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Research Officer

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Work type: Full Time, Part Time
Vacancy type: External Vacancy
Categories: Research Assistant

  • Salary Package: From $93,986 to $101,901 p.a. (HEW Level 7) (pro-rata for part time appointments) plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type: Full-time or part-time position (minimum of 20 hours per week) for 12 months.
  • Flexible working arrangements available, for example flexibility around school holidays
  • Leafy, North Ryde location, new 'state of the art' facilities

About the Role

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research is undertaking a study in collaboration with The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network to evaluate the impact of an electronic medication management (eMM) system for patients across the State’s two major paediatric hospitals.

We are conducting a trial to assess changes in medication errors; and undertake medication audits, direct observational studies of medication administration errors and the workflow of oncologists, and interviews. We will also conduct a cost-effectiveness study of the eMM system.

This project will make a significant contribution nationally and internationally in delivering critical new evidence which will translate into better and safer system designs and use.  The project team is multi-disciplinary with members having backgrounds in medicine, paediatrics, clinical pharmacology, pharmacy, nursing, human factors, health informatics, biostatistics and health economics.

For further information regarding this role please click here to view the position description

About You

We are seeking an experienced clinical pharmacist to undertake reviews of children’s medication charts and clinical records to identify and classify prescribing errors. Tasks will include reviewing medication charts and clinical notes, identifying medication errors, classifying medication errors and their potential harm, and assessing whether the eMM could have contributed to the errors. Work will be based at Macquarie University.

The positions would be ideal for experienced pharmacists with hospital experience who are seeking flexible working arrangements, or for those recently retired with considerable clinical experience who are interested in contributing to research and sharing their expertise and experience.

Applicants with extensive paediatric experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

About Us

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is ambitiously pushing the boundaries of progressive thinking and challenging what’s possible to solve some of the big issues of our time, both nationally and on a global scale. The Faculty forms part of MQ Health, an integrated academic health sciences enterprise which incorporates Macquarie University Hospital and primary and speciality clinics. We have active research programs in neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health and patient safety. 

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, one of the core research centres within AIHI has a multi-stream program of research which focuses on investigating the outcomes and safety of health services.  The Centre has particular expertise in assessing the impact of information technologies and investigating the role of electronic health records and decision support in supporting improved health care delivery and health outcomes.  The Centre’s research team is multi-disciplinary and applies a broad range of research techniques, from RCT designs to direct observational studies of clinical work.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position applicants are asked to provide a CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria below as part of their application process. 


  • Experienced hospital pharmacist who has been, or is, registered to practice in Australia, the UK, or a country with a similar health care system and practices to Australia.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ clinical experience with a proportion of that time spent in paediatrics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, medication safety and quality use of medicines in hospital, including the ability to apply medication error and harm classifications.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with and communicating in multi-disciplinary teams.  


  • Extensive, recent experience in paediatrics.
  • Experience working with electronic clinical records and medication management systems.

Note: This position requires the completion of a Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check.

Specific Role Enquiries:  Dr Magda Raban, Research Fellow, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

General Recruitment Enquiries: Gurnoor Dhillon, HR Administrator at

Applications Close: Wednesday, 1 January 2020 at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.



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