting to get going. I am looking forward to seeing some considered output from all this.


Bernard Robertson-Dunn said...

If you really want to know what the ADHA is supposed to do have a look at the legislation.

This takes you to a page where you can download the legislation and/or the Explanatory Statement

It is interesting that the Explanatory Statement talks about functions, rather than outcomes. Good public service practice prefers outcomes.

The outcome that would be really good would be to improve the efficiencies of the health care system. But that's a bit hard when all you are dealing with is technology. It's the users of the technology that a) deliver health care and b) control the efficiencies of health care.

The fact that they will have a "Clinical and Technical Advisory Committee" i.e. clinical and technology matters, all rolled into one, isn't a good sign that anyone has recognised a fundamental problem with their approach.

And one final observation. In spite of what Tim Kelsey has been tweeting, he doesn't serve "patients, citizens and the dedicated professionals who care for them", he serves the Health Minister. She directs the ADHA.

Anonymous said...

The minister can have the ADHA, it is not important, they will bounce around dreaming and doing ad hoc things of little or no importance, all the while the world will have moved on. I applaud the new senior managers but in reality it is simply smoke and mirrors and those who are actually new will soon find the rot of old come seeping through and the stench of desperation will foul the air once more.

Anonymous said...

"...ensuring the efficient functioning of the Agency."

Efficient for whom? The Managers or the Taxpayers???

Anonymous said...

I find the link between Richard Royle and Uniting CareHealth more than a little curious in that that two Uniting CareHealth people are now in Executive positions at the ADHA - Dr Monica Truillo (no relationship to that Truillo fellow who ran Telstra into the ground a few years ago) and Terence Seymour. We should wish them well.

Anonymous said...

David, you have made a very astute observation. Oh my goodness is this a sign of things to come. No e-Health or technical experience!!

I couldn't help wondering if this job description encompassed an awful lot of what the CEO should be doing or was employed to do! Surely not. But if so, and I could be wrong, is this not a management technique being employed by the CEO to dump everything onto to someone else (the very special super human Assistant)to enable the CEO to do all those other 'things' that are left over (if there are any)like .... ? what else is there left to do? Conferences, lunches, speeches, visualization of what might be. Any suggestions?

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Anonymous said...

To be honest, it seems more than a little unfair to start sniping at people new to a job and outside of the old NEHTA culture. Wish them well, support them, rather than throwing hands up in despair saying "we'll all be ruined", and making ad hominem criticisms. We wanted new faces, we have them, lets give them the chance they need to change things. Yes the last 15 years of Federal e-healht policy and action has been a disaster. I don't doubt the challenge to change that is immense and our expectations should be moderate. But just as the old NEHTA culture is hard to change, so is the culture of the outsider who sees everyone 'inside' as somehow inept and contemptible. We 'outsiders' have some changing to do too.

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Anonymous said...

If you are going to make such personal criticisms of people, under the cloak of anonymity, and in such a general way, all you have done is defame these folks, and they have no fair right of reply.

So it's just mean gossip and trolling unless you have the courage to put your name on it, and also get specific about why you think these folks are unfit for the task.

That way we can judge you too, and come to a conclusions about how biased or unbiased your are. Just asking for fairness here.

Dr David More MB PhD FACHI said...


I understand the anxiety about the new ADHA appointments - but I think we should give them all a chance. Six months from now things will be much clearer I am sure.

Please avoid ad-hominem comments.