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Midwife Research Officer

Apply now Job no: 514921
Work type: Part-time
Location: Flexible, Other - Regional Victoria
Categories: Research, Health

  • Based in the Grampians area of Western Victoria
  • Part-time (0.2), fixed term for 2 years
  • HEW 6 $82,494 + 17% Superannuation

Deakin’s Faculty of Health is recognised in Australia and internationally for its teaching, training, research and service to its communities. Working as part of the School of Medicine, the Midwife Research Officer will play a key role in the implementation of The Pregnancy Research and Translation Ecosystem (PRT-E), led by Professor Peter Vuillermin.

Responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of improved data collection via Birthing Outcomes System (BOS), the Midwife Research Officer will also contribute to the Stakeholder Working Group comprising consumers and health professionals from each of the participating centres. The Working Group will be trained and supported by the established systems of Deakin University’s Institute of Health Transformation (IHT) to identify drivers of safety and quality in pregnancy care, and to then co-design and prioritise research questions to be addressed using the internationally unique BOS/GenV data resource. In addition, the appointee will promote engagement with PRT-E among stakeholders at each organisation. In so doing, PRT-E will provide an exemplar of co-creation to drive health service reform and a formidable platform for future competitive research funding.

We are seeking applications from midwives currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia who are interested in developing a research component to their roles, prior research experience is beneficial yet not essential.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop, implement and maintain improved data collection via Birthing Outcomes System (BOS)
  • Contribute to the Stakeholder Working Group to identify and prioritise drivers of pregnancy outcomes and related research questions
  • Assist in the co-design of a multi-centre response adaptive randomised (RAR) control trial to safely reduce Caesarean section rates
  • Assist in the funding applications to perform the multi-centre response adaptive randomised (RAR) control trial
  • Promote engagement with PRT-E among stakeholders at each organisation
  • Assist in the evaluation of PRT-E with regards knowledge translation, the benefits of partnered research as it relates to shaping research questions, the research process itself and applying the research outcomes in practice
  • Contribute to project coordination

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • An equivalent combination of training and experience or a qualification in Midwifery
  • Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully coordinating and delivering educational workshops / courses *desirable
  • Experience in stakeholder or partner management, and development of strategic partnerships, collaborations or funding opportunities and applications, and/or experience in coordination or administration of educational or professional training programs *desirable
  • Strong working knowledge of the Birthing Outcomes System
  • Proven capability to work positively and effectively as part of a collaborative work team, to accommodate and work well with different working styles and to work independently where required
  • Demonstrated ability to organise and plan, and to meet rigid and conflicting demands and deadlines, along with the ability to adapt to changed priorities.
  • Explores concepts and insights, generates new ideas and a range of innovative solution

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

Download File Position Description - Midwife Research Officer Grampians - 514921.pdf

Applications for this position close on the 1st of August, 2022.


  • Frequent travel will be required within the Grampians area of Western Victoria
  • Victorian Driver Licence
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Record Check

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

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Professor Peter Vuillermin, Chair in Medicine and Director of Research, at peter.vuillermin@deakin.edu.au

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 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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