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Director Research Governance And Ethics

Melbourne Health - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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Director Research Governance and Ethics

  • Key Research leadership role at RMH

  • Achieving research excellence within a framework of ethical, legal and regulatory compliance, research integrity and the responsible conduct of research

  • Best of health for our patients through high quality clinical research

  • Support, advocacy and advice for all researchers across the RMH

  • Realise the potential of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct

  • Full time fixed term position (12 months), in the first instance

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

As one of the largest health services in Victoria, and a team of more than 10,000 strong, we provide a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical, and mental health services; as well as rehabilitation, aged care, outpatient and community programs. We are a designated state-wide provider for services including trauma, and we lead centres of excellence for tertiary services in several key specialties including neurosciences, nephrology, oncology, cardiology and virtual health.

Surrounded by a Parkville Precinct of brilliant thinkers, we collaborate to set new benchmarks in health excellence – benchmarks that impact across the globe. While the work we do takes us in inspiring new directions; caring for each other, our patients and consumers is as essential to who we are, as any scientific breakthrough we make. We put people first - leading with kindness and working together, we excel as one Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Your role

To lead the Research Ethics and Governance team to support and drive excellence in research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Your new team

  • We are a team working together to provide outstanding guidance, advocacy and support to researchers and research participants at the RMH and beyond, recognising the pivotal importance of clinical research in providing early access to innovative treatments and interventions for our patients and improving the overall standard of health care RMH provides through the uptake of evidence into best practice.

  • We provide leadership and advice in all aspects of research including ethics, governance, financial management and grants, intellectual property, research agreements and collaborative research to support the provision of high quality clinical research services to our patients.

  • You will help the RMH to achieve and sustain research excellence, delivering high quality care through best practice clinical research.

  • In return, you will be supported by a highly committed and dedicated research management team, constantly looking for better ways to support and encourage our researchers, through the provision of streamlined, responsible and timely ethics and governance review of their research, and our patients, and the wider community, through the delivery of world class health care available only through high quality clinical research.

Your success in this role, will be in your ability to

  • Provide leadership, guidance and expert advice to the Office for Research team, the Human Research Ethics Committee and researchers throughout the RMH.

  • Work closely with key stakeholders within and external to the RMH to promote and support research excellence at the RMH

  • Ensure MH research KPIs are met and report regularly to Director of Research and Chief Executive, including accreditation standards.

  • Drive service improvement and efficiency initiatives across RMH and in collaboration with research partners across Victoria and Australia/

Your contribution

  • PhD or equivalent in Health Sciences or related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide successful leadership in research governance and ethics.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders within and external to RMH to build effective teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to build effective inter-organisational networks to facilitate successful State and Australia-wide research governance and ethics initiatives.

  • Strong conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills to enable the identification of issues, analysis of options and the judgement to determine appropriate courses of action for achieving long-range organisational goals.

  • Ability to create and lead a high-performance team and align it with the overall organisational and portfolio strategy.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, interpersonal, influential and presentation skills.

Our Commitment to you

Here at The RMH we strive for excellence with a strong purpose that defines the work we do for our community – Advancing health for everyone, every day. This is the Melbourne Way.

We believe our success comes from our people. We’re committed to the RMH being a great place to work and a great place to receive care. We have made a long-term commitment to strengthen our organisational culture through leadership, education and empowering our staff to Speak Up for themselves and each other.

This is a role where your passion and expertise can come together to create a truly defining career opportunity. It is a unique opportunity to help us transform the future of the RMH and ultimately ensure we continue to deliver world class healthcare.

The RMH stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in work and care. We are proud to be a workplace that champions diversity, inclusion and equality for our staff and our community. Our goal is for our people to feel safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best every single day. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies, and will consider adjustments to support such applications.


For a confidential discussion please connect via the details below.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment prior to commencement.

Direct enquiries to:

Dr Angela Watt, Director Research Governance and Ethics, t: 9342 4720, e: angela.watt@mh.org.au or Professor Jo Douglass, Director of Research, e: jdouglass@unimelb.edu.au

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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