Full time contract until 30 June 2022 based in Darwin
As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
About the position:
The Hearing for Learning Initiative is an innovative community-based approach founded on evidence-based research by Menzies School of Health Research Ear Program in Indigenous ear health. The Initiative is funded jointly over 5 years by the Commonwealth Department of Health, the Northern Territory Government, and a leading philanthropic organisation, The Balnaves Foundation. Governance of the Initiative is Indigenous-led. The primary aim of the Initiative is to reduce the prevalence of ear disease and hearing loss among Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory, thereby enhancing early language development, school readiness, school attendance and performance. The Initiative is a stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial. The primary objectives are to develop, implement and evaluate the Initiative’s model of enhanced ear health care and hearing support, delivered by newly funded positions for local community members (40 Ear Health Facilitators) across 20 communities.
The Clinical Training Research Officer will work with the team to deliver two modules in Certificate II in Aboriginal Primary Healthcare and four clinical modules in ear and hearing health. This will be delivered on-country for 120-hours over a period of up to three months in each community. Graduates will be integrated and employed by the health service, with funds from the project. The Clinical Training Research Officer will also participate in the research, including obtaining informed consent, undertaking surveillance of ear disease and hearing loss, evaluating new technologies, and collecting clinical and research data through interviews with families and service providers. The Clinical Training Research Officer will also participate in consultation and ongoing communication and reporting to community-based stakeholders, including Community Reference Groups, to be established in 20 communities.
This position is based in Darwin and will require regular travel (by light aircraft or 4WD) to remote communities for up to 4 days per trip, 2 weeks per month.
The Clinical Training Research Officer will:
- Deliver two modules in Certificate II in Aboriginal Primary Healthcare and four clinical modules in ear and hearing health.
- Contribute to the lead in and integration phase of the Hearing for Learning Initiative including building and maintaining internal and external stakeholder relationships with organisations that have a shared commitment to the Hearing for Learning Initiative.
- Contribute to the development, delivery, and assessment of evidence-based training in Aboriginal Primary Healthcare and ear and hearing health, on country, for community-based Trainees.
- Adhere to an evidence-based standard operating procedures manual for delivering training modules.
- Coordinate the collection of quantitative and qualitative research data and ensure that all data are of high quality and are collected and secured appropriately, in accordance with ethical, cultural, and confidentiality requirements.
- Contribute to ensuring the community-based Ear Health Facilitator training positions are appropriately advertised and filled, and that the Trainees are supported and appropriately mentored.
- Participate in stakeholders’ meetings for the Hearing for Learning Initiative to ensure that the Ear Health Facilitator positions are integrated, resourced, and supported according to the Initiative’s agreements, policy and in practice.
- Work with and support members of the research team in the completion of Work Activity Plans in accordance with appropriate protocols, communication plans and Menzies policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Contribute to reports and newsletters based on the progress of the Initiative training program.
- Contribute to conferences, seminars, and publications, as required.
The successful applicant will have:
- Tertiary qualifications in a health-related field (Nursing, Aboriginal Health Practitioner or Medical Doctor) with at least four years subsequent experience and registration with the relevant Profession Health Board Licensing Authority or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
- A current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116 or equivalent).
- Highly developed ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and in multicultural settings, and demonstrated experience in the preparation of high-quality reports.
- High degree of computer literacy including experience using relevant software such as the Microsoft Office Suite and primary healthcare data systems (PCIS or Communicare).
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to change and work in a fluid environment as part of a research team and under general direction to achieve program milestones and outcomes.
- Demonstrated excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills in challenging remote environments and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Demonstrated initiative, positive attitude and capacity to work independently under general direction and as part of a multidisciplinary team,
- Proven good organisational and time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines, to undertake a range of tasks, including reporting and liaison activities.
- Ability and willingness to travel by light aircraft or 4WD regularly to remote communities for up to 4 days per trip, 2 weeks per month, generally as a part of a team.
- Willingness and ability to maintain a current NT Driver Licence and a Working with Children Clearance (OCHRE) card.
- The ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.
Contact: Jenny Jenkins on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we offer:
- 6 weeks annual leave
- Option to increase super to 14%
- Attractive salary package and benefits $111,220 - $119,651 salary package (comprising gross salary $87,586 - $95,051 pa, pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.
Closing date: Sunday, 18 April 2021
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply
Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8626.