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 Research Assistant to join the Guunu-maana (Heal) program to support with community engagement and relationship building as required.
The Research Assistant will be situationed within the Guunu-maana, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at TGI and be supported by other Aboriginal and other Torres Strait Islander staff and students.
Duties and Key Responsibilities:-
- Assist with engagement with communities across the Guunu-maana research program
- Assist in preparation of Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and Governance submissions.
- Support research activities in collaboration with team
- Support writing of future grant applications
- Effectively produce and maintain project data
- Communicate effectively with internal and external study staff and key stakeholders
- Adhere to all study protocols and participate in protocol training sessions as required
- Adhere to safety policies and study SOPs, as outlined by The George Institute
- Adhere to the workplace policies and procedures of individual hospital study sites, as required
- Attend study team meetings and appropriately represent The George Institute and the study at all times while located at community sites
Our ideal candidate will possess:
- Undergraduate degree or certificate III and IV or professional/project experience gained through past employment and/or community engagement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services or identified roles
- Good written language communication skills and ability to draft a wide range of documents
- Good organisational skills, having the ability to organise, take initiative and follow up independently
- Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities
- Ability to work well within a research team and excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong focus on quality of work
- Experience in community engagement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services or identified roles
- Working towards experience in qualitative research methodologies
- Strong data management and record keeping skills
This is an identified Position
In this position, the incumbent’s race is a genuine occupational qualification and authorised by Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. The George Institute will accept proof of Aboriginality confirming the incumbent:-
- Is of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent
- Identifies as an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander person; and
- Is accepted by the Aboriginal community in which they live.
We offer a flexible and inclusive work culture with excellent staff benefits including, salary packaging arrangements and sound learning opportunities.
Please apply now!
Applications Close Friday September 16th, 2022
Our big and bold mission to improve the health of millions of people worldwide needs a diverse and innovative team to deliver it. So we foster a dynamic, inclusive and flexible workplace where each individual can bring their best selves to work.
Everyone is encouraged to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, LGBTIQ people and mature-aged adults.