Project Assistant Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


Job description:

  • Work in Parkville, just a hop away from the CBD, Melbourne Zoo & Queen Victoria Markets
  • Attractive salary $80,489 per annum (pro rata if part time) or $50.92 per hour (if casual) + super
  • Short-term contract till Dec 2023
  • Multiple positions available

What’s in it for you?

  • Maximise your pay through salary packaging including entertainment and novated leases
  • Enjoy flexible working options
  • Unrivalled opportunity to join a reputable organisation
  • Be part of a team who are passionate about making a difference
  • On campus, we have a myriad of retail stores, cafes, restaurants along with a boutique hotel

The opportunity:

Child mental health problems are common; almost 14 percent of 4 to 17-year-olds have a diagnosable mental health problem. Schools provide an ideal platform to facilitate prevention and early intervention for problem behaviours, thoughts and feelings in a universal, non-stigmatising context. However, the existing interface between the education/healthcare mental health systems is unable to adequately meet the needs of children with mental health problems.

The Policy and Equity Group (Mental Health Research & Policy) is working in partnership with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and the Victorian Department of Education (DE) to roll out a new program state wide aimed at building the capability of Victorian primary schools to better support student mental health and wellbeing. The program includes a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader (MHWL) role in Victorian primary schools. This new role includes a structured training program for the new MHWLs, which is being delivered by MGSE. The MHWL and accompanying training (“the MHWL model”) is an additional resource for schools, and is designed to increase support for teachers in addressing mental health needs of students as well as building their confidence and skills in this area. The overarching project including implementation and evaluation components, is known as the Mental Health in Primary Schools (MHIPS) project.

The MHIPS project is looking for Project Assistant to support the project.

The Project Assistant will provide support with a wide range of research administrative tasks, including participant recruitment, liaison with schools and participants from within the school community, monitoring survey completion, data entry, survey preparation, phone-call follow-up, amongst a range of other tasks. Familiarity with Redcap or similar database would be an advantage.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Assisting research team with school and participant recruitment and engagement via phone and email
  • Assisting research team with data collection from schools and research participants
  • Supporting the project team to manage competing priorities and deadlines and deliver projects in a timely manner
  • Contributing to preparation, collection and distribution of information and data as required by the project and group

About you:

  • Degree/Honours/Masters qualification in Health or related discipline (e.g. psychology, public health, social sciences)
  • Demonstrated experience with participant recruitment and survey data collection and/or qualitative data collection, particularly in a school context
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience with Redcap or similar database would be an advantage

Who we are

At Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, we share a powerful vision; to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We are renowned for our cutting-edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnosis, prevention, and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multi-disciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health. Murdoch Children’s is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity, equity and respect that celebrates and values the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our people. We strive to foster a positive working environment that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and consideration for the diverse voices of our people and the communities we serve. Murdoch Children’s is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability and is a committed subscriber to Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) and its principles.

For more information, please refer to the position description. Any specific questions related to this position should be directed to Rachel Smith at [email protected]

To be considered, applicants should submit:

Please submit your application in one combined pdf document.

We welcome all genders, ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, abilities, religions and sexual orientations in our workplace and encourage talented people of any identity to apply to our vacancies. We will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace, please contact the People Leader listed above if this is needed.

All applicants, please be aware that in line with the Murdoch Children’s and VCGS COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all Murdoch Children’s and VCGS workers must be fully vaccinated (boosted), unless a valid medical exception applies.

Please note, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Closing date: 16 August 2023



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