Project Assistant

$93,473- $100,405 salary package (comprising gross salary $72,154 - $78,129 plus superannuation and salary packaging benefits)Part-time/full time (0.6 – 1.0 FTE), fixed-term contract until 31 December 2023Based in Alice Springs About Menzies: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 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with hyperferritinaemia in the setting of anaemia. The INFERR study will be conducted in collaboration with all Renal units across the NT and will recruit and randomise 576 patients over 40 months.The Project Assistant will work closely with the INFERR research nurse and be responsible for day to day activities involving assisting with recruitment of study participants and performing study visits for the INFERR study. This position will be based in Alice Springs and will require some travel (by light aircraft or 4WD) to Tennant Creek for up to 1-5 days at a time, multiple times per year.The Project Assistant will:The following responsibilities are not exhaustive and may include others as directed by the supervisor:Ensure the research is conducted in a manner respectful of Aboriginal culture.Ensure the INFERR research study documents used to informed study participants about the research are appropriate, respectful and fit for purpose.Assist the INFERR research team with recruitment of participants from dialysis units in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. This will involve frequent travel for up to 1-5 days at a time, multiple times per year.Assist in aspects of participant recruitment, informed consent process, retention and follow-up study visits.Communicate and coordinate effectively with study participant’s families, investigators, stakeholders and other Study staff.Ensure data is collected and stored appropriately and in accordance with ethical and cultural guidelines and consistent with Good Clinical Practice, as per protocol and Study specific procedures.Assist with the facilitation of the INFERR Reference Group (IRG) meetings including assisting members with any travel and accommodation requirements.Attend the weekly INFERR Coordinating Centre group meetings. Provide Study updates, advice and advocacy on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social, cultural and health issues relevant to the INFERR Study.Undertake training, as required, to perform Study visits task.An understanding and awareness of relevant Workplace Health and Safety as well as Equal Opportunity principles and legislation along with a commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for all Menzies staff, students, volunteers and visitors.The successful applicant will have:Completion of an associate diploma with at least two years subsequent relevant experience; or completion of a certificate or advanced certificate qualification with extensive relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.Willingness to undertake training in the skills required to perform Study visits and data collection.Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to a range of audiences including a multidisciplinary team, Aboriginal people and people from diverse cultures.Demonstrated ability to work independently under general direction within scope of practice.Experience in conducting clinical research or a willingness to learn skills to conduct research according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP).Demonstrated organisational and time management skills, punctuality and strong record keeping abilities.Understanding of, or ability to acquire understanding of the ethical considerations for conducting research with participants.Sound computer skills including experience in using Microsoft Office software.What we offer:6 weeks annual leaveOption to increase super to 14%Attractive salary package and benefits $93,473 - $100,405 pa, pro-rata, salary package (comprising gross salary $72,154 - $78,129 pa, pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits).Contact: Jane Nelson on 08 8946 8522 or jane.nelson@menzies.edu.auClosing date:  Sunday, 22 August 2021This Position is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people only. The position will only be open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. The filling of this position/these positions is intended to constitute a special/ equal opportunity measure under s section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwlth) and section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT). 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 https://www.menzies.edu.au/page/Careers/Information_for_applicants/  or phone 08 8946 8626.  Position Description 72154 AUD Alice Springs 0780