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Research Assistant in Suicide Prevention - Emergency Departments

Employer: University of Melbourne
Work Type/s: Contract
Classification/s: Medical Research, Mental Health & Counselling, Policy & Research
Sector/s: University & Higher Education
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 18 March, 2019.
Applications close: 31 March, 2019. (Expired)

  • Job no: 0047943
  • Work type: Fixed Term
  • Location: Parkville
  • Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Department/School: Centre for Youth Mental Health
  • Salary: $69,148 - $93,830 (Level A)
  • Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - 9.5% superannuation

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (Orygen) is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

At Orygen, our leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.

The Company has three Members: the Colonial Foundation, The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.

The University of Melbourne has an agreement with Orygen for designated employees to be made available to undertake activities for Orygen, and this arrangement will apply to you. University employees working at Orygen are required at all times to continue to adhere to University policies, procedures, regulations and statutes, as well as to Orygen policies and procedures (including Orygen’s delegations of authority framework which can be found at, but the University’s policies and procedures shall prevail in the event of any inconsistency. For the period of participating in activities at Orygen, you will be subject to the reasonable control and direction of Orygen. You consent to the University disclosing to Orygen your personal employment information solely for the purposes of facilitating your secondment to Orygen, and that such disclosure will not be a breach of any of your privacy rights.

A Research Assistant is required to support a project investigating self-harm presentations to Emergency Departments across Victoria and examining the barriers to delivering optimal treatment in these settings.

The project comprises a number of components including:

  • The expansion of an existing research protocol to four new Emergency Department (ED) sites across metro and regional Victoria;
  • The collection, coding and analysis of retrospective triage data from each site, as well as regular reporting and data linkage across sites;
  • Conducting qualitative interviews, focus groups and surveys with ED staff to understand the barriers they experience when working with people who present with self-harm;
  • Conducting qualitative interviews, focus groups and surveys with consumers and families to understand the barriers they experience in receiving optimal care in ED settings.
  • Contributing to the development of educational/ training resources and recommendations to improve clinical care at each site.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for recruiting trial participants, conducting interviews and assessments, collecting and recording accurate study data and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders. The post holder may be required to work on other trials or projects within other areas of research.

This position reports to the Chief Investigator and the Project Manager. 

To ensure the University provides a safe environment for children, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please go to:

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.  We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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