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Posted date: 04 / 06 / 2024

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI686
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Sunday, 30 Jun 2024
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Full-Time, 12-Month Fixed Term Contract

The Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme (AHE) at SAHMRI, located on the lands of the Kaurna people, is a leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led unit dedicated to wellbeing and achieving health equity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia through quality and safe health and medical research.

Research focus: Healthy Ageing.

Leaving no-one behind is an NHMRC funded project that leverages big data to respond to calls for evidence-driven reforms in aged care from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Indigenous community.

We are looking for an experienced Epidemiologist to lead the epidemiological and statistical data analysis and provide research project support. Working closely with the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) and the Program Lead, Population Health Research, this role will be integral for generating high quality evidence to inform recommendations that will improve the standard of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in aged care facilities or the community.

About the role

This position’s purpose is to conduct and lead high quality research in aged and health care services for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that supports the aims of the project. Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct high quality research with a focus on health, health services, and aged care services for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including planning, execution, statistical analyses and publication.
  • Contribute to the activities of the collaborative research between AHE ­and ROSA, focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals in aged care settings.
  • Working independently as well as collaboratively with AHE, ROSA team, research partners, consumer representatives, staff and stakeholders of the research project.
  • Support and embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance in the research, including by working closely with the ROSA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.
  • Liaise, coordinate, and support the ROSA team on new and existing ethics amendments required for the research in a timely manner.
  • Contribute to (including leading), the preparation of papers for publication in high impact peer-reviewed journals.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • PhD in Epidemiology, Statistics, Data Science or a related discipline as well as demonstrated experience contributing to research projects relating to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Islander organisations or communities is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency working with SAS, R, or Stata (at least in one statistical software package) and with large population-based datasets independently (government administrative e.g. child protection, youth justice, welfare, MBS, PBS).
  • Knowledge of systems and processes to support the collation and management of high-quality data and accuracy in research.
  • Understanding of the Australian and additional Indigenous specific ethical requirements and processes of human research.
  • Knowledge of the health care sector in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternal and Child Health Care Providers, Advocacy Community Groups and community groups (desirable).


Special Requirements

  • Some out of hours work may be required.
  • DCSI Employment Screening and Police Checks may be required.
  • Some travel interstate and intrastate, including to urban, regional, or remote parts of South Australia may be required.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900!  Ordinarily, your employer takes out income tax from your pay and deposits the remainder into your bank account. You then pay all your living expenses – including your rent or mortgage, car repayments, insurances, groceries and utility bills – and if you’re lucky, have a bit left over.  But with salary packaging with us, you still get paid the same salary, but we help you pay those same expenses before tax is taken out! This creates a huge savings for you - your taxable income could go down, your disposable income could go up, and with some of these expenses already taken care of, you could have more money for other essentials and surprises! To play with a calculator to see how much you could save, check out more information on the Maxxia website.

For a copy of the full position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Odette Pearson at

Applications close: 11:29pm ACST on Sunday 30th June 2024

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Sunday, 30 Jun 2024


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