Research Associate / Research Fellow
Adelaide, AU
4d ago

At the South Australian Health and

Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

The Implementation Science Platform, within the Aboriginal Health Equity research theme was recently awarded a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant aimed at co-creating, implementing and evaluating a model of eye health care service delivery with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations in South Australia.

We are seeking a Research Associate / Research Fellow passionate about Indigenous health to join the team.

The Research Associate / Research Fellow will conduct research in collaboration with the Implementation Science Platform and will undertake mixed-method research activities that seek to identify unmet eye health care needs, and implement an eye care delivery model that seeks to address these unmet needs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at high risk of blindness.

Utilising a strong understanding of public health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequity, the Research Associate / Research Fellow will conduct high quality research, prepare reporting and knowledge translation documentation and contribute to research dissemination.

The role will also include the oversight of activities that seek to strengthen workforce and service system capabilities in Indigenous eye health care.

Reporting to the Senior Research Fellow & Platform Lead, Implementation Science, the Research Associate / Research Fellow will be responsible for engaging community members, service providers, practitioners and key stakeholders to co-design an eye care delivery model.

During implementation phases, they will oversee research activities aimed at evaluating the project activities across diverse perspectives including the community, practitioners and service organisations.

The role will interact with a range of external stakeholders including senior staff from SA Health, Local Health Networks and Primary Health Networks, inter-sectoral state government organisations and service providers.

Significant liaison and negotiation will be required with the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector, non-government organisations, research groups including the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme at SAHMRI, and the SA Aboriginal community.

About the Role

Key responsibilities include :

  • Lead key stakeholder engagement activities for the co-design phase including South Australian Aboriginal communities, practitioners, social and health service organisations.
  • Implement co-design activities to develop an Indigenous health service eye care delivery model for diverse service settings within South Australia.
  • Ensure the project is actively engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representative organisations in all aspects of the project activities, particularly in governance and decision-making.
  • Implement evaluation activities that capture diverse perspectives of community, practitioners, service organisations and eye health outcomes.
  • Research is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the co-authorship of two peer-reviewed publications per year.
  • Contribution to the preparation of applications for funding from competitive and major research grants to further progress the Platform into the future.
  • Mentoring and supervision of interns and work experience students.
  • Convene Aboriginal Governance Panel meetings and prepare correspondence materials.
  • Foster and support local and national links and strategic collaborative relationships that build understanding and skills with relevant research institutions, universities and community bodies including health services and government collaborators, that assist in the advancement of the Platform’s objectives.
  • Communicate research findings and assist with the development and implementation of knowledge translation activities, within high impact peer-reviewed journals, at conferences and within committees and other bodies relevant to the role.
  • Assist with the preparation of applications for externally refereed research grants, primarily through Category 1, but also for other government organisations, non-government organisations, Trusts and Foundations, in order to develop and maintain the Platforms’ program of work.
  • Ensure research and other outputs are compliant with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Vice-Chancellors’ committee (AVCC) guidelines and principles of research conduct with vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and in keeping with the principles of the South Australian Aboriginal Health Research Accord.
  • DCSI Working with Children Clearance and Vulnerable Persons Clearance.
  • Travel intrastate, including to urban, regional or remote parts of South Australia.
  • About You

    The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes :

  • A PhD or Masters in Public Health or a related discipline / clinical experience as well as demonstrated experience contributing to and / or leading research projects relating to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting quantitative and / or qualitative research methods.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of health and social issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and familiarity with Aboriginal communities and services.
  • Significant experience working in social and / or health policy, social and / or health services and / or clinical practice particularly with a focus on Aboriginal health and the social determinants of health.
  • Strong existing community and / or service provider networks (relevant to the role).
  • Demonstrated knowledge on Indigenous eye health care (desirable).
  • Leadership skills and a strong understanding of techniques and strategies to engage and sustain relationships with social and / or health service providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong and collaborative working relationships with both senior decision-makers, social and / or health services professionals and the community.
  • Experience in stakeholder management including negotiation, facilitation and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally safe, sensitive and accountable manner with Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.
  • Demonstrated experiences in report / document preparation for research, government or non-government organisations.
  • Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence.

    We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community. Our values of Excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals.

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