The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs



3-year PhD scholarships | closing date 17th February 2017 at midnight AEDT (GMT+11)

The Burnet Institute Centre for Population Health implements novel, multidisciplinary scientific programs that use cutting-edge epidemiology, high quality laboratory science, excellent clinical and social research, and strong public health principles to address major health problems in Australia, in Asia and the Pacific, with a particular focus on highly vulnerable populations.

The Centre is offering a number of full-time 3-year PhD scholarships with an anticipated start date in 2017. The scholarships provide an opportunity to undertake a PhD working with a dynamic, interdisciplinary team working at the forefront of population health research.

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Research Officer | National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Medicine

 Applications close: 16 February 2017

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Australia that is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct high quality research and related activities that increase the effectiveness of treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.

About the role

  • Research Officer Level 5/6 plus (9% superannuation and leave loading)
  • Six month position
  • Full-time hours (35 hours per week)

This position is to work on a study assessing the feasibility of an early warning system to allow rapid assessment of changes in drug use and related problems.

This study will involve a systematic search and wide consultation with key experts across legal, healthcare, policy and other spheres in Australia, to identify and understand the nature of available data that could be collected in a timely fashion to inform such a system.

The outputs of this project include a publicly available database containing information on existing data sources, and recommendations about the feasibility and design of a feasible EWS in Australia.

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the early stages of a new stage of drug surveillance in Australia. You would be working closely with Professors Louisa Degenhardt and Michael Farrell, and Drs Amy Peacock and Courtney Breen at NDARC, and collaborating with a range of other key researchers at the Centre. You would also be working with key experts in the alcohol and drug field across Australia.

This will be a unique opportunity to be involved in work that will directly impact policy, practice, and future research endeavours.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on a project which has the potential to change how drug and alcohol data are collected and used in Australia;
  • Learn about conducting large scale reviews which directly impact policy, practice, and future research endeavours;
  • Liaise with key experts in the alcohol and drug field in Australia;
  • Develop a useful database which will be widely-used by academics, policy-makers and the general public

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

Level 5

  • A relevant degree in behavioural sciences, social sciences, public or epidemiology
  • Capacity to liaise with other agencies and professionals
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organisational skills including the ability to prioritise a range of tasks and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated skills in data management and statistical analysis
  • Skills in using Microsoft Excel, Access and Endnote will be highly regarded, but are not essential.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

Level 6:

  • Proven high-level organisational skills and ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Record of peer-reviewed papers
  • Research experience using administrative databases

You should address the selection criteria in your expression of interest.
Contact: Dr. Amy Peacock
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T: (61 2) 9385 0192
Applications close: 16 February 2017



lan O'Rourke Scholarship in Patient Safety - Applications Open

The lan O'Rourke Scholarship is designed to allow participants to develop better skills in integrating evidence from research in health care quality and safety policy and programs. lt is named in honour of the late Dr lan O'Rourke AO, Chief Executive Officer of the lnstitute for Clinical Excellence (2002 - 2004). ln 2014, the Scholarship was revised from a 3-year PhD scholarship, to a travel scholarship that is awarded annually. lt is open to all employees of NSW Health facilities and/or agencies, and employees of NSW-based academic institutions. Under the guidance of a nominated local mentor, lan O'Rourke scholars will investigate an issue of interest, based on improving quality and safety in health care, and will include a visit to a nominated national or international agency with expertise in the chosen field. Successful applicants will receive funding, up to a maximum of $10,000. Applications for the scholarship will be accepted up until S pm on Friday 24 February 2017

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