NACCHO job opportunity: National Communications and Media Advisor


Are you an experienced Communications and Media professional?

Do you want to use your skills towards shaping a better future for Aboriginal Australians?

If you are committed to contributing to change, please read on…



The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is a living embodiment of the aspirations of Aboriginal communities and their struggle for self-determination.  Founded at a meeting in Albury in 1974, NACCHO is the national authority on Comprehensive Aboriginal Primary Health Care representing over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) across the country on Aboriginal health and well-being.

Based in Canberra, NACCHO is governed by a board of community-elected Aboriginal leaders from every state and Territory across Australia.  Through employment, engagement, empowerment and social action, ACCHOS have become strategic sites for Aboriginal community development, by empowering Aboriginal people through self-determination.  They are a proven mechanism for Aboriginal people to take responsibility over their own health matters.

ACCHOs ranged from large multi-functional services employing several medical practitioners and providing a wide range of services to small services that rely on Aboriginal Health Workers and/or nurses to provide the build of primary care service, often with a preventative focus on health education.  The services form a network, but each is autonomous and independent, both of one another and of government.

NACCHO is committed to Investing in Healthy Futures for Generational Change

About the role

The Communications and Media Advisor is a multifaceted position encompassing the strategic implementation of NACCHO’s National Communication Strategy, from stakeholder engagement, media relations, social media and website management, through to project management and media monitoring.

The position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and Chair, providing high level strategic and political advice, as well as providing recommendations to enable the strategic direction of the organisation.

The role of Communications and Media Advisor has day-to-day responsibility for the following:

  • Public Relations, Media and Monitoring
  • Website Management
  • Marketing and Social Media Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Brand Development
  • Events Management
  • Strategic Direction

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced Communications and Media Advisor to be part of the NACCHO team as we work towards developing our brand and promoting Aboriginal Community Controlled Health.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Website Management (WordPress)
  • Customer Relationship Management databases
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • iPhone and Android apps
  • Events Management systems

A tertiary qualification in media, communications, journalism or a related field would be highly regarded.

This is a full-time ongoing opportunity.  To submit an application to work within the NACCHO team, apply by filling out the form below.  Please ensure you have your resume available, as you will be required to attach your resume to the application.  The selection criteria below must be filled out in order to proceed with the application.


Applications close COB Friday 4th April 2014.

For further information on this exciting opportunity, contact

Josh Quarmby on 02 6246 9345, or email

NACCHO is committed to increasing the workforce participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


After 43 years ,286 jobs in 17 countries the current National Communications and Media Advisor Colin Cowell  is retiring

I would like to thank the 10,000 plus followers (this alert, Twitter and Facebook ) and 15,000 monthly readers of this NACCHO Communique that  I created  over  two years ago.

Thank you for your support and positive feedback

Colin Cowell

2 comments on “NACCHO job opportunity: National Communications and Media Advisor

  1. Hi Colin,

    Sad to see you going.

    Are you knocking off for good or taking up a new role somewhere else?

    Hope all goes well for you – when’s your last day?


    Juliana Doupe
    Communications Advisor
    Apunipima Cape York Health Council

    Direct Ph: 07 4037 7256
    Direct Fx: 07 4038 4256
    Street Address: 186 McCoombe Street, Bungalow QLD 4870
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 12045, Earlville QLD 4870

  2. We will miss you Colin. Enjoy your retirement, hope it’s filled with exciting travels. You deserve the best … Love the Dreamtime PR team or as some call us The DreamTeam!

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