Lived-Experience Research Fellow or Associate (ALIVE National Centre Partnership Project)

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
07 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job no: 0059839
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time (0,4 FTE); Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: The Department of General Practice and Primary Care
Salary: Level A – $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to a national mental health research project, involving research, data analysis, and ethics management.
  • Use your lived experience to support mental health and well-being research to enable people to thrive.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The appointee will be employed by the ALIVE National Centre for Mental Health Research Translation administered within The Department of General Practice and Primary Care in the Melbourne Medical School as a Lived-Experience Researcher.  The appointee will work as a research fellow or associate on the Neami National Head to Health Implementation Co-Evaluation Project. The appointee will play a key role in the coordination of the project and its meetings, the conduct of research activities such as telephone and in-person interviews, data management and will contribute to data analysis. They will work closely with the Senior Research Fellow Priority Populations, with Centre research staff, and with the project’s Lived-Experience co-evaluation research team.

This role involves travel to project sites nationally as required.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Participating in the design and conduct of research activities as a member of a large, multidisciplinary, nationally-based research team comprising researchers with lived experience of mental health challenges working with academic and clinical researchers.
  • Undertaking both qualitative and quantitative data collection in the project.
  • Performing data analysis and synthesis of evaluation data and content.
  • Supporting the preparation and monitoring of ethics approvals.
  • Preparing evaluation outputs as required, either in the form of presentations, written reports, using thematic analysis methods to explore data, writing case studies of individual Head to Health Sites, or developing experience maps, storyboards and other creative methods and approaches.

Who We Are Looking For

You will have experience in writing and preparing research outputs, supporting paper development, and familiarity with ethics application preparation and monitoring. You will possess experience in conducting qualitative interviews, analysing and reporting qualitative outcomes, and, ideally, prior experience with universities and mental health service sector partners, community engagement, or research involving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

You will also have:

  • Masters or PhD degree in a relevant health field, or equivalent research experience in a similar role.
  • Ability to map project timelines and to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Understanding of qualitative theory and practice, complex adaptive systems and evaluation methods.
  • Experience working as a researcher with lived expertise within diverse communities, including cross cultural settings.
  • Experience bringing your lived-experience/living expertise of ongoing distress and mental ill-health, with understanding of service systems, into the research role and applying this to research activities.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – “The Department of General Practice and Primary Care“ / "The ALIVE National Centre for Mental Health Research Translation"

The Department of General Practice and Primary Care originated as a unit within the Department of Community Medicine in 1977. Our cross-cutting research themes include clinical biostatistics, implementation science, clinical informatics, co-design, and health services research. The Department also has successful research programs in specialised areas in Cancer; Children and Young People’s Health; Clinical Data Informatics, Data Driven Quality Improvement, Integrated Mental Health; Sexual Health, and Abuse and Violence.

The ALIVE National Centre for Mental Health Research Translation is funded for five years (2021-2026) under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Special Initiative in Mental Health. The Centre’s Mission is transforming mental health and well-being through primary care and community action. The Centre’s research objectives are to: embed novel preventive life course models; implement models of care that lead to longer, healthier lives in priority populations; and implement  Lived-Experience models and leadership. Priority populations in the Centre currently are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people who live with severe mental ill-health with unmet physical health needs.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

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Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 1 October 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0059839_Lived-Experience Research Fellow or Associate (ALIVE National Centre Partnership Project)_PD.pdf

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