Thank you to FW friend Melissa Burke who, after reading Melina’s blog posts on transitioning from academia to health policy, sent us links to two opportunities in healthy policy which may be of interest to FW members.
- The NSW Public Health Officer Training Program: This is a NSW program which runs for three years and is specifically for individuals who have completed postgraduate studies in public health. Over the three-year program trainees gain experience in different areas of public health within NSW Health (from health promotion to outbreak responses and data analysis). New intakes into the program happen once a year so keep an eye out on the website. Our very own FW member Dr Jane Jelfs joined the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program last year. If you have any questions for Jane. contact her through members connect in the members area of our website.
- Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice: This Fellowship is offered through The Commonwealth Fund and is open to mid-career health service researchers in a number of countries including Australia. Successful applications spend up to a year in the United States working with leading health policy experts. Unfortunately, applications for Australia and New Zealand applicants for 2015 - 2016 just closed but you can still find more information and application requirements, here.
We are yet to come across any initiatives that particularly support scientists gaining experience in health policy roles, such as programs that exist overseas. If you ever come across resources that you think would be of interest to FW members please email them through to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all about sharing oppourtunities…..