Clinical Research Officer

Sydney, Australia
22 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing the Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

In Macquarie’s newly established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences you’ll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is an internationally leading health services research facility. AIHI brings together three well-known, leading and highly successful Macquarie University research centres that work in the separate but related areas of clinical governance, implementation science, health informatics, health services and health systems and safety.

AIHI has experienced rapid growth and we anticipate this will continue in the foreseeable future. AIHI is a multidisciplinary environment and operates with a philosophy of teamwork and mutual professional support and respect. We have a strong environment for excellent scholarship, research activities and output. 

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR), one of the core research centres within AIHI The Centre is undertaking a study in collaboration with The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network to evaluate the impact of an electronic medication management (eMM) system for all patients across the State’s two major paediatric hospitals.

We will apply a stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial design to assess changes in medication errors and patient harm; and undertake medication audits, direct observational studies of medication administration errors and the workflow of oncologists, and interviews. We will also conduct a cost-effectiveness study of the eMM system.

This project will make a significant contribution nationally and internationally in delivering critical new evidence which will translate into better and safer system designs and use.  The project team is multi-disciplinary with members having backgrounds in medicine, paediatrics, clinical pharmacology, pharmacy, nursing, human factors, health informatics, biostatistics and health economics.

The Role:

We are seeking an experienced clinician (doctor, nurse or pharmacist) to undertake reviews of children’s medical records to prepare clinical case summaries for review by clinical teams. Tasks will include reviewing medication charts and clinical notes, extracting key information (medications, pathology etc) and preparing case summaries. Case summaries will be presented to clinical panels for the identification and classification of harm associated with medication errors. Work will be based at Macquarie University.

The position would be ideal for an experienced clinician with hospital experience who is seeking flexible working arrangements, or for those recently retired with considerable clinical experience who are interested in contributing to research and sharing their expertise and experience.

Applicants with extensive paediatric experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

For further information regarding this role, please click here to view the position description

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Respond to the selection criteria below and then upload the response as a separate document during the online application process.
  • Indicate whether they are seeking a full-time (100%) or fractional (%) appointment.

Selection Criteria:


  • Experienced (at least 5 years) hospital clinician (doctor, nurse or pharmacist) with qualifications in medicine, nursing or pharmacy who has been, or is, registered to practice in Australia, the UK, or a country with a similar health care system and practices to Australia.
  • Demonstrated experience in record review or audit.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, medication safety and quality use of medicines in hospital.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including with multi-disciplinary teams, e.g. presenting clinical information at meetings.


  • Recent experience in paediatrics.
  • Experience extracting clinical information from electronic health records.

Note: This position requires a valid Working with Children Check Clearance for NSW and a criminal record check. Qualification checks may also be required.

Salary Package:  From $90,330 to $97,937p.a. (HEW Level 7), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave. Pro-rata rates apply for part-time appointments.

Appointment type: Full-time or part-time fixed-term position for 18 months

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation  

General Recruitment Enquiries:  Daniella Oreskovic, on

Applications Close: 11:55pm on Sunday, 15 October 2017

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability (the AIHI is located in a wheelchair accessible building); women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.