21 April, 2023

Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Deadly Ears in Deadly Hands study

Expression of Interest (EOI)


Fixed-term, full-time or part-time (0.8 – 1 FTE) contract until 30 June 2025

Based in Darwin | Travel to remote communities

Base salary $81,803 – $87,901 per annum, pro-rata, plus super and salary packaging

This position is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people only

Are you an enthusiastic and motivated Aboriginal Health Practitioner who has the experience to conduct ear and hearing assessments and yarn with and support the families through the hospital discharge process? 

If this sounds like you, join our team to help make a difference.


About the Role:

Menzies is looking for an Aboriginal Health Practitioner to be part of the Deadly Ears in Deadly Hands research team.

The Aboriginal Health Practitioner will work within the Deadly Ears in Deadly Hands research team to yarn with and support families of children on the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) paediatric wards and assist with the identification of those children who are suitable to join the Deadly Ears in Deadly Hands study. They will also conduct ear and hearing assessments and make clinical decisions regarding the appropriate ear health management plan, as guided by the Otitis Media Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The Aboriginal Health Practitioner will also be required to support the families through the hospital discharge process, helping the carers understand the healthcare requirements of their child after they leave hospital, follow-up the children in the study, administering satisfaction questionnaires with the family members and arrange and conduct follow-up ear health checks when required.

This position is based in Darwin; however, there may be a requirement to travel remotely via light aircraft and/or 4WD up to 2 days per trip, 15 times a year.

What you will bring to the role

As an enthusiastic, qualified Aboriginal Health Practitioner, you will have an extensive experience working in children’s hearing assessment; and the ability to:

  • Yarn with families on the hospital paediatric wards, identifying those who are suitable for the Deadly Ears in Deadly Hands study and ensuring that they have a full understanding of the requirements of the study.
  • Conduct clinical assessments, data collection, medical records checks, and collect and transport specimens for the study and conduct satisfaction questionnaires and follow-up ear health checks.
  • Organise and conduct regular visits with the children and families in the study during their time as hospital in-patients in order to educate the carers on ear health and provide education and support during their discharge from the hospital.
  • Make clinical assessments and recommendations and liaise with hospital staff and other stakeholders.

In addition, you will have the relevant Aboriginal Health Practitioner qualification and current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

This role requires good communication skills (both orally and in writing) and the ability to engage with Aboriginal people and people from diverse cultures as well as the ability to work collaboratively with health professionals and academic colleagues

Why Menzies

Menzies is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses. If making a positive health impact in Australia and across our region excites and motivates you, join us as we continue to translate our research into effective programs and partnerships in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and find enduring solutions to health problems that matter.

Benefits of working for Menzies

  • Lead change and help make a positive impact
  • Exciting career opportunity with one of Australia’s leading health research institutes.
  • Base salary of $81,803- $87,901 (GSL 6) per annum, pro-rata
  • Total remuneration salary package including superannuation of $104,511 – $111,542 per annum, pro-rata).
  • Indigenous Knowledge Allowance $3,005 pa, pro-rata (IKA 2)

 If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact:

 Dr. Jemima Beissbarth

Senior Research Officer

Child Health Division

Via email: Jemima.Beissbarth@menzies.edu.au 

Or Phone: 0889468506

How to Apply:

Please click on the ‘Apply’ button to submit your application.  

Applicants are required to provide:

  1. Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining your skills and experience relevant to this role and addressing your ability to fulfill the responsibilities and requirements of the position
  2. Current resume and detail of two referees
  3. Any other relevant supporting documentation.

Closing date: Sunday, 7 May 2023

The position will only be open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT).

To obtain the Position Description, or for more information on how to apply for this position, please visit Menzies’ careers website: http://careers.menzies.edu.au or phone Human Resources on 08 8946 8626.