Expressions of Interest are being sought from members who wish to represent the Australian Institute of Architects (the Institute) on the International Union of Architects (UIA) Public Health Group for a three-year term from 2023. The UIA Public Health Group (PHG) was established to share information and research on the planning and design of healthcare facilities amongst members.
About the role
As the Institute’s representative on the PHG, you will be expected to participate in monthly teleconferences and to attend the annual seminar and meeting. Periodically, you may also be asked to volunteer to undertake specific research assignments or assist in the arrangements for the annual seminar and meeting.
The PHG seminar and annual meeting are held face-to-face over two to three days in an international location and are normally followed by a site visit to a recently completed healthcare project in the same city or country. Unfortunately, the Institute cannot cover the cost of the international travel and accommodation required to attend PHG meetings. Therefore, the selected representative(s) will need to fund their own travel.
Given the nature of the role, preference will be given to architects who have specialised in the planning and design of healthcare facilities and who have a comprehensive understanding of the Australian healthcare system, Australian Health Facility Guidelines, and the way in which hospitals are procured in each State and Territory.
Formed in 1957, the UIA Public Health Group (PHG) is one of the oldest work programs established by the UIA. Since its foundation, a decisive factor in the work of the PHG has been the continuous dialogue and close collaboration with the leading international associations representing health and hospital care organisations. The PHG has established a close working relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Hospital Federation (IHF).
The PHG also collaborates with the IHF on specific research projects of interest to both organisations. A recent example is the joint publication of a research paper on reducing hospital cost through better design. Further information regarding the PHG and its history is available here.
To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a 200-word (maximum) statement that outlines why you would be an appropriate representative and what skills you would bring to the position, to email@example.com.
Applications are due by 9.00am AEST, Wednesday 30 August 2023.