Senior Research Officer in Health

Perth, Australia
06 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Graduate School of Eduation

  • Fixed-term opportunity for 6 months, full-time or part-time considered
  • Salary range: Level 7 $85,729 -$95,237 plus superannuation
  • Apply your data analysis and report writing skills to child mental health research

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities and is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight Australian research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environment, supported by the freedom to 'innovate and inspire', there is no better time to join Western Australia's top university.

The team

Education has been a keystone of the University of Western Australia for 100 years. Today, the Graduate School of Education maintains a tradition of excellence while taking on the challenges of developing educational practices for both global and local needs. The School attracts the highest quality academic, research and professional staff who work collaboratively with talented educators to positively impact on the lives of young people. The incumbent’s contribution and leadership under limited supervision to the research profile of the School in this area of high impact research will be substantial.

About the opportunity

The Graduate School of Education has been successful in gaining funding from beyondblue for the project: Phase 2 of the National Mental health and Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services.

beyondblue is currently undertaking the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services. The study aims to provide a detailed understanding of the mental health of current and former personnel in police and emergency services (PES) throughout Australia and the factors that can influence workers’ health and wellbeing.

The Study has three phases with Phase 2 (this project), being a nationally representative survey of current and former PES personnel. The survey aims to understand and measure the prevalence of common mental health conditions, suicide, key risk and protective factors, stigma and help seeking behaviours among this population. This research will establish important national baseline measures and equip beyondblue and the emergency services sector with clear evidence about the issues affecting the mental health of PES workers and the best ways to provide support.

The survey involves employees, volunteers and former employees from police, ambulance, fire and rescue and state emergency services. A total of 33 agencies from across Australia have participated in the survey. Survey fieldwork is now nearing completion with a sample of 20,000 responses.

As the appointee you will be part of a small team working on this project. You will primarily be involved in the analysis of the survey data and contributing to the final report on the survey results to beyondblue as well as providing individual reports to PES agencies.

To be considered for this role, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Relevant degree qualification (e.g. public health, psychology, health promotion, biostatistics) and/or substantial relevant research experience at an appropriate level.
  • Strong analytical abilities and knowledge of quantitative data analysis methods
  • Demonstrated ability to use SAS (or equivalent statistical package) for data management and statistical analysis
  • Substantial experience with large data sets and statistical modelling
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise tasks and manage tight timelines
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and to work productively as part of a team
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to communicate research findings to technical and lay audiences
  • Skills in effective negotiation and problem solving

The position description outlines full details of the position’s responsibilities and its selection criteria. Applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: 18 March 2018

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

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

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