Job no: 0052487
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville, Other
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Salary: $107,547 - $127,707 (Level B)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 10% super
Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic)
About the role
The Research Fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health will join a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of researchers working in Indigenous eye health. You will be based within the Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) Unit in the Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.
The IEH has developed and is supporting implementation of the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision (the Roadmap). This is an exciting, evidence-informed and sector-supported set of policy recommendations that outline the whole-of-system approach required to produce long-term, sustainable changes to reduce disparities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. The Roadmap includes activities required at the national, jurisdictional and regional levels, and spans domains such as health system coordination, governance mechanisms, workforce development and health promotion, monitoring and evaluation.
Implementation of the Roadmap has identified that there is opportunity for research in eye health that is led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities and that the work of IEH and the further advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health could be strengthened and supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.
Working alongside a small team of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff within the unit, you will lead the development and undertaking of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led research program in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. Engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations is key to this role, to ensure activities are community determined and supported.
You will also support the broader implementation of The Roadmap and work towards the elimination of preventable blindness and vision loss. The Roadmap is guiding health system reform and is being implemented nationally, in all states and territories and geographic regions across Australia. Advocacy and technical advice and support are required at regional, jurisdictional and national levels.
The work is of national and international significance and provides an opportunity to establish a new area of research and contribute to the systematic implementation of evidence-based, sustainable public health strategies using Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health as a model. This position will enable you to contribute to and lead improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health.
Expected research outcomes include contribution to national and international peer reviewed publications, national conferences and meeting presentations.
This is an identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position.
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and experience.
- Masters degree or PhD in a field such as public health, health systems, health service delivery, health promotion or a health-related discipline.
- A track record of publication of peer-reviewed scientific articles, conference presentations and acquiring funding.
- Demonstrated potential for independent research.
- Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as previous experience working, effectively communicating and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Established written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders from policy, research, clinical and community environments.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve project goals and meet agreed deadlines.
- An understanding eye care and eye health.
- Experience visiting and engaging with urban, regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Experience in translational research.
Other job related information
- This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.
- This position will require intra and interstate travel, including remote communities.
- A current motor vehicle driving licence.
PLEASE NOTE this opportunity remains open but may close at a future date without notice. Potential applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible.