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Project Officer

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Administration

Project Officer

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  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The School of Psychiatry is widely reputed as the pre-eminent psychiatric research department in the country, and one of the leading university groups internationally. It is located at the UNSW teaching hospitals at various metropolitan sites in the Sydney region and in rural New South Wales. The main administrative unit is located within the Black Dog Institute at Randwick. The School is a dynamic organisation and has a reputation for excellence and success in attracting nationally competitive research grant funding. It participates in teaching UNSW’s undergraduate medical students and administers postgraduate research and coursework programs.

The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry leads translational research in the area of intellectual disability mental health in Australia.

The Project Officer will work on two innovative digital resources. The first is the development of content, and management of our e-learning platform This platform delivers online courses for health and disability professionals and carers in the area of intellectual disability health. The second major project is the development of a new App “MySigns” which can be used by mental health professionals to support mental health assessment of people with intellectual disability and significant communication difficulties. The app will catalogue the unique objective mental state indicators for a person with intellectual disability who has difficulties with communication and will be used in association with the person’s carer. The Project Officer will also have the opportunity to contribute to other projects and research within the Department, including drafting of manuscripts for publication.

The role of Project Officer reports to the Lecturer, and has no direct reports. 

About the role

  • $85-91k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

• Liaise with key stakeholders including people with an intellectual disability, carers, disability workers, clinicians, government and non-government agencies, and academics and coordinate reference groups for the projects

• Liaise with the Human Research Ethics Committee, Advisory group, and other project stakeholders to ensure the projects meet UNSW ethical and peer-review standards and requirements

• Develop, launch and evaluate evidence-based e-learning modules about mental and physical health issues in people with intellectual disability for disability and health professionals, including conducting literature research, carrying out consultation, developing learning outcomes, writing content, devising learning activities, arrange promotion and accreditation, and collect, analyse and publish resulting data

• Perform tasks associated with the maintenance and expansion of the e-learning website including contributing to the preparation of competitive funding applications and research outputs, including reports and manuscripts for publication in high impact journals.

• Research, select and work with a web developer to create the resource and write website copy

• Carry out research interviews with clinicians and carers and focus groups with people with intellectual disability and analyses and report the findings.

• Coordinate the development, launch, promotion and evaluation of the resource • Perform other duties requested by the supervisor 

• Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Selection Criteria:

• Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology or a relevant discipline

• Knowledge, experience and understanding of clinical concepts and practices in mental and/or physical health of people with disabilities

• Experience in creating health or digital resources in an online environment.

• Demonstrated written communication skills, including ability to produce high quality written materials in different styles and formats appropriate to diverse audiences.

• Demonstrated verbal communication skills, including ability to develop effective relationships with diverse stakeholders, and ability to conduct interviews and/or focus groups

• Demonstrated ability to evaluate, analyse and synthesise information from diverse sources, develop a systematic project plan and produce written findings and recommendations

• Demonstrated understanding and experience of empirical research principles, methods and processes, including the ability to design and implement a quantitative research protocol, and experience in quantitative analysis

• Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training. 

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online



Rachel Roth



Applications close:   11:00pm 31st January 2019

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