Research Nurse

3.5 year full time contract until based in DarwinAbout Menzies: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 NT Safety and Efficacy of Iron in Haemodialysis Study (INFERR study) is a clinical Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) to establish the benefits and harms of IV iron therapy use for Indigenous Australians with hyperferritinaemia in the setting of anaemia. The INFERR study will be conducted in collaboration with all Renal units across the NT, and we will recruit and randomise 576 patients over 40 months.Under the guidance of the Chief Investigator and Clinical Trial Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for participant recruitment, clinical data and specimen collection, and follow-up visits according to the study protocol and standard operating procedures. This position will be based in Darwin and will require some travel (by light aircraft or 4WD) to remote communities including Katherine and Wurrumiyanga (Tiwi Islands) for up to a week at a time, twice a month.The Research Nurse will:Perform all clinical aspects of the trial including pre-screening of potential participants, recruitment, obtaining informed consent, randomisation, participant retention and follow up, regular medical records and laboratory reports review.Facilitate collection, transportation and storage of specimens for laboratory analysis and provision of clinical care of study participants including general health checks and other general health matters according to the study protocol.Assist in the development and interpretation (or translation) of participant information sheets and consent forms in plain language to trial participants wherever possible.Ensure all data collection and storage occurs in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards, ethics approval, trial protocol, cultural guidelines, study specific procedures and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Menzies policies and practice.Collect all trial and adverse event monitoring source data and ensure it is entered and stored appropriately in accordance with ethical, cultural and confidentiality requirements.Communicate and coordinate effectively with trial participants, the research team and other stakeholders.Actively participate in the INFERR Coordinating Centre group. Attend weekly meetings to discuss study updates and assist in facilitating relevant discussion.Conduct visits to participating communities in urban and remote areas via either air or road (manual 4WD) under limited supervision.Work effectively with and support local community health workers in participating communities.The successful applicant will have:Tertiary nursing qualification and current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).Understanding and current knowledge of the impact of renal disease affecting the wellbeing of Indigenous communities in contemporary Australian society.Highly developed ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including interpersonal skills to a range of audiences including a multidisciplinary team, stakeholders and Aboriginal people.Demonstrated capacity to work independently without direct supervision under broad direction or as part of a research team, maintain confidentiality, good organisational and time management skills and ability to meet deadlines, to undertake the range of tasks, reporting and liaison activities.Strong record keeping skills, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, punctuality and a positive attitude.Experience with computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite.Willingness and ability to travel on light aircraft or 4WD to remote communities as part of a team, for up to a week at a time, twice a month.The ability to maintain a current Australian drivers license and Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card).The ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.Contact: Darren Germaine on (0) 431 421 923 or darren.germaine@menzies.edu.au  What we offer:6 weeks annual leaveOption 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: 5 July 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.  POSITION DESCRIPTION 85868 AUD Darwin

Research Nurse

3.5 year full time contract until based in Darwin

About Menzies:

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 NT Safety and Efficacy of Iron in Haemodialysis Study (INFERR study) is a clinical Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) to establish the benefits and harms of IV iron therapy use for Indigenous Australians with hyperferritinaemia in the setting of anaemia. The INFERR study will be conducted in collaboration with all Renal units across the NT, and we will recruit and randomise 576 patients over 40 months.

Under the guidance of the Chief Investigator and Clinical Trial Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for participant recruitment, clinical data and specimen collection, and follow-up visits according to the study protocol and standard operating procedures. This position will be based in Darwin and will require some travel (by light aircraft or 4WD) to remote communities including Katherine and Wurrumiyanga (Tiwi Islands) for up to a week at a time, twice a month.

The Research Nurse will:

  1. Perform all clinical aspects of the trial including pre-screening of potential participants, recruitment, obtaining informed consent, randomisation, participant retention and follow up, regular medical records and laboratory reports review.
  2. Facilitate collection, transportation and storage of specimens for laboratory analysis and provision of clinical care of study participants including general health checks and other general health matters according to the study protocol.
  3. Assist in the development and interpretation (or translation) of participant information sheets and consent forms in plain language to trial participants wherever possible.
  4. Ensure all data collection and storage occurs in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards, ethics approval, trial protocol, cultural guidelines, study specific procedures and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Menzies policies and practice.
  5. Collect all trial and adverse event monitoring source data and ensure it is entered and stored appropriately in accordance with ethical, cultural and confidentiality requirements.
  6. Communicate and coordinate effectively with trial participants, the research team and other stakeholders.
  7. Actively participate in the INFERR Coordinating Centre group. Attend weekly meetings to discuss study updates and assist in facilitating relevant discussion.
  8. Conduct visits to participating communities in urban and remote areas via either air or road (manual 4WD) under limited supervision.
  9. Work effectively with and support local community health workers in participating communities.

The successful applicant will have:

  1. Tertiary nursing qualification and current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  2. Understanding and current knowledge of the impact of renal disease affecting the wellbeing of Indigenous communities in contemporary Australian society.
  3. Highly developed ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including interpersonal skills to a range of audiences including a multidisciplinary team, stakeholders and Aboriginal people.
  4. Demonstrated capacity to work independently without direct supervision under broad direction or as part of a research team, maintain confidentiality, good organisational and time management skills and ability to meet deadlines, to undertake the range of tasks, reporting and liaison activities.
  5. Strong record keeping skills, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, punctuality and a positive attitude.
  6. Experience with computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite.
  7. Willingness and ability to travel on light aircraft or 4WD to remote communities as part of a team, for up to a week at a time, twice a month.
  8. The ability to maintain a current Australian drivers license and Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card).
  9. The ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.

Contact: Darren Germaine on (0) 431 421 923 or darren.germaine@menzies.edu.au  

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: 5 July 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.