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Organisation : Burnet Institute

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Health – General, Research / Medical Research

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $71,939 - $ 82,631 per annum + super

Application closing date : 1 Feb, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Burnet Institute

We want you to have a successful and meaningful career at Burnet and are committed to providing a supportive workplace environment for all our people. You will be part of a collaborative culture where progressive leadership, innovation, respect, and excellence are valued. Join a team of talented individuals who are passionate about what they do – improving the health of vulnerable communities around the world.

We offer:

  • A monthly accrued day off for full-time staff
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Opportunities for career and professional development


Who are we?

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, organisation that uniquely links medical research with practical action to achieve better health for disadvantaged communities and help solve devastating global health problems.

Burnet Institute brings together a highly diverse skill base, with more than 400 staff and students working across cutting-edge research and projects to address some of the most relevant global health issues. Institute-wide interdisciplinary health programs Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risks, and Health Security, are at the heart of our daily decision making. Harnessing our international and local field presence, our laboratories, and our mixed development and research cultures drives a greater focus on the most relevant health issues and achieves a greater impact as a result.

Whilst our headquarters is in Melbourne, Australia, we also have offices in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, and are actively involved in research and public health programs throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Burnet is the only unaligned organisation in Australia that has dual accreditation with both the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Bring your whole self to work

At Burnet, we foster a diverse and inclusive culture. We want our people to feel like they belong and are free to be themselves at work. We have an active Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Council that works to promote and improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion across the Institute, by developing and implementing strategies informed by both national and international best practice and staff input. Burnet holds an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award from Science in Gender Equity (SAGE).

About the role

Do you have strong health-related project coordination experience? Would you like to contribute to the Eliminate Hepatitis C program and play an integral role in a national health promotion campaign? Then this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity now exists for a Project Officer to join the Viral Hepatitis Elimination team at Burnet. You will assist Program Managers to coordinate the Eliminate Hepatitis C (EC) Australia Partnership, which aims to achieve hepatitis C elimination in Australia by 2030 by using a multidisciplinary, cohesive and appropriately targeted nationwide approach to ensure we maintain high numbers of people on hepatitis C treatment to meet our elimination targets.

The position will also support other key public health projects such as the Optimise Study, which is a research project led by Burnet Institute and Doherty Institute, that aims to find out how Victorians are experiencing COVID-19 and responding to the measures introduced to stop the spread of the virus.

In this role, you will:

  • Provide operational and administrative support to the EC Australia Health Promotion and Aboriginal Health Strategy components, including developing project work plans and reports, stakeholder engagement and organising and coordinating meetings for two national reference/advisory groups.
  • Assist with stakeholder management support. This may include providing secretariat and project management support for state and territories leads; facilitating relationships between researchers, practitioners and policy makers; and planning and coordinating events, activities, workshops, webinars and other presentations across the EC Australia Partnership and Optimise Study.
  • Assist in the development of EC Australia knowledge translation publications and resources. This may include coordinating the editing, design of publications, resources and presentations and supporting the preparation of small reports, publications and resources. This includes preparing content for the website.
  • Liaise with a wide range of representatives from all state and territories through the EC Australia and Optimise Study governance structure and maintain good relationships with partner organisations.


Refer to the attached position description for full details. This position is for a period of 1-year with a 0.6 – 1.0 FTE option. Ongoing working from home options will be provided as well as flexible working hours!


Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential requirements:

  • Bachelor degree with Honours (or equivalent)
  • Experience working in government, community services, advocacy and/ or research addressing public health
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including and the ability to engage professionally with stakeholders and display empathy and understanding in dealing with marginalised people
  • Demonstrated project coordination experience in the fields of health
  • Capacity to work well under minimal supervision, and willingness to contribute to broader research and administrative tasks
  • 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
  • Extensive knowledge of OH&S standards and how they apply to expectations around workplace behaviour
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and other database packages


The following criteria are preferable:

  • Master’s degree (or near completion) in public health, epidemiology, psychology, behavioural or social sciences, public health, or a related field
  • Experience in the dissemination/ translation of research findings
  • Excellent engagement skills with a proven ability to build collaborative relationships with a wide range of internal and external clients, partners and stakeholders
  • Personal qualities of energy, initiative, commitment to teamwork and collaboration and respect for others
  • Statistical analysis skills and experience in the use of statistical software such as Stata/SPSS

How to apply

Position Description : Project Officer - Public Health PD

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


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

Profession: #Administration_and_Office_Support, #Healthcare_and_Medical
Sector: #Health_–_General, #ResearchMedical_Research



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