Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Research Fellow

Deakin University


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Work type:Part-time
Location:Melbourne – Burwood

  • Based at our Melbourne, Burwood Campus
  • Part time (0.6 EFT) and Fixed term for 3 years
  • Level B $104,619 – $123,739 + 17% Superannuation (pro rata part time)

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities. 

Deakin’s Faculty of Health is recognised in Australia and internationally for its teaching, training, research and service to its communities. The Aboriginal Health Practitioner/Research Fellow(Grade 2) in Aboriginal Health will support and assist with quality research into issues affecting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal patients engaged with Western Health.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Initiate, designs and conducts and may lead productive, high-quality research, scholarship and creative activities generating high impact outputs
  • Engage collaboratively to develop novel and high-quality research or creative activities
  • Widely communicates outputs to discipline(s) and the community
  • Ensure impact of academic activity in the field and the community
  • Support seeking funding for research and creative activities
  • Build national reputation, based on growing, focused body of work recognised for quality, excellence and impact
  • Initiate, design, conduct and may lead in development of industry partnerships and collaboration to enable major breakthroughs, innovative solutions for future translation into real world impact
  • Support and may lead in applications for external competitive and other funding, and demonstrates sustained efforts
  • Build track record of timely delivery of outcomes for industry partners
  • Initiate, design, conduct and may lead innovation and translation into policies, frameworks, strategy, priority setting and other outcomes to create positive impact
  • Initiate, design, conduct and may lead innovation and translation into products, services, new ways of operating and other avenues to create positive impact
  • Demonstrate timely delivery of translation outcomes
  • Supervise honours and/or HDR students with timely completions and productive, high quality outcomes
  • Provide effective mentoring to HDR students to support professional and career development and employability
  • Adopt and promote a culture of research excellence, innovation and impact

Key selection criteria for this role:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline and/or other relevant qualifications and experience
  • Emerging reputation in research and scholarship through publications and/or exhibitions
  • Ability to make a contribution to communities through research
  • Capacity to contribute to leadership of research and administration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues
  • An understanding of Aboriginal health issues, systems and policies at the local and state level
  • Demonstrated commitment and capability to make a positive difference in Aboriginal health and/or wellbeing
  • Ability to engage the Aboriginal Community

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

 PD -Aborginal Health Practitioner_Research Fellow Grade 2.pdf

The intention of the position description is to provide an outline of scope and responsibilities, at a point in time. Please note, responsibilities may evolve in accordance with organisational needs.

Applications for this position 22 May 2023 at 11.55pm.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.


  • Frequent/Regular/Infrequent travel will be required describe further (e.g., interstate or overseas travel is required or regular travel within Victoria, not including between campuses)
  • Drivers Licence 
  • Working with Children Check

Please submit your updated resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Professor Bodil Rasmussen, Chair in Nursing, Western Health Partnership, at [email protected]

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic, and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

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