Position as research project coordinator at AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

  • Coordinate the activity of an innovative research study on mental health and well-being
  • Facilitate compliance with Good Clinical Practice guidelines
  • Full-time, temporary position until December 2022

About ACU:

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community that welcomes students and staff of all faiths. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses – Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown and Rome.

As valued members of our community, all employees are expected to understand and actively contribute to ACU’s mission and values.

About the Faculty of Health Sciences:

The Faculty of Health Sciences comprises three faculties: Allied Health, Behavioral and Health Sciences and Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. There are currently around 14,000 students (EFTSL) and 530 (FTE) staff at the faculty in the disciplines: occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, movement science, movement physiology, nutritional science, biomedicine, nursing, midwifery, paramedicine, physiotherapy, psychology and public health. The faculty is represented at seven ACU locations. The current research focus of the faculty is in the areas of cardiovascular diseases and metabolism, health services research, nutrition, sports performance and rehabilitation, psychology and mental health. For more information on the faculty go to: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/faculties-directorates-and-staff/faculty-of-health-sciences

About the National School of Behavioral and Health Sciences:

The National School of Behavioral and Health Sciences is located on seven university campuses. The school is currently responsible for delivering programs in six subject areas: Biomedical Science, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Nutrition Science, Public Health and Psychology. For more information about the school go to: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/faculties-directorates-and-staff/faculty-of-health-sciences/school-of-behavioral-and-health-sciences

About the Healthy Brain and Mind Research Center:

The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Center aims to advance the knowledge critical to improving mental health, performance and well-being. Mental health and developmental disorders have a significant negative impact on mortality and social participation of the most vulnerable members of society and are among the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century. The center strives to make meaningful contributions to mental health, participation and well-being by integrating cutting-edge research expertise and technology from the fields of neuroscience, addiction science, clinical psychology, developmental psychology and rehabilitation science to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health to improve and developmental disabilities. The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Center comprises a research program focused on digital innovation in mental health and well-being.

About the Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing program:

This program aims to address the crisis in mental health service delivery through the development and testing of novel digital interventions that can be fully integrated into mental health services. The overarching focus of this program is to optimize the mental well-being of adolescents and adults diagnosed with serious mental illness, young people at risk for mental disorders and family caregivers. In particular, it aims to develop and test innovative digital interventions aimed at improving the delivery of mental health services in order to improve the mental well-being of both those affected and their family members.

About the role:

As the Research Project Coordinator, you will coordinate the day-to-day activities of the study entitled: A randomized controlled trial of moderated online social therapy for caregivers of patients with first-episode psychosis in real-world settings (Altitudes East West), funded by an ACU Research Funded program grant. Led by Professor John Gleeson, you will facilitate adherence to good clinical practice guidelines at the Melbourne and Perth sites and coordinate resources and communication to ensure key research goals of the project are met.

More specifically, the role includes:

  • Liaison with clinical staff and supervisors at headspace centers and other key stakeholders to establish and maintain effective working relationships to ensure study objectives can be met.
  • Maintaining relevant study databases, recommending and implementing improvements to improve document management for the project.
  • Coordinating the day-to-day activities required for the testing/interviews, data collection and data management, including mentoring the study RAs and directly participating in the complex data collection as required.
  • Track and report study resource usage, including budget, against study goals and schedules.

You must have:

  • An honors degree (or equivalent level of experience) or higher in psychiatric nursing, psychology, behavioral sciences, social sciences, or a related discipline.
  • Experience conducting treatment research with clinical teams in a mental health services environment, including online treatment studies.
  • Experience with data analysis (SPSS and Excel) and use of referencing software including conducting library searches (endnote).
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with stakeholders inside and outside the organization to leverage all available expertise in the pursuit of excellence.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to plan work effectively while meeting tight timeframes to manage a range of complex and competitive matters.

The university pursues an excellence agenda and provides an environment where employees are welcome, safe and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to apply:

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Total compensation valued at $107,300 – $116,130 total compensation (prorated) pa, including salary component $90,670 – $98,131 (prorated) pa (HEW 7), employer’s pension plan contribution and annual vacation charge.

General inquiries can be sent to Jennie Matthews, Senior Project Officer, Psychology (Melbourne) at: [email protected]

For a private and confidential discussion, please contact Professor John Gleeson, [email protected]

Only candidates with the right to work in Australia can apply for this position.

Equal opportunities and protection of personal data are university guidelines. For more information go to: www.acu.edu.au/careers

Learn more about the Benefits of working at ACU at: www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/careers-at-acu/why-work-at-acu

ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications are encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

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