First listed on: 11 January 2020
Media Advisor 

Employment Type:  Permanent
Role Classification:  Grade 9/10
Remuneration:  $110,745 - $122,038 plus superannuation and annual leave loading
Location: St Leonards
Closing Date: 24 January 2020                 
Hours per Week: 35
Requisition ID:  REQ146134

About this role

The Media Advisor supports and proactively promotes NSW Health services, expertise, key priorities and policy initiatives to a wide audience with the aim of increasing public awareness of the organisational and government support for initiatives that improve public health in NSW.

The role is also responsible for responding to enquiries from media organisations reporting on the public health system and supporting various branches within NSW Health, Local Health Districts/Networks and related agencies to communicate the health services they provide to the people of NSW.
The role requires extensive knowledge of media issues that may impact NSW Health on a daily basis, while having the foresight to anticipate emerging issues which may affect the delivery of essential health services more broadly in the context of Government sectors across Federal, State and Local jurisdictions.

Where you'll be working
NSW Health currently employs more than 100,000 people across the public health system.

We aim to have a health system that values its workforce as a vital resource and treats its staff fairly.We recognise the importance of having a health workforce that is trained, organised and deployed creatively and intelligently to meet the changing needs of health consumers, carers and the wider population of New South Wales.

The NSW Ministry of Health Media Unit promotes our world-class health system, liaising closely with Local Health Districts, clusters and Networks.  

What you'll be doing

  • Research and respond to, in a timely and accurate way, media enquiries regarding NSW Health, the health portfolio and health-related matters as well as conduct daily media monitoring
  • Utilise internal resources/databases to research and write high quality media releases, statements, Q&As, talking pointsfor external and internal distribution
  • Research,develop proactive story pitches along with relevant content/spokespeople to achieve the Ministry's strategic media objectives
  • Liaise with representatives of NSW Health, Local Health Districts/Networks, Ministerial offices, government agencies and other relevant organisations to obtain the information and support necessary to successfully fulfil public information objectives
  • Advise departmental and other authorised spokespeople on how best to represent NSW Health and present a balanced view of health-related issues in the media and other public forums
  • Organise and assist with media training, interviews and media conferences
  • Liaise with and support other business units within the Media & Communications cluster on multi-media content and projects, and develop social content and organise talent to promote NSW Health policy
  • Maintain a comprehensive overview of the NSW health system in order to provide timely advice on and responses to positive and negative issues that may be of public interest and generate media coverage

Need more information?

  1. Click here for the Role Description
  2. Find out more about applying for this position
  3. All applicants must attach a response to the two targeted questions (1-2 pages) and your CV (no more than 5 pages)
  4. Please note that you cannot apply for this role using iworkfornsw, please click here to access the advert through the Health Career Portal.

For role related queries or questions contact Amy Cook on

If you require any reasonable adjustments, please contact Hana Maalla at

Targeted Questions (1-2 pages)

If you do not include responses to the below questions your application will not be considered.

  1. What capabilities do you bring to the Media Advisor role including experience across multi-media platforms?
  2. Please provide examples of your ability to provide high quality, strategic media advice, content development, and stakeholder engagement for a large project, emerging issue or communications plan.

The Ministry of Health values diversity and is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

To be eligible for employment in these roles you must be one of the following: 

  • an Australian Citizen, or
  • a permanent resident of Australia, or
  • a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or
  • a citizen of another country with an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia

You can only be offered employment in this role for the duration that your current visa allows you to work in Australia, and you can only be offered ongoing employment if you have a permanent visa that allows you to work in Australia.

To learn more about working at the Ministry of Health, please visit our career portal.

Applications Close: 24 January 2020

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