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Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Officer

Job no: V12331
Work type: Ongoing Full Time
Location: Any - Any location
Categories: Strategy & Policy

Ahpra considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position. This position is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants in accordance with relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation.

Ahpra has a strong commitment to cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and in partnership with the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group (the strategy group) have committed to eliminating racism within healthcare in Australia.

Ahpra, as the health practitioner regulator, aims to make patient safety the norm for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by ensuring registered health practitioners are practising their profession in a culturally safe way.

About the Role

You’ll be responsible for leading ground-breaking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed cultural safety research in healthcare regulation.

You’ll work with the Research Officer (Identified) to provide specialist research advice and achieve project deliverables. Both Identified researcher roles will regularly collaborate and receive support from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Unit (HSU). The HSU is responsible for leading the implementation of the Strategy, the RAP and working with the Strategy Group.

Reporting to the Manager of Research Analytics and Insights you’ll be positioned within the Research and Evaluation Team, and support the implementation of the Strategy and work across the agency to embed cultural safety through evidence-based research into the business and operations of Ahpra and in the healthcare system.

You play a key role in supporting a high-performing research team across a range of functions through the development, implementation, coordination, evaluation and translation of research projects.

You’ll work across research projects that provide a sound empirical basis for the regulation of Australian health practitioners registered under the National Scheme.

You’ll work collaboratively with your peers whilst leading dedicated projects in alignment with the research priorities and principles as detailed in the Research Framework for the National Scheme.

Success in this role derives from:

  • your strong connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, communities and culture;
  • working, knowing and living as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person;
  • your strong written communication skills to tailor the communication of research findings to a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

As the ideal candidate you’ll demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent understanding, demonstration of, and strong respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and cultures and cultural safety.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills engaging with stakeholders particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and to enable open information sharing within a team.
  • Extremely strong written communication skills with the ability to translate technical communication concisely for diverse audiences such as boards and executive management.
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research principles.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in social research, ethnographic research or quantitative research and evaluation experience would be advantageous.
  • Relevant research qualification in health, allied health, public health, social science or social research.

You can review the role descriptor here:Download File RD Senior Indigenous Research Officer (final).pdf

What's on offer

  • This is a permanent work level 6 position.
  • Flexible 3 days working from home with 2 days in the office.
  • Access to an Indigenous Employee Assistance Program.
  • Support and access to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network.
  • Access to a formal mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
  • Cultural leave entitlements, as part of the Ahpra Enterprise Agreement.
  • Attractive salary of $104,576 per annum plus superannuation.

How To Apply
Click ‘Apply Now’ after viewing the role descriptor to submit your application.

Your application must include a CV and a cover letter (maximum of two pages) outlining your skills and experience relevant to the requirements in the role descriptor.

For any queries or a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Sarah Anderson on 03 8708 9052 or Majella Casson on 07 3149 6998 via email at    

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