The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Melbourne in partnership with King’s College London will offer an Indigenous Leadership Fellows Program, with modules in Melbourne and London in 2018.
Are you an Indigenous early career professional in the health sector, looking to influence change for Indigenous people? An exciting opportunity exists for those who wish to explore their leadership potential and affect change in Indigenous health outcomes. If you are looking to broaden your ideas of leadership and networking, you should consider an application to our 2018 Leadership Program.
The 2018 Poche Fellows Leadership Program is designed for Indigenous early career staff with a health focus in academic, policy, clinical or research roles in Higher Education institutions, government, health delivery and community sectors. The program brings together Fellows in a richly interconnected and interactive program, keeping a focus on the concepts of networks and collaboration. The program consists of 3 modules, and works to build Fellows expertise in their areas of leadership.
Key outcomes will include:
- Greater awareness of participant's own leadership potential
- Development of new insights and approaches to improve Indigenous health outcomes
- Richer, stronger and more diverse networks across the health sector
- Improved visibility, influence and agency; and
- Development of strong cohort of Poche Fellows
Most costs of the program will be covered by the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and King’s College London however there will be modest out of pocket expenses.
“The Poche Fellows Leadership Program brought together emerging and established leaders from around the nation with a particular focus on building the capacity and skills of leadership in our communities. It is important that we continue the legacy of all the leaders before us and that we continue to grow and fight to be a part of the economic and social growth. I enjoyed learning about the different leadership styles, about leadership, power, influence, agency and change. It was interesting to map the community and identify the different leaders and the type of leadership required, to think about the challenges and rewards and to hear about other people’s experiences. It was a great opportunity to identify my strengths and weakness and although I found it challenging to step out of my comfort zone at times, it was a great environment to challenge myself, it also helped me identify some of the things that were holding me back and come up with some strategies to work through them”.
2017 Program Fellow Ms Raelene Nixon
Fellows are at the centre of this program. The Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous health is committed to providing early career Indigenous leaders with leadership development, a strong cohort of peers, the opportunity to build their networks and social capital and to be provided with mentoring and sponsorship opportunities.
Fellows will be early career Indigenous staff in academic, policy, clinical or research roles in higher education, government, health delivery and community sectors who wish to better equip themselves to make a difference to Indigenous health outcomes. They will have the capacity to commit time to an extensive program and be passionate about working in innovative ways to improve Indigenous health outcomes.
Mentors will be mid-career Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working in the health or allied health sectors, committed to improving Indigenous health outcomes in Australia.
They will be keen to mentor emerging Indigenous leaders, to connect with senior leaders in the sector, and to enhance their own spheres of influence and capacity to work for change. Mentors must be available to attend workshops in Melbourne and have capacity to self fund their program involvement.
Elders and Sponsors
Elders and Sponsors will be well established Indigenous and non- Indigenous leaders, known for their track record in enabling Indigenous opportunity. They will have a generous and developmental approach and remain open to learning from the next generation of leaders. They will be willing to use their time, knowledge, connections and social capital to work with mentors and fellows to bring about positive change in the health sector.
The following criteria applies to applicants who are considering applying for the Leadership Fellows Program.
- Identify as Indigenous Australian
- Early career level in the health sector –
- Work within health policy and government;
- University and research environments working towards completion of Masters or PhD
- Passionate, innovative and ethical in working to improve Indigenous health outcomes
- Motivated to build on their leadership within their local context
- Able to commit to an extensive program and attend all modules throughout the year
This program to be run both in Melbourne and the UK, is comprehensive and will demand a substantial time and energy commitment from Fellows to assist them in their leadership development.
Prior to applying for the program, please ensure you are available for all modules and the necessary travel to Melbourne and elsewhere. It is critical that you have the support of your workplace to attend.
2018 Program Dates
Module 1: 12 - 13 March - Melbourne
Module 2: 19 - 27 May - London
Module 3: 13-15 August - Melbourne
Applicants are to provide a CV and supporting statement, no more than 2 pages, outlining the reasons they wish to participate in the program. Points to consider in your supporting statement may include:
- demonstrating your passion, innovation and ethical approaches in your work to improve health outcomes
- what you see in the health sector that resembles health leadership
- what aspects of leadership do you think are important.
Program places are limited and the selection process will consider group composition, including gender balance, a diversity of roles and geographical locations and sector spread.
Please email your completed applications to Jenn Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 30 January 2018.