Identified position for an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander person
Full time (1 FTE)
12 month, fixed term contract with potential for ongoing employment
Hybrid working arrangements available
Respected global research organisation
Make an impact on global health outcomes
The George Institute (‘TGI’) is 700+ people around the world, all focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to:
Find better treatments for the world’s biggest health problems
Transform primary health care to support better health for more people
Harness the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health
The George Institute’s Guunu-maana (Heal), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program cuts across content areas and is conducted within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing with a focus on social and cultural determinants of health, health systems and healthcare delivery. We maintain an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander paradigm of health and healing (physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual) and have a commitment to making impact through translation that influences policy.
Underlying principles of our Program are:-
Strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and a commitment to using strengths – based approaches
Capacity building for the next generation of researchers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and for non-indigenous researchers to enable collaborative approaches to conducting high quality, ethically sound research in partnership with First Nations organisations, communities and individuals
Genuine engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples, other First Nations peoples and communities with research determined by community priorities
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Communications Officer to join the Guunu-maana (Heal) program to develop relevant communication materials such as newsletters for research studies, supporting the social media content, blog posts, web content and press releases.
In addition, this position will have the opportunity to work 8 hours per week supporting the communications work of The Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN), the peak body for injury prevention and safety promotion across Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The Communications Officer will:-
Work proactively with Guunu-maana (Heal)program team, writing fresh content including news stories, event write-ups and blogs to highlight the work and impact of the program
Draft and edit clear communication materials related to the Guunu-maana (Heal) program including research outcomes, announcements and annual events such as NAIDOC
Regularly update web content to ensure research projects and staff profiles are up to date
AIPN website management (Wix platform), development of a monthly newsletter, social media marketing and other administrative tasks
Work closely with Guunu-maana (Heal) program staff to develop relevant resources for project dissemination
Develop project newsletters to share with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations
Support profile raising of Guunu-maana (Heal) program internally and externally
Support the development of presentation materials.
Develop a database and communicating relevant events and news on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health topics related to our research across the web and social media
Work proactively with Guunu-maana (Heal) program team and communications team to draft social media posts, seek relevant content approval and publish across Twitter and Linked In.
Develop and implement strategies to increase engagement on our social channels
Support the engagement and liaison with key stakeholders including peak bodies, health services and community partners.
Work with in-house graphic designers to develop content
Our ideal candidate will possess:
Strong understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media environment
Excellent communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations and stakeholders
Copy writing skills
Demonstrated experience using social media platforms as a professional communication and advocacy tool
Ability to work independently
Ability to work effectively and build relationships within a multidisciplinary team
Excellent organisation and time management skills
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments
A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in digital media, communications or public relations
Graphic design skills or an understanding of graphic design concepts and principles and how they relate to social media requirements would be well regarded
Familiarity and experience with e-newsletter platforms such as Mailchimp