23 May, 2023

Project Assistant

  • Part Time (0.5 FTE), Fixed Term Contract ending June 2025 based in Darwin
  • 6 weeks annual leave | Salary packaging up to $15,900 tax free
  • Base Salary $66,559 – $79,770 per annum pro rata (Total Renumeration Package $86,982 – $102,290 per annum pro rata)
  • Indigenous Knowledge Allowance payable $1,385 per annum, pro rata


Are you passionate about working collaboratively with communities and have an interest or background in mental health promotion, project coordination, and/or research? Are you looking for a flexible, part-time opportunity that uses your strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills?

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


Be part of an exciting opportunity!

Menzies School of Health Research is looking to engage a Project Assistant to coordinate project activities of the Aboriginal and Islander Mental health initiative (AIMhi) which is committed to developing, testing and training in mental health promotion strategies for First Nations people.

The Project Assistant will be specifically engaged with the e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) and the AIMhi for Youth (AIMhi-Y) – A digital mental health meeting place for First Nations young people projects. These projects aim to develop, promote, implement and evaluate digital mental health resources which help to improve mental health and wellbeing for First Nations adults and young people.

The main duties will involve fostering links with Indigenous communities and young people to convene an Indigenous Youth Reference Group (IYRG) for the study site and in collaboration with the youth project officer, coordinate, plan and facilitate regular meetings with the IYRG, under supervision of the site leader, to achieve project objectives. In addition, the Project Assistant/ Project Officer will support the research team by engaging and consulting with services, deliver training, conduct research and undertake evaluation to ensure interactions are respectful of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Please see the Position Description for a full list of responsibilities including those at a higher remuneration level.


What you will bring to the role

As an enthusiastic, resourceful and motivated individual, you will already have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, sound interpersonal and negotiation skills, self-confidence, and the ability to interact effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly with an understanding of how to work successfully in First Nations youth contexts.

You will possess a Diploma, with relevant work experience or have a combination of education and experience. You will have the ability to prepare formal correspondence, organise and facilitate youth reference groups and understand mental health terms and treatments, research processes and ethical considerations to be observed when conducting research.

For appointment at a higher remuneration you will have obtained further education such as a degree qualification, have experience assisting with event coordination and have the demonstrated ability to design, deliver and evaluate training offerings within a team environment.


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.

As a recognised national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, education and research training, Menzies is committed to providing a culturally inclusive and supportive work environment, and ensuring our workforce is representative of the people with and for whom we work. We seek to amplify First Nations voices in all aspects of our work, and we strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for this position.


Benefits of working for Menzies

  • Exciting career opportunity with one of Australia’s leading health research institutes
  • Lead change and help make a positive impact
  • 6 weeks annual leave, significant salary packaging benefits and other market leading conditions
  • Option of increasing superannuation contribution to 14%
  • 15 days personal leave


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

Josie Povey

Project Coordinator, Darwin Site Lead

Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division


Tel: 08 8946 8487


How to Apply:

Please click on the link below, to see the Position Description and to apply for this position:

Job Details

Applicants are required to provide the following supporting documents:

  • Cover letter stating your interest in the role
  • Updated resume
  • A statement addressing the Selection Criteria (no more than 2 pages)
  • Any other relevant supporting documentation   


Closing date:  Sunday 4th June 2023.


This Position is designated for First Nations peoples only.

The position/s will only be open to First Nations applicants. The filling of this position/these positions is intended to constitute a special measure under s section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwlth) and section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT).


Applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will be required to provide suitable evidence of vaccinations to Menzies Human Resources.


For more information on how to apply for this position please visit https://www.menzies.edu.au/page/Careers/Information_for_applicants/  or phone 08 8946 8487.