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Project Coordinator - FNQ Diabetes in Pregnancy - Co-Design - Cairns

Menzies School of Health Research
  • Part-time (0.8 FTE), or Full-time (1.0 FTE)
  • Fixed-term contract until 31 December 2024
  • Based in Cairns

Be part of an exciting opportunity!

Menzies is looking for a Project Coordinator to join the Diabetes across the Lifecourse team: Northern Australia Partnership, which aims to improve systems of care and services for people living with diabetes in northern Australia. The partnership is between researchers, policy makers and health service providers and includes work to improve the care and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth with diabetes, and women with diabetes in pregnancy and their babies.

The successful applicant will lead the study’s engagement and co-design with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women and communities (including women with diabetes, Elders, carers/family members), and health services to reduce diabetes risks before, during, and after pregnancy.

You will be required to plan and co-lead regular visits to FNQ study locations to engage with community members, lead and support recruitment of study participants, conduct workshops, and gather data.

You will work closely with the FNQ Diabetes Partnership Coordinator during the co-design process and may be required to support activities relating to the FNQ Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinical Register.

What you will bring to the role

As an enthusiastic, experienced project coordinator, you will have postgraduate qualifications relevant to research project management, or professional experience working in the health, community and/or research sector in Far North Queensland.

You also possess:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with, and contribute to, a remote team, and with a diverse range of individuals and organisations, including people from diverse cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, health practitioners and policy makers.
  • A demonstrated understanding of ethical considerations of research and be capable of handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Demonstrated project management/coordination experience including the capacity to prioritise tasks, time management skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent project management skills, computer skills and have the ability and willingness to travel to remote communities by light aircraft or 4WD within FNQ on a regular basis (monthly) and to NT as required.

Why Menzies

Menzies is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses. If making a positive health impact in Australia and across our region excites and motivates you, join us as we continue to translate our research into effective programs and partnerships in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and find enduring solutions to health problems that matter.

As a recognised national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, education and research training, Menzies is committed to providing a culturally inclusive and supportive work environment, and ensuring our workforce is representative of the people with and for whom we work. We seek to amplify First Nations voices in all aspects of our work.

This Position is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women only.

Benefits of working for Menzies

  • Exciting career opportunity with one of Australia’s leading health research institutes
  • Lead change and help make a positive impact
  • 6 weeks annual leave, significant salary packaging benefits and other market leading conditions
  • 16 weeks paid parental leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package including superannuation and salary packaging benefits $113,238 - $121,927 pa (comprising a gross salary of $89,426 - $97,048).


Applicants are required to address the Selection Criteria in the Position Description.

A position description is attached.

If you have any questions regarding the role or to obtain the Position Description, please contact: Tara Dias, Senior Research Officer, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division on tara.dias@menzies.ed.au

Phone: 08 8946 8528

This Position is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women only.

The position will only be open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. The filling of this position/these positions is intended to constitute a special/ equal opportunity measure under Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwlth) and section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT).

Applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will be required to provide suitable evidence of vaccinations to Menzies Human Resources.

To submit your application, click Apply Now or phone 08 8946 8509 / 8528 for further information on how to apply.

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