Research Assistant - NIMAC (Identified)
Wagga Wagga, NSW
- Are you passionate about Aboriginal Health?
- Use your experience as a Research Assistant to support a rewarding program!
- Excellent remuneration $50,000 - $67,000!
- Option for full-time or part-time (0.7 EFT - 1.0 EFT)!
About the Organisation
The Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation (RivMed) is a not-for-profit leader in the provision of primary health care services.
RivMed aims to provide services which reflect the growing need of Aboriginal people to have access to primary health care services. These include preventative health care programs such as dental services, screening programs and health education programs. The core programs also reflect the need to continue to address the inequality in health outcomes that continue. Those core programs include medical services, eye health and family health, drug and alcohol counselling and advocacy support.
About The Novel Interventions into Methamphetamine Usage in Young Aboriginal Communities (NIMAC) Program
The Novel Interventions to Address Methamphetamine Use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (NIMAC) program was developed in response to deep concern about the increasing use of methamphetamine in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The primary outcomes of the NIMAC project are to reduce methamphetamine use in Aboriginal communities, increase knowledge about the patterns and context of methamphetamine use, and to provide better support for users and their families. The NIMAC collaborators comprise leading Australian researchers in drug and alcohol research, and ten Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in urban, regional, and remote locations around Australia.
About the Opportunity
RivMed has an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant (NIMAC) to work as part of the Drug and Alcohol Support Team based in Wagga Wagga, NSW on a full or part-time basis.
Reporting to the Family Health Team Leader, this rewarding role requires you to work with RivMed's Drug and Alcohol Team in support of the National Health and Medical Research Council grant awarded to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
As a Research Assistant, you will interact with a range of stakeholders within the local Aboriginal community, Aboriginal community organisations, Aboriginal medical services, local health services, and SAHMRI staff.
More specifically, your key duties will include:
- Supporting development, implementation, documentation and outcomes of the study's research activities;
- Liaising and working with members of the community and health services to maintain the grant's activities;
- Assisting the implementation of capacity building initiatives of the study in the local community;
- Assisting with the development and implementation of knowledge translation activities for the study;
- Creating new research databases; and
- Participating in special training to continuously improve processes, tools, systems and organisation within the local community.
RivMed is seeking a proactive and flexible individual who has an excellent knowledge of Aboriginal practices, health promotion, outreach and intake program work, and a high understanding of illicit drug issues. You will also have the proven ability to initiate, execute and complete research projects.
To succeed in this position, you will have a Certificate III/IV in Aboriginal Health, Drug and Alcohol or other health sciences relevant to Aboriginal health priorities. You will also have demonstrated experience working in these fields.
The successful candidate will have a current driver's license and the ability to travel in regional and interstate areas. Candidates from the Riverina area who wish to work outside of Wagga Wagga will also be considered.
You will be a strong, reliable and self-motivated person with outstanding communication skills. Having knowledge of the Aboriginal communities serviced by RivMed will be looked upon favourably.
Please note: Aboriginality is essential to this role and is a genuine occupational requirement and racial discrimination is prohibited as outlined under Section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
About the Benefits
In recognition of your hard work and dedication, you will enjoy an excellent remuneration $50,000 - $67,000 plus super and salary sacrificing options.
The organisation is passionate about providing quality health care solutions to Aboriginal communities and will give you the opportunity to significantly impact the lives of local residents.
Don't miss this opportunity to directly affect the success of a vital community organisation — Apply Now!