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Organisation : Burnet Institute

Location : Australia, Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Health – General, Indigenous, Research / Medical Research

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $84,000-$95,000

Application closing date : 24 Nov, 2019

About the role


The Community Health – Project Officer will lead the coordination of the ‘Eliminate Hepatitis C (EC) Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy’, which will support accessible hepatitis C care among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

The aim of the role will be to support a holistic, comprehensive and culturally appropriate approach to hepatitis C care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. The role will work across the four key components of the EC Australia Partnership: health promotion, workforce development and health services delivery, implementation research and evaluation and surveillance.

The Project Officer’s key areas of the role include:

  • Develop partnerships and establish governance
  • Evidence generation
  • Contribute to all components of the EC Australia Partnership in partnership with key partners, the leadership and national reference groups including:
    • Health Promotion Component – In partnership, develop a health promotion campaign based on messages developed through evidence based generation work, including build consensus around core messaging, target audience(s), approaches and channels
    • Workforce Development and Health Service DeliveryComponent – Support mainstream and Community Controlled Health Organisations to strengthen or develop accessible and culturally safe models of hepatitis C care.
    • Implementation Research Component – Identify research opportunities that will explore how to best support health care engagement for people who may be at risk of hepatitis C.
    • Evaluation and Surveillance Component – Identify health data sources and work with data custodians to facilitate the development of a collaborative annual surveillance report.
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Monitoring and evaluation

As part of this role, you will also assist primary investigators of the EC Australia Partnership to ensure lessons are effectively translated into appropriate policy and practical outcomes.

The position is funded for a period of 2 years during which time the Project Officer will manage planning, set-up, oversight and reporting to the Principal Investigators, executive and advisory committees.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.

Please refer to the attached position description for full details.


The successful applicant will have the following:

  • Bachelor Degree in public health, community health or related discipline
  • Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology and health promotion (preferable)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including and the ability to engage professionally with stakeholders
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations or communities
  • Demonstrated understanding of ethical principles underpinning research with marginalised populations
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, including being able to manage multiple research-related tasks
  • Experience in the dissemination of research findings (desirable)
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and other database packages (desirable)

Benefit from ongoing support, a monthly accrued day off for full time staff and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not-for-profit organisation. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Burnet Institute

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian medical research and public health organisation focused on achieving better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions. The Institute is headquartered in Melbourne with programs that operate across Asia, the Pacific and in Africa.

Burnet’s culture links innovative discovery-oriented research and implementation research with development and humanitarian action. World-class laboratory and field-based research is integrated into multidisciplinary programs aimed at the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases of global significance. This unique approach allows the Institute to make a tangible and sustainable impact on health in both developed and developing countries.

The Institute has three major thematic programs – Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risk, and Maternal and Child Health, and two expansion programs – Healthy Ageing and Health Security. Staff within these Programs are supported by cross-cutting communities of practice; the disciplines of Life Sciences, Public Health and International Development.

How to apply for this role

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Please quote in application: Community Health - Project Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

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