Research Assistant Health Promotion in Indigenous Eye Health
Work type: Fixed Term
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Salary: $69,148 - $93,830 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - 9.5% superannuation
Unlike many illnesses and disabilities, most poor eye health is preventable or treatable. Although Australian Indigenous people are reported to have the world’s best vision, as a group they have rates of blindness and vision loss at least 10 times higher than mainstream. Much of the poor eye health is due to inappropriate or inadequate health service delivery. In addition, Australia is the only developed country to still have trachoma and in many outback areas, Indigenous communities have rates of trachoma as high as anywhere in the world. This blinding, infectious disease disappeared from mainstream Australia 100 years ago but a concerted program to address trachoma in Australia is still to be implemented.
The successful applicant will join a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of researchers working on Indigenous eye health. You will be based in the Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) Group in the Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health.
As part of a small team, the Research Assistant will support and contribute to the work of IEH developing, implementing and delivering health promotion and social marketing strategies designed to support the Roadmap. The work will focus on trachoma health promotion and social marketing and will utilise a number of Indigenous sport, art, media and community groups to engage and raise awareness of trachoma elimination and the availability of eye health services. The role requires engaging with children and adults in remote Indigenous communities and with health, education and other partners and sector stakeholders.
This position will enable the Research Assistant to contribute to improvements in Indigenous eye health delivering genuine community outcome and benefit. This work is of national and international significance, and provides an opportunity to contribute to the systematic implementation of evidence-based sustainable public health strategies using Indigenous eye health as a model.
The IEH is led by Melbourne Laureate Professor, Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, Professor Hugh R Taylor AC. The Research Assistant will report directly to the lead of the trachoma team. As a member of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health’s academic team, the successful candidate will be expected to support the broad ethos of the School and the School’s compliance with University policies and procedures, including environmental health and safety.
IEH strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians.
For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please go to: https://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria
Applications close: 26 Nov 2018 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time