Research Assistant
Adelaide, AU
2d 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 Assistant passionate about Indigenous health to join the team.

The Research Assistant will conduct research in collaboration with the Implementation Science Platform and will contribute to 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.

Reporting to the Senior Research Fellow & Platform Lead, Implementation Science, the Research Assistant, during the co-design phase, will undertake engagement with community members, service providers, practitioners and key stakeholders.

During implementation phases, they will contribute to 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 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 :

  • Actively engage with stakeholders within the South Australia eye care sector to gain widespread support and endorsement of the project.
  • Contribute to key stakeholder engagement activities for the co-design phase including South Australian Aboriginal communities, practitioners, social and health service organisations.
  • Contribute in co-design activities to develop an Indigenous health service eye care delivery model for diverse community and health service settings within South Australia.
  • Support convening of Aboriginal Governance Panel meetings and prepare correspondence materials.
  • Accurate information management and maintenance and preparing high quality written reports and documents.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building capacity and knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
  • Promote scholarship and integrity and support a culture of excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
  • Communicate research findings and assist with the development and implementation of knowledge translation activities, at conferences and within committees and other bodies relevant to the role.
  • 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 :

  • An undergraduate degree in Health and Medical Sciences, Public Health or a related discipline / clinical experience or demonstrated experience contributing to research projects relating to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Knowledge and / or 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.
  • Experience working in social and / or health services and / or clinical practice particularly with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, health services, eye health care and / or the social determinants of health.
  • Existing community and / or service provider networks.
  • 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 health services professionals and the community.
  • Significant experience in stakeholder engagement 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.
  • SAHMRI considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under sub-s 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA).

    To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and proof of Aboriginality will be required.

    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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