Research Assistant In Mood Disorders University of Melbourne - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Australia

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (Orygen) is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.


At Orygen, our leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.


The Company has three Members: the Colonial Foundation, The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.


The University of Melbourne has an agreement with Orygen for designated employees to be made available to undertake activities for Orygen, and this arrangement will apply to you. University employees working at Orygen are required at all times to continue to adhere to University policies, procedures, regulations and statutes, as well as to Orygen policies and procedures (including Orygen’s delegations of authority framework which can be found at http://staff.orygen.org.au/), but the University’s policies and procedures shall prevail in the event of any inconsistency. For the period of participating in activities at Orygen, you will be subject to the reasonable control and direction of Orygen. You consent to the University disclosing to Orygen your personal employment information solely for the purposes of facilitating your secondment to Orygen, and that such disclosure will not be a breach of any of your privacy rights.


A Research Assistant is required to join the Study of Ketamine for Youth Depression (SKY-D). SKY-D is an NHMRC-funded randomised-controlled trial looking at whether low dose ketamine is an effective treatment for moderate-to-severe depression in young people aged 16-25 years.


The Research Assistant will be responsible for liaising with doctors at Orygen, headspace and the community to facilitate referrals to the trial, enrolling trial participants, conducting interviews and assessments, collecting and recording accurate study data, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders. The post holder may be required to work on other trials within different projects.


This position reports to the Project Manager and the lead study investigator.


To ensure the University provides a safe environment for children, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.


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