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Program Manager

Posted date: 07 / 03 / 2023

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI577
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Applications close Friday, 31 Mar 2023
  • Contact Karen.Glover@sahmri.com
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Full-Time, 5 Year Contract

About the role

Salary range: $105,000 - $125,000


At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

An exciting new opportunity is available to play a key role role in establishing, implementing, overseeing, and monitoring the ongoing success of a multi-disciplinary program of work to create culturally safe care to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander parent/s and caregiver/s from the perinatal period to the early years of life that will enable Aboriginal families to flourish.

You will support the establishment and ongoing research, capacity-building, partnerships and knowledge translation activities of a NHMRC targeted call grant Improving Indigenous Maternal, Child Health and the Early Years. This research aims to reverse health inequities and improve the long-term health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families through self-determined, and co-designed care. We also aim to inform national and state based maternal and child health strategies and provide recommendations for Indigenous populations globally.


About the Role

Under the guidance of Ms Karen Glover and Assoc/Prof Yvonne Clark, the Program Manager will be integral to designing and implementing the research program.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Ethical conduct: ensuring the research is congruent with world best practice
  • Project coordination including establishment, implementation and monitoring of five program streams via management of stream coordinators
  • Site auditing and monitoring
  • Reporting (ethics, investigators and stakeholders)


About You

The role requires strong communication skills, extensive experience in program coordination and management, flexibility, and the ability to engage in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways with both internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • Higher degree in public health, psychology, or other appropriate discipline, and/or equivalent relevant experience in a work environment, preferably Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal/infant (perinatal) health
  • Extensive experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, preferably in the healthcare setting
  • Experience working in public health and/or health services research
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, and historical determinants of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing
  • Experience with project planning and management of research processes
  • Practical experience in the conduct of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Takes responsibility in the context of the research protocol and ethical conduct of research


Special Requirements

  • Travelling to research sites is required for the conduct of the study and/or training local research support personnel. The successful applicant must be prepared to work away from home for periods of time.
  • The successful applicant will undergo DCSI Employment Screening and Police Checks in South Australia and Western Australia.
  • All employees are required to be immunised in accordance with the requirements of the Hospital in which they are working or be willing to be vaccinated at the cost of the Institute.
  • A current driver’s license is 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. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. This reduces your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax and take home more of what you earn. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.


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

For more information, please contact Karen Glover at Karen.Glover@sahmri.com

Applications close: 11:29pm ACST Sunday 2 April 2023


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 Friday, 31 Mar 2023

Contact Karen.Glover@sahmri.com

Apply now

Equity & Diversity at SAHMRI

At SAHMRI, we live our commitment to equity and diversity every day: respecting people as individuals and valuing differences to create a working environment that is fair and flexible, promotes personal and professional growth and benefits from the capabilities of a diverse workforce.

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