Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Salary: AUD $95,434 - $113,323 9.5% superannuation plus 9.5% superannuation

An exciting position exists for a talented quantitative social science researcher to further develop individual expertise and contribute across a program of work on the health of people with disabilities. You will work as part of a large multidisciplinary research team and over the course of the fellowship will develop your own program of research on disability and health with mentorship from senior researchers. You will apply for external funding to support your research. At the end of your contract you will be well placed to lead your own research program in the important, and emerging field, of disability and health.

You will work as a research fellow across two research projects: The Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) funded by the National Health Medical Research Council and an ARC Discovery project 'Disability, social mobility and the wellbeing of people with disabilities'.

The Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH)

The first research centre of its kind internationally, the CRE-DH will generate the evidence needed to guide social and health policy reform with the explicit intent of improving the health of working-age Australians with disabilities. The CRE-DH involves leading researchers from across Australia and internationally with expertise in epidemiology, health economics, health and social policy, psychology, psychiatry, public administration and public health.

A major focus of the CRE-DH is to produce a skilled workforce in disability and health. The research fellows and PhD students employed on the CRE-DH will participate in professional development activities to build content, scientific communication and methodological skills so that they are competitive for nationally competitive fellowships at the end of their contract or degrees.

The CRE-DH has four work programs:

  1. Mapping inequities in social and economic and health outcomes between people with and without disabilities
  2. Identification of the social determinants of health of people with disabilities
  3. Health economic modelling of the cost-effectiveness of policy interventions to improve the health of people with disabilities of
  4. Policy research to identify the key emerging issues in health and social policy related to people with disabilities

You will work primarily on work program two but will be expected to contribute to all work programs.

The Australian Research Council Discovery Grant

This grant specifically focusses on adults who acquire a disability and tracks the social and economic consequences of having a disability on their wellbeing. The project involves academics with skills in epidemiology, biostatistics and econometrics from Australian and overseas universities.

You will work across these two grants and, in collaboration with will other team members, will be responsible for all aspects of the research including: identifying key policy-relevant research questions, conducting complex quantitative analyses, write-up of findings in peer-reviewed journals and grey literature, and presentations to stakeholders from academia, government, advocacy groups and service providers. You will seek external funding and play a key role in all activities related to both projects.

You will be supervised by Professor Anne Kavanagh, Head of the Gender and Women's Health unit in the Centre for Health Equity within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health who leads both projects. Professor Kavanagh and the other Chief Investigators on the CRE DH and ARC Discovery project are leading researchers in the field in disability and health nationally and internationally and have high-level quantitative skills. Being part of this team will provide you with unique training and mentorships opportunities to become a leading quantitative researcher in the field. People with a lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply. You will have a strong commitment to equity in health and to improving the social, economic and health outcomes of people with disabilities.

Employment Type: 1.0 EFT fixed term position available for three years

Enquiries only to: Prof Anne Kavanagh, Tel +61 3 8344 0717, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Close date: 28 Feb 2017

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