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Project Officers x2

Menzies School of Health Research
  • 1 Fixed-term 12 month full-time contract
  • 1 Fixed-term full-time contract until 31 December 2023
  • Based in Darwin
  • Classification: General Staff Level (GSL) 5 or 6, depending on qualification, skills and experience

About Menzies:

As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

About the position:

The ‘Diabetes across the Lifecourse: Northern Australia Partnership’ is a collaboration between health service providers, policy makers, researchers, and communities across Northern Australia. A key aim of our Partnership is to investigate and improve the health of women with diabetes in pregnancy and their children. Our research seeks to understand the relationship between diabetes in pregnancy and clinical outcomes, including long term, for mothers and their babies.

The Pregnancy And Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) Study is a longitudinal birth cohort study. The PANDORA Wave 2 phase involves following up mothers and children at 5.5 – 10 years of age who were recruited from urban and remote communities across the Northern Territory. It includes assessment of risks for diabetes, heart, and kidney conditions.

The Project Officer will be responsible for undertaking daily research activities like contacting and booking participant appointments, managing equipment stock and purchasing consumables, doing research assessments and conducting surveys with study participants. The Project Officer will work under the supervision of the Project Manager.

The successful applicant will have:

  1. Tertiary qualification in a related health field; or an Aboriginal Health Practitioner with experience; or a combination of health-related research experience and education with a Certificate, Advanced Certificate or Diploma qualification.
  2. Experience working effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and/or children in a clinical and/or health promotion and/or research setting.
  3. Experience or willingness to undertake training in doing health surveys with participants, and/or taking body measurements (e.g. height, weight, waist circumferences).
  4. Good computer skills including previous use of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel or similar applications, and use of databases or other software (e.g. Access, REDCaps).
  5. Previous experience of working effectively with health and/or research institute.
  6. Sound communication skills that enable sensitive and effective communication with a wide range of people including internal and external stakeholders and people from diverse cultures.
  7. Ability to effectively convey the project (using non-medical terms) to potential participants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in line with ethics and study requirements.
  8. Ability to handle with private and confidential research or personal information of participants.
  9. Proven organisational and time management skills, punctuality and strong record-keeping abilities.

Additional selection criteria for appointment at higher level (GSL 6):

  1. Degree qualification in a related health field with subsequent experience, or extensive experience and specialist expertise or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. Excellent management skills, ability to multitask and prioritize workloads with minimal guidance in a fast-paced environment whilst achieving results and meeting tight deadlines.
  3. Demonstrated initiative and capacity to work independently without direct supervision as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, build strong productive relationships within the organisation and collaborative partnerships with people from diverse cultures and a wide range of stakeholders.
  5. High degree of computer literacy including expertise in Microsoft Office suite of applications and a demonstrated ability to quickly acquire skills in new software packages.


  1. Experience with the collection and processing of blood and urine samples, including phlebotomy in adults and children.
  2. Experience in the delivery of health promotion programs/activities with a focus on diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy and/or other chronic conditions.
  3. Experience working in primary or secondary prevention settings.

These Positions are designated for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander female.

The position/s will only be open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female applicants. The filling of this position/these positions is intended to constitute a special/ equal opportunity measure under s section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwlth) and section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT).

Contact: Katie Michell on 08 8946 8695 or email katie.michell@menzies.edu.au using the subject line: Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $93,473 - $109,494 pa, salary package (comprising gross salary $72,154 - $86,093 pa, superannuation and salary packaging benefits

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