Trachoma Community Engagement Officer

at University of Melbourne

Salary: UOM 5 $70,339 - $80,792 p.a. or UOM 6 $81,588 - $88,315 p.a., plus 9.5% superannuation. A 4WD vehicle will be provided and travel costs covered.

Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience.Unlike many illnesses and disabilities, most poor eye health is preventable or treatable. Although Australian Indigenous people are reported to have the world's best vision, as a group they have rates of blindness and vision loss at least three times higher than mainstream Australia. Much of the poor eye health is due to inappropriate or inadequate health service delivery. In addition, Australia is the only developed country to still have trachoma. This blinding, infectious disease disappeared from mainstream Australia 100 years ago but it still remains in some remote communities in Central Australia.

Australia has committed to the elimination of trachoma by 2020. In order to achieve this aim there needs to be ongoing awareness of the importance of clean faces and good hygiene to prevent the spread of and infection from trachoma.

The Trachoma Community Engagement Officer (TCEO) will work in partnership with remote communities and various services and organisations to develop plans that improve awareness of clean faces and improve access to and repair and maintenance of washing facilities. The community development approach will ensure community identification of the issues and the solutions.

The TCEO will be based in Alice Springs and work with remote communities and partners across the tri-state border region of NT, SA and WA. This position will build on existing partnerships to raise awareness about the importance of clean faces and good hygiene and pursue strategies to increase knowledge that result in behaviour change.

The successful candidate requires excellent communication and engagement skills including the ability to exchange with and advocate to a wide range of people.

As part of a small team, the TCEO will work closely with Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) staff based in Melbourne and Alice Springs.

IEH strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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