Research Fellow, ORCHID Study

Albany, Australia
$105,043 - $124,301 p.a. pro rata plus 17% superannuation
09 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Rural Clinical School of WA

  • Position will predominately be based in Albany
  • Full time fixed term appointment ending 30th June 2027
  • Salary range: Level B $105,043 - $124,301 p.a. pro rata plus 17% superannuation
  • Aboriginality is considered a genuine occupational qualification for this role as per Section 50D Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA)

The University of Western Australia (UWA) Indigenous Strategy for research includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff at UWA and supporting them to build a research profile.

The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) is a unit within the UWA Medical School. The RCSWA spans a breadth of some 3,500kms across multiple sites in WA. The RCSWA conducts collaborative community and health services research to improve Aboriginal health outcomes in rural and remote Australia.

About the team  

The ORCHID Study has been funded until 30th June 2027 to help co-design and trial a family centred self-management support program for pregnant Aboriginal women with prediabetes. This project will also support the implementation of our simplified screening approaches. The ORCHID Study will help empower Aboriginal women and their families to make positive lifestyle choices aimed at improving birth outcomes and preventing progression of chronic diseases.

About the opportunity  

The successful applicant will use their Aboriginal cultural knowledge and community networks under the direction of ORCHID Study Co-Leads, inclusive of an Aboriginal Research Fellow. You will work with the ORCHID Study team and participating communities and their health services to help co-ordinate co-designing and trialling management strategies for Aboriginal women with prediabetes in pregnancy. You will also co-ordinate monitoring and evaluating implementation of simplified screening approaches for high blood glucose levels in pregnancy.

You will have the opportunity to yarn with Aboriginal women and their families, analyse and interpret these yarns, and share study results with communities and health services.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate: 

  • High level knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and society, and health and wellbeing and commitment to Aboriginal community consultation and control
  • Experience and training to a level equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy in a relevant health related research field or demonstrated equivalent competency such as community project co-ordination
  • Highly developed interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team

About you

This position will require the successful appointee to hold a current ‘C’ class driver’s licence.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File PD 512979.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria 

Closing date: Applications will remain open until the position is filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible for consideration.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Julia Marley on (08) 9194 3235 or at or Kimberley Aboriginal Research Fellow Erica Spry at

The successful applicant will be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. This position is being advertised under Section 50 (D) of the WA Equal Opportunity Act. Aboriginality is considered a genuine requirement for this position.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button. 

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

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