Part-time (0.8 FTE) or Full-time (1 FTE), fixed- term contract until 31 December 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 PneuMatters Study is a parallel, multicenter, randomised controlled trial funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The study aims to determine the efficacy of maternal pneumococcal immunisation on infant lung health outcomes. PneuMatters will also evaluate the effect of pneumococcal immunisation on the infant’s systemic immunological responses. A qualitative study on the reasons why pregnant Indigenous women accept or refuse immunisations is also included.
The role of the Research Nurse or Midwife is to ensure that the clinical trial meets standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, including informed consent, participant eligibility assessment, and adverse event monitoring. The Research Nurse or Midwife will be responsible for participant recruitment, clinical data and specimen collection, and follow-up visits according to the Study Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures.
The position will be based in Darwin and primarily work on the PneuMatters study, however will also contribute across other respiratory studies as part of the Respiratory Health Team. Current projects include: clinical trials on children with bronchiectasis; acute lower respiratory infections (bronchiolitis, pneumonia) a bronchoscopy study; and a longitudinal study to improve clinical outcomes for lung health in Indigenous children. Projects work closely with Indigenous children in both urban and remote Indigenous communities. This position will require remote field travel (usually 1-5 days) approximately 3-4 times a year. This position will have a key liaison role with health care staff and investigators.
The Research Nurse of Midwife will:
- Undertake procedures relevant to the research project including: explanation of the project in lay terms to potential participants; obtaining informed consent; clinical assessments of eligibility for project; randomisation; review of medical records; completion of questionnaires and case report forms; collection of specimens for analysis and transport to laboratories as required; administration of medication and monitoring of adverse events and; ongoing participant examinations and assessments as required.
- Ensure accurate details of clinical history and examination, observation, management plan, investigations and action taken are recorded for study participants and noted in the medical records where appropriate.
- Ensure the research is conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.
- Collect all trial data and ensure it is stored/transmitted appropriately in accordance with ethical, cultural, and confidentiality requirements.
- Coordinate visits to participating communities in remote areas via either air or road (manual 4WD) under limited supervision if required.
- Communicate and coordinate effectively with study participants, Chief Investigators, and other project staff.
- Develop productive, co-operative working relationships with other members of the research team and division, as well as external collaborators.
The successful applicant will have:
- Tertiary qualification in Midwifery or Nursing with subsequent experience of at least four (4) years, and registration with the relevant Board of the Health Professions Licensing Authority.
- Demonstrated experience working with, and knowledge of, health issues affecting Indigenous Australians and developing countries; experience in primary health care service delivery and medical record systems in the Northern Territory.
- Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including interpersonal skills, attention to detail and strong record keeping skills, with demonstrated capacity to consult, collaborate and negotiate effectively with stakeholders and collaborative partnerships in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings.
- Demonstrated initiative, problem solving and strong work ethic with capacity to work independently without direct supervision under broad direction and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated ability to assess and establish priorities, manage competing deadlines against expected timeframes, in a fluid workplace environment.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of data and personal information, exercise diplomacy and discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential issues and experience in problem solving and conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated experience and competency with a range of computer software including the Microsoft Office Suite.
What we offer:
- 6 weeks annual leave
- Option to increase super to 14%
- Attractive salary package including superannuation and salary packaging benefits $113,238 - $121,927 pa, pro-rata (comprising a gross salary of $89,426 - $97,048).
Contact: Cate Wilson on 08 8946 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Sunday, 17 October 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 https://www.menzies.edu.au/page/Careers/Information_for_applicants/ or phone 08 8946 8626.