PIRI is looking for a Research Clinical Psychologist

PIRI is looking for a Research Clinical Psychologist

About you:

We are seeking an enthusiastic clinical psychologist to have a key role at the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) (www.piri.org.au).

We are looking for a team player with highly developed organizational skills, sense of humour, initiative, a readiness to multitask and keen to work within a growing research institute and a team of clinical and research experts.

You will be someone with initiative, ability to work independently and who has excellent communication skills, with a strong commitment to excellence in patient care. You’ll bring energy and drive to your work and have a keen interest in developing your skillset.

You’ll further have:

  • A clinical psychology qualification and current AHPRA registration. Please apply if you are a Grade 2 psychologist with clinical endorsement and current AHPRA registration.
  • The ability to provide treatment for depression and anxiety and conduct DMS-5 assessments as part of a clinical trial.
  • The desire to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Flexibility to work to accommodate busy mums with the occasional shift in hours from 9am-5pm to 10am-6pm, if possible.

About the role:

  • Part time, fixed term for 12 months
  • 22.8 hours per week (job share may be considered). An extra 7.6 hours may be an option.
  • Heidelberg location, with flexibility in days
  • $90,800 – $102,700 base + HQA + salary packaging + super
  • Grade 2 with previous experience desirable

Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across three campuses in the Northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. We have a highly engaged, diverse and collaborative workforce that is unified by our goal to help people live healthy and fulfilled lives.

The major role will be clinical:


  • Involved in programs for expecting and new parents, including evaluation of outcomes.
  • Ability to conduct CBT treatment according to research protocols as well as intake calls and supporting the research team.
  • Ability to conduct structured mental health assessments (e.g., SCID-5). We are currently engaged in an antenatal trial of depression treatment.
  • Support to our Parent and Baby Wellbeing Program may be required.
  • Be involved in administrative duties (e.g., recruiting and facilitating referrals, maintaining database etc).
  • Liaising with a large number of staff, agencies, mothers and infants.
  • Ready to multitask and work within a team.
  • Be involved at the interface between telehealth and delivery and promotion of digital mental health programs.
  • Contribution to social media campaigns to raise awareness of perinatal mental health and represent PIRI as needed.


  • Previous experience in perinatal mental health and assessment and treatment.
  • Ability to provide formal or peer supervision to students/junior staff.
  • Assisting in the preparation of manuscripts, reports etc.
  • Some flexibility in days and hours

You’ll join a friendly and supportive team who genuinely enjoys their work and the contribution they make.

About the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI)

PIRI is a vigorous and innovative Australian research institute focusing on understanding parent and infant well-being, as well as developing treatments. Our mission is to support all parents and their babies in the first 1000 days of life, from pregnancy and throughout infancy, to enhance the prospects for future generations. We work closely with Austin Health’s Perinatal Mental Health Clinic and have strong links with the University of Melbourne. We have developed innovative programs for perinatal mental health suitable for face to face and telehealth delivery. We are leaders in digital technology and have recently been awarded a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence – STePPS (Science Translation for e-Psychological Perinatal Supports) is a national research centre driving the identification, development, and translation of the most effective, cost-effective, and sustainable e-mental health interventions in the first 1000 days (conception to two years).

PIRI is based at Austin Health, which is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across three campuses in the Northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. We have highly engaged, diverse and collaborative workforce that is unified by our purpose, which is to help people live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Our benefits:

Working at Austin Health means enjoying a strong sense of purpose, engaging in meaningful work every day.  Our people also receive a variety of rewarding benefits, including:

  • Greater take-home pay through generous salary A suite of wellness initiatives designed to support you, including discounts on fitness memberships and health insurance, and a comprehensive wellbeing program.
  • Mentoring and career development opportunities
  • Onsite childcare, easy access via public transport, car parking and end of journey facilities for cyclists
  • Relocation expense reimbursement
  • Five weeks annual leave and monthly rostered days off

Inclusion at Austin:

We celebrate, value, and include people of all backgrounds, genders, identities, cultures, bodies, and abilities.  We welcome and support applications from anyone identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, physically or culturally diverse, LGBTQI+, and people of any age.

Work with us!

If you feel this role is right for you, we encourage your early application as interviews may commence prior to the closing date. All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check and if required, a Working with Children Check. If you require any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process, please feel free to reach out to the hiring manager.

Enquiries welcome

Closing date: 22 January 2024

Link: https://austinhealth.mercury.com.au/ViewPosition.aspx?id=HY2HyBrR3rs=&jbc=ere

Professor Jeannette Milgrom, jeannette.milgrom@austin.org.au

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