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  • Cancer Council Victoria
07 Mar 2019

Data Linkage Project Officer

The position has been designed to work closely with both the VCCC and Cancer Council Victoria to improve awareness of actively recruiting clinical trials through the timely availability of accurate trial data. The data is housed in Cancer Council’s Victorian Cancer Trials Link (VCTL). The VCTL is an online and mobile platform that allows users to search for information about recruiting clinical trials. 

Full-time, Fixed Term Contract to 30 June 2020

  • Opportunity to work with dedicated professionals focussed on meeting the needs of cancer patients
  • Interesting collaborative role working between the Cancer Council Victoria and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Generous NFP salary packaging options available

About the position

The Data Linkage Project Officer is a new role, funded under the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s(VCCC’s) Strategic Research Plan. The position has been designed to work closely with both the VCCC and Cancer Council Victoria to improve awareness of actively recruiting clinical trials through the timely availability of accurate trial data. The data is housed in Cancer Council’s Victorian Cancer Trials Link (VCTL). The VCTL is an online and mobile platform that allows users to search for information about recruiting clinical trials. The Data Linkage Project Officer will recommend practical improvements to Cancer Council’s current systems and facilitate data linkage with external registries and other datasets to improve the accuracy of data available on the VCTL.

The position will be employed and paid by the VCCC and the successful applicant will work across two central locations at Cancer Council Victoria (St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) and at the VCCC (305 Grattan St, Melbourne) to ensure shared collaborative outcomes are achieved.

The role requires a proactive individual who is an excellent communicator with strong data science and/or data linkage skills. The individual will have experience in the health and medical research and/or healthcare sectors and bring their understanding to bear in adding value to this important project.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the VCCC Head of Clinical Trials Programs, and working closely with Cancer Council Victoria’s  Head, Research & Program Governance Unit, the Data Linkage Project Officer will:

  • Work collaboratively with a range of staff from the VCCC, Cancer Council Victoria, clinical trial units in VCCC partner hospitals, Cancer Trials Australia, the Victorian Cancer Registry and other data custodians
  • Build a data dictionary with the aim of linking Cancer Council Victoria’s VCTL with national registries such as ANZCTR
  • Work, with guidance from Cancer Council Victoria’s web development team, to incorporate changes to the VCTL
  • Write scripts to programmatically extract data from multiple different types of data sources, including but not limited to the web, Excel, Access and other databases
  • Write scripts to clean and combine this data into local databases
  • Pilot data linkage, identify issues and implement improvements
  • Provide data in a variety of formats to internal and external stakeholders
  • Explore links to other datasets and opportunities for other database enhancements

What you will bring to the position

You will pride yourself on your excellent interpersonal skills with experience in effectively managing the requirements of multiple stakeholders, both internal and external, with the proven ability to positively influence others and build consensus. You will have experience in the health care/medical sector with strong data linkage experience and be passionate about the opportunity to make a tangible difference in this area. You will:

  • Have strong analytical skills and proven problem-solving abilities
  • An in-depth understanding of data integrity, quality, completeness and integration
  • Experience in and a demonstrated ability to translate data into meaningful information and prepare high-quality, insightful and meaningful reports
  • Have strong skills with SQL and at least one popular scripting language (eg Python)
  • Hold a tertiary qualification in Data Science/Health Informatics or similar

Other requirements

  • Non-smoker
  • Right to work in Australia
  • Satisfactory completion of National Policy Check and Qualifications Check

Team purpose

Be known for enabling the best research-led cancer care for all

Values

Collaboration - we connect and support to empower sustainable change

Integrity - we are respectful of the cancer community and accountable for our contribution

Creativity - we cultivate ideas and dare to innovate

Achievement - we strive to make an impactful difference and produce results

The tenure of this role is linked to VCCC funding of a four-year agreement to mid-2020 with the Department of Health and Human Services. Possibility of extension may be available in the future. 

About Cancer Council Victoria

Established in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people. Our people work and volunteer at Cancer Council Victoria to contribute to an organisation that makes a real difference in people’s lives and is valued by the community we serve. In return we are proud to foster a culture that supports individuals to reach their full potential, in an environment that reflects our values of Excellence, Integrity and Compassion.

Division & Business Unit summary

Operating within the Strategy and Support Division, the Research and Program Governance Unit (RPG) manages the research ethics, grants and clinical trials processes for Cancer Council Victoria. As part of the clinical trials program, the Unit delivers two important initiatives aimed at increasing access to clinical trials in Victoria; the Victorian Cancer Trials Link and Cancer Trials Management Scheme. The Unit also oversees the competitive funding for clinical and biomedical research in Victorian hospitals, universities and research institutes, and acts as the Research Administration Office for external funding bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Equity and Inclusion

Both organisations value diversity and are equal opportunity employers. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment, free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, vilification and victimisation.

Secondment

With the ongoing objective of enhancing relationships with VCCC alliance partners, this position can be arranged as a secondment within a VCCC partner organisation. Employees within the VCCC alliance are encouraged to contact Christine Morton, Head of People and Culture, on 03 8559 6135 to discuss the possibility of a suitable arrangement.

Further information

Download a copy of the position description.

Applications should consist of a resume and a covering letter outlining the key reasons for your interest in the role and specifically addressing the key selection criteria in the position description.

To apply

Please apply through our advertisement on SEEK no later than COB Tuesday 19 March 2019.