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Community Based Research Recruitment Officer
  • 1 year contract, part time, two days per week
  • Herston Location
  • Attractive salary packaging & superannuation options

About QIMR Berghofer:

QIMR Berghofer is a world-leading translational medical research institute focused on improving health by developing new diagnostics, better treatments and prevention strategies, specifically in the areas of cancer, infectious diseases, mental health and chronic disorders. Based in Herston, Brisbane and working in close collaboration with clinicians and other research institutes, QIMR Berghofer is home to more than 600 scientists, students and support staff.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute provides world class facilities for histology, flow cytometry, Imaging and animal experiments.

About the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Research Program – Clinical Yarning Study:

The Clinical Yarning Study aims to improve communication between health professionals and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients with chronic pain. We will be collecting feedback from patients, their family/carers and health professionals, and using this information to develop a training package for pain specialists, called ‘Clinical Yarning’. This research project involves a network of pain specialists (medical, allied health, nurses) based at three different hospitals in Queensland, as well as research scientists based at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the Queensland University of Technology, and the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia.

Role Purpose / Responsibilities:

Applications are sought from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons to work as a community based research assistant in the Clinical Yarning Study. The study is led by principal investigator Mr Gregory Pratt, Manager of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research at QIMR Berghofer. The successful applicant will support recruitment and interviewing of individual participants and facilitation of focus groups.

Strong interpersonal and organisation skills are highly regarded for this role. The position will work under the direct supervision of project coordinator, Dr. Christina Bernardes and with a multidisciplinary team comprising project personnel from the hospital, research, academic and community sector.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Recruit Study participants (including screening, consenting and interviewing of participants);
  • Coordinating the collection and coding of study specific documentation; including (but not limited) to informed consent, questionnaires, appointments lists, etc.
  • Arranging secure storage of study documentation in accordance with Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approval and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
  • Proactively engaging with and as part of the research team, stakeholders and the community to achieve best outcomes for the project.

About you:

The successful applicant will possess:

  • Interpersonal skills and experience of respectful stakeholder engagement;
  • Experience recruiting and interviewing patients and health providers for research purposes;
  • Experience collecting, collating, storing and reporting data collected for research purposes.

Experience in the following areas is highly desirable:

  • Supporting conversations between stakeholders in a way that values diversity and the complimentary skillset of a multidisciplinary team;
  • An appreciation of the public hospital and health service environment of Queensland and it’s intersect with the Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Service sector.

Remuneration: Salary range is $67,812 to $75,471 FTE p.a. ($27,124 to $30,188; 0.4FTE pro-rata) plus super and salary packaging. This is a 1 year, two days per week, part-time appointment.

SEEK ONLY: To submit an application: use the APPLY button. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover Letter, Resume and Selection Criteria. 

For further information: 
Contact Dr. Christina Bernardes, Coordinator, Clinical Yarning Project at 

 Closing Date:  07 August 2020

What we offer:

  • Salary Packaging
  • Bonus Superannuation
  • State of the art facilities
  • Stimulating work setting focussed on cutting edge medical research
  • Supportive/collaborative team environment
Job Ref: JM000018
Applications Close: Friday, 07 Aug 2020

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