Board Member, Population Health Research Network Board job with UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA


The University of Western Australia is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals to fill vacancies on the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) Board of Trustees. The PHRN is an internationally recognized national research infrastructure linking health and social services data and providing access to this data. Linked data enables innovative medical and health research and makes a meaningful difference to the lives of Australians.

Role title: Member of the board of PHRN.

Term: Initial term of up to two years with possibility of extension. Board members are appointed by the University of Western Australia in consultation with the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

The Population Health Research Network (PHRN) is Australia’s national data-linking infrastructure. It is one of the National Research Infrastructure capabilities supported by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure (NCRIS) Strategy. It has received $80 million in funding from the Australian government since 2009, with a co-investment of $120 million. PHRN’s current annual resources (cash and in-kind) amount to approximately $19 million.

The University of Western Australia is the lead agent for PHRN. The main objective of the PHRN is to build and support the operation of a nationwide collaborative data link infrastructure that safely and securely links collections of data from a wide range of sources, including within and across jurisdictions and across sectors, and provides access to linked data.

The University is seeking to appoint up to two additional independent members of the PHRN Board of Trustees.

The PHRN Board of Directors is an advisory committee that provides oversight and strategic direction to PHRN.

Responsibilities of PHRN Board Members

The board provides oversight and strategic direction to the PHRN and supports the implementation of the strategic plan.

This too:

  • Monitors compliance with the requirements of the University of Western Australia’s agreements with the Department of Education and the University of Western Australia’s agreements with PHRN project participants.
  • Provides oversight for the development of appropriate key performance indicators and monitors performance against these indicators.
  • Provides oversight of project and risk management strategies to ensure PHRN adheres to investment and strategic plans.
  • Provides oversight of financial management, including annual budgets and business plans, and allocation of funds (approximately $5 million per year) in accordance with PHRN’s strategic direction.
  • Facilitate and maintain relationships with all stakeholders.

Board meetings

The Board meets at least four times a year. At least one meeting per year is held face-to-face.


Board member dues are $10,000 per year plus pension. Attendance fees for meetings are reimbursed.

Skills, knowledge, experience and attributes

We are currently looking for board members with the following skills, knowledge and experience. Candidates must also meet the general requirements specified:


  • Finance and/or accounting; and or
  • Therapeutic/diagnostic development, including medical devices and pharmaceuticals.


  • Be an eminent individual capable of adopting a broad, national and collaborative perspective.
  • Be free of any commercial or other interests and relationships that could reasonably be perceived to interfere with Members’ ability to act in the best interests of PHRN.
  • Support the strategic development of PHRN within the context of Australia’s national research infrastructure.
  • Approach the role with integrity and a balanced outlook.
  • Be able to represent the PHRN to government, stakeholders and the national and international research community.
  • Have the time and enthusiasm to devote to the role.

Application process

Please provide a short statement (250 words) describing your interest and aptitude and attach a brief curriculum vitae.

Closing Date: 11:55 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

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