The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Project Officer, PlaTFORM Study

Type of career: 
Northern NSW & Southern NSW/ACT
Application close date: 
Contact name: 
Moto Kotsuka
  • Two casual positions (northern NSW and southern NSW/ACT)
  • Respected global research organisation
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

The George Institute for Global Health

The George Institute (‘TGI’) employs 600+ people, focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, TGI is challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide. TGI’s innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact. 

Context of the Role

The Injury Division aims is to conduct high quality research into the causes, prevention and treatment options for various kinds of injury. The focus of research is in road traffic injuries, Indigenous injury prevention, falls prevention, and injury burden and risk factors. The Injury Division has primary responsibility for the conduct of the Institute's research activities in these areas. The Division also offers opportunities for individuals external to the institute to expand their knowledge on injury prevention through an array of teaching and training programs

This research project is within the field of falls prevention. Falls incur over $1 billion in treatment, disability, lost output and mortality each year. People with poor vision are at up to 8 times increased risk. The vulnerability to fall-related injury and the large and increasing number of older people with vision loss (40% of those aged 85+ years) make falls prevention in this sector a critical public health issue. The PlaTFORM Study (PrevenTing Falls in a high risk, vision impaired population through specialist ORientation and Mobility services) funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, is a randomised trial to evaluate the LiFE program in older people with visual impairment in NSW/ACT in collaboration with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, a leading community service organisation for people with vision impairment. The Platform Study will provide high level information on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a promising new fall prevention program in older people with vision impairment.

The Role

The Project Officer (‘PO’) will be responsible for scheduling and conducting 12-month follow-up visits in participants’ homes. The position will involve travel throughout regional areas of:

  • Northern NSW (position 1);  and
  • Southern NSW and ACT (position 2).

Reporting Relationships

The PO will report directly to the PlaTFORM Project Manager, and will work closely with key staff at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, as well as the study Chief Investigator and other study staff.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Contact participants due for 12-month follow-up and schedule appointments;
  • Conduct 12-month follow-up interviews in participants’ homes; includes data entry in REDCap database, basic vision testing, and basic physical assessment; and
  • Issue and collect ActiGraph activity monitors.

As a Team Member:

  • Will work independently and flexibly, liaising with management and colleagues, including during non-business hours, as required
  • Participate in special projects to improve processes, tools, systems and organisation
  • Take responsibility for personal learning and development and for setting achievable and meaningful work objectives and managing personal targets, meeting obligations of The Institute’s Performance Management and Development Policy
  • Demonstrate commitment to the Institute’s organisational values, including performing to an exceptionally high ethical standard and focus on integrity, collaboration and teamwork in all efforts.

Work, Health and Safety

  • Comply with Work Health and Safety legislation and operate in accordance with established Occupational Health and Safety practice and procedures at the Institute
  • Promote and contribute to a safe, secure environment for staff and visitors.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent phone manner, and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with older people with disabilities;
  • Experience in a research or health environment, including direct patient/participant/client contact or equivalent;
  • Strong computer skills, including email and databases (experience with REDCap, although not essential, is highly desirable);
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team;
  • Well organised and efficient, with the capacity to work under pressure;
  • Sound knowledge of confidentiality issues in a research environment;
  • Attention to detail, and skills in planning and problem solving;
  • Current NSW or ACT driver’s licence and access to a vehicle; and
  • Current First Aid certificate.


  • Experience working with people with a disability (especially vision impairment) , and people of diverse backgrounds; and
  • Experience in a similar role in a research environment.


The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We will be reviewing applications as we receive them however due to the volume of the applications, please be informed that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.

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