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Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre

The Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre is responsible to the Archbishop of Brisbane for ensuring that the objectives of the Queensland Bioethics Centre are realized. This full time role is concerned with the study of ethical problems arising in health care and from biological research, advances and discoveries and its applications in such fields as organ transplantation, genetic engineering, drug research and assisted reproductive technologies.

The position has two people who do a job share arrangement, reporting to it.

The Queensland Bioethics Centre is a unique agency of the Archdiocese of Brisbane serving the whole of Queensland. Its mandate is to:

• provide advice and resource materials on bioethical issues for Bishops (including committees of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference), clergy, health care professionals, teachers, students and people generally;

• be a resource offering advice and information from a Catholic perspective in the area of bioethics for the Catholic health and aged care facilities of Queensland;

• offer information and support to people seeking help with bioethical issues; • be a contact point for medical, teaching, and other professionals who wish to do research in the area of bioethics;
• make representations to Government inquiries in areas relating to bioethics;
• undertake research into bioethical issues relating to the advances in human life sciences;
• publish the results of its research.
• give talks, seminars, etc. on bioethical issues to health care professionals, teachers, parishes, and other interested parties;
• arrange or collaborate in arranging seminars, discussion groups on bioethical issues;
• establish and maintain a website with a focus on education in the area of bioethics;
• develop and maintain an up-to-date library of books, periodicals and other resources;
• develop and maintain files of information of recent thought, both theological and scientific, on bioethical issues;
• maintain a database giving details of significant articles;
• ensure the library is accessible to the public and assist people in its use;
• engage in and promote exchange of information with other organizations, whether private or governmental, relating to areas of bioethical significance.

The successful candidate requires:

• Formal qualifications (minimum degree level) in moral theology or moral philosophy to Masters level or above required

• Excellent organisational, time management, networking and facilitation skills
• Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to develop effective resource material
• Demonstrated ability to use technology and appropriate software to support daily activities with specific competency in Microsoft Office programmes and use of Internet
• In-depth knowledge of ethical principles and their theoretical basis.
• Strong analytic skills, policy and procedure development.
• A commitment to Catholic faith and practice and to the vision and priorities of the Archdiocese of Brisbane
• A commitment to helping people understand Catholic moral teaching in the area of Bioethics
• Able to work with minimal supervision

In pursuing the objectives of the Centre the Director will be guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Director is normally appointed for a term of 5 years. The current incumbent has chosen to retire at the end of the year.


To apply for this unique position – apply now! For further information contact Christy Welldon on 3255 7725. Apply by sending an email with your (word formatted) resume attached, Reference No: CWDBET to

Salary: negotiable, circa $124,000 | Assistance with relocation.

Closing Date: Friday 9th September 2016.

Written by: Staff writers
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