3 years part time (0.6 FTE) to Full time (1.0 FTE) contract based in Darwin
Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving Indigenous, global and tropical health. Menzies has a history of over 30 years of scientific discovery and public health achievement. Menzies works at the frontline, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across Northern and Central Australia.
About the position:
The eGFR3 Study represents the third kidney health assessment of adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who at baseline had a range of kidney function from healthy to advanced kidney damage (but not receiving renal replacement therapy). The first eGFR Study assessment occurred during 2007-2011 across 20 sites in 5 regions of Australia (Top-End NT, Central Australia, Kimberley, Goldfields and North Queensland). The eGFR3 Study is committed to partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to enable answers to health questions and support improved health outcomes. Indigenous leadership is present in all aspects of the study conduct, including within the community, clinical and research governance groups. Using direct health assessments (including biomedical sampling) and indirect health assessment (data linkage principles), the eGFR3 Study aims to describe the long-term kidney health and level of kidney function of adults from baseline. The successful applicant will be responsible for coordination and leadership of the study’s Indigenous Community Governance Group (ICGG), and assisting with completion of research protocols and clinical assessments at study visits.
This position will be based in Darwin and will require travel (some by light aircraft or 4WD) to regional, remote locations including capital cities throughout the NT, WA and QLD for up to 1-5 days at a time once a month.
The Project Coordinator will:
- Contribute to the development of participation criteria and the recruitment of appointees to an eGFR3 Indigenous Community Governance Group (ICGG).
- Coordinate, chair and lead ICGG meetings. Communicating the strategic advice and outcomes from an Indigenous perspective (ICGG) to other project stakeholders.
- Working with the Project Manager, establish and maintain relationships with leaders of the study’s 3 governance groups, including attendance at monthly operational meetings to facilitate communication between all groups and the ICGG.
- Facilitate access by external evaluators who will assess and monitor the processes of the ICGG.
- Work with the eGFR3 Project Manager to ensure research site facilitators in communities are provided with the relevant study protocols so that culturally safe, timely and efficient consent and data collection can be consistently achieved.
- Support and prepare the local research site facilitators prior to field study visits by the research team and then provide supervision of these facilitators on the ground.
- Assist the Project Manager in locating and inviting participants into eGFR3 and, also at the study visits, assist with clinical assessments, collecting study data and handling specimens.
- Travel to project site locations for up to one week per month, including capital cities, regional and remote locations.
- Participate in professional activities including attendance at conferences and seminars.
The successful applicant will have:
- Tertiary qualification, or extensive experience and expertise, in a relevant field of health, science or Aboriginal health work.
- An understanding of, or experience in the conduct of research projects.
- Demonstrated experience working effectively in a culturally safe manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including when representing academic research study in communities.
- A practical understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.
- Well-developed interpersonal and negotiation skills and an ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in English in a range of contexts including multidisciplinary teams and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Ability to work independently with minimal guidance while maintaining compliance with agreed study governance and procedural protocols.
- Demonstrated attention to detail in following protocols, procedures, and ensure accurate and reliable data entry; and confidence to identify and report on any protocol variances for regulatory and governance (ICGG) review/consideration.
- Experience in, or knowledge of, project coordination with demonstrated good organisational skills and effective time management.
- Excellent computer literacy skills, including experience and competence in the use of a range of information technologies, software and applications.
- Ability to undertake travel for approximately a week at a time, once a month, to a capital city or regional or remote locations as required.
- Ability to maintain a current Working with Children Clearance (Ochre card) and a Northern Territory manual driver’s license.
Contact: Tracy Turnbull at firstname.lastname@example.org
What we offer:
- 6 weeks annual leave
- Option to increase super to 14%
- Attractive salary package and benefits $109,237 - $117,740 salary package (comprising gross salary $85,868 - $93,187, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.
Closing date: Sunday, 9 August 2020
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit www.menzies.edu.au/careers or phone 08 8946 8626.