The ADRI is a state-of-the-art research facility promoting an environment of innovation, collaboration and research excellence in asbestos-related diseases.

Current Positions


Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) Concord NSW

The Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation is seeking a highly-skilled Director to lead and drive the next stage of development of ADRI, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Elimination of Asbestos Related Diseases located in Concord NSW.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the right candidate will demonstrate a successful research and/or clinical career and proven leadership of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists covering bio-medical research, epidemiology and public health, clinical and patient care.

Candidates should demonstrate a mix of strategic leadership, outstanding management skills and relationship building capabilities that will allow them to build and lead an outcomes driven, sustainable and globally recognised institute into the future.

Role: Flexible arrangements/part time – 3 to 4 days
Staff:  16
More Information:
Deadline: COB Friday, 29 October 2021
Applications to the ADRF Chairman, Mr Peter Tighe–
Salary Range: $200k - $250K

About the Organisation

The Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRF) was established in August 2006 to address the significant burden of disease in Australia linked to exposure to asbestos and other types of dust.  The ADRF established the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) at the Bernie Banton Centre on the Concord Hospital campus.

The ADRI has four key areas of focus:

  • Improving asbestos exposure management e.g. by evaluating surveillance and/or screening methods for mesothelioma and lung cancer that may reduce asbestos disease-specific morbidity and mortality.
  • Optimising public health and clinical systems dealing with asbestos-related diseases. For example, the ADRI supported the establishment of the Australian Mesothelioma Registry.
  • Improving the quality and consistency of treatment for mesothelioma and other diseases.
  • Undertaking basic and applied research that can be translated into treatment benefits for those affected by asbestos-related disease.

Currently, the ADRI has a staff of 16, an annual budget of $3 million, and assets of over $10 million.  It provides training and mentorship for around 10 research professional trainees each year.

About the Role

Vision, plan, and direct the implementation of a research program that is recognised domestically and internationally for the contribution it makes to the control of asbestos-related diseases.

  1. Develop and manage productive relationships locally, nationally, and globally with stakeholders, other organisations, and professional networks to advance the objects of the ADRF, and the capacity and effectiveness of the ADRI.
  2. Promote, sponsor and facilitate asbestos-related and dust-related diseases, education and training in relevant health disciplines.
  3. Develop, promote and engage with networks of leading clinicians involved in the clinical management of asbestos and dust-related diseases to enhance ADRI research and its translation into effective interventions as well as the profile of ADRI in the clinical community.
  4. Raise understanding, support and commitment among governments, donors, and the community as an effective and visible public spokesperson for the ADRI and for the task of controlling asbestos and dust-related diseases.
  5. Enhance the capacity of ADRI staff, creating a results-focussed, success-oriented culture, highly aligned to the mission of the ADRI.
  6. Enhance revenue for the ADRI with particular focus on competitive and other research grants, major infrastructure and enabling grants, and the development and retention of committed donors.
  7. Advance the policies and practice of the ADRI as an evidence-based, relevant and timely advocate for best public policy and professional practice in asbestos-related disease control.
  8. Manage effectively the financial and physical resources of the ADRI, aligning them with its activities and programs to optimise the benefits for the objects of the ADRF.
  9. Accept responsibility for making acceptable progress, whether personally or corporately by the ADRI, towards strategic goals, including any associated performance indicators, agreed with the Board from time to time.
  10. Manage organisational risks and maintain compliance with relevant policies affirmed by the Board and applicable legislation and regulation.

Essential selection criteria:

  1. Excellent track record of achievement in activities relevant to asbestos and dust-related diseases.
  2. Ability to engage and co-ordinate multi-disciplinary translation-focussed research teams in a research enterprise leading to translational outcomes.
  3. Well-developed public and professional communication skills evidenced in part by past invitations to address meetings and conferences or contribute editorial and other commentaries, speaking at public occasions, or addressing government.
  4. Ability to lead organisations to success as demonstrated in part by the course and outcomes (research funding, business results, staff culture, relevant stability and impact indicators) of organisations or units under the candidate’s management.
  5. Ability and commitment to fostering and developing talent, demonstrated in part through the impact on staff in teaching, mentoring and professional development roles.
  6. The successful candidate will have advanced tertiary qualifications in medicine, medical research, public health or health sciences are required.  Experience in dust-diseases advocacy would also be highly regarded

The way we work

We support flexible working arrangements at ADRI and this is a part time role of 3 – 4 days per week.

Next steps

Please submit a CV and covering letter by COB FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER attention to the Chairman Mr Peter Tighe –