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Research Assistant

  • LocationAlfred Health
  • Work TypeFull Time - Fixed Term
  • Positions1 Position
  • Applications Close AtCloses in 12 days
    Published on 13 Oct 2020
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  • Job no: 30870
  • Categories: Research, Other Research

Alfred Health

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.

  • Fixed Term (12 months)
  • Full Time (76 hours per fortnight)
  • 553 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, adjacent to Alfred Hospital


The Department

The National Gynae-Oncology Registry (NGOR) is a clinical quality registry designed to collect and analyse key clinical information about women with new primary gynaecological cancers in order to report on quality of care and patient outcomes. The NGOR has four modules, each based around a different tumour location. The first module, the ovarian cancer module, has been operational since late 2017.

The NGOR team was awarded a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant earlier this year to support the expansion of the ovarian cancer module. A key component of the MRFF supported project, referred to as the Ovarian Cancer Registry (OvCR), involves the collection of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) data. This aspect of the project will primarily be overseen by a Reference Group, the Chair of which is grant co-investigator A/Professor Penny Schofield from Swinburne University.


The Role

This research assistant position is grant-supported, and will primarily focus on the planning, coordination and collection of the PROs data. Other tasks that support the achievement of all pre-determined goals of the MRFF grant will also be required.

  • Engaging with PROMs experts, clinicians and consumers (patients); and working in collaboration with
  • Ovarian Cancer Australia, a patient advocacy group.
  • Managing the day-to-day of the PROMs component of the grant, including planning and later on, the actual collection and analysis of PROMs data.
  • Comparing IT platforms for PROMs data collection
  • Scheduling monthly PROMs reference group meetings, incl. minutes and agendas etc...
  • Regular liaison with the Chair of the PROMs reference group as well as the registry coordinator.
  • Organising and running consumer focus groups
  • Reviewing relevant literature/staying up-to-date with current literature
  • Drafting manuscripts for publication
  • Supporting the registry with other tasks including but not limited to ethics and site governance, data linkage, applications, data cleaning and recruitment



  • Relevant post-graduate qualification (PhD preferred)
  • First author publication(s) and/or authorship on several published manuscripts
  • Research experience; including experience working with confidential and sensitive information
  • Expertise in patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), qualitative data principles
  • Experience with consumer engagement within the context of clinical research
  • Experience with ethics and governance, data linkage and/or clinical quality registries preferred



  • Salary Packaging
  • Discount Health Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Child care services


Applications close 11pm 10 November 2020

Please submit to

  • A cover letter (no more than one page) that addresses the selection criteria.
  • Your CV (no more than two pages) stating all relevant education and work experience (including publications)
  • Referees do not need to be listed at this stage, but will be required if you are invited to an interview

Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.  Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.


Related documents

  • Closes in 12 days - 11 Nov 2020
  • Published on 13 Oct 2020, 9:50 PM