Research to Practice Coordinator


  • Support major system reform
  • Unique role in Australia
  • Be part of resourcing change to Intensive Therapeutic Care System across NSW
  • Sydney location – Full time, flexible work arrangements

The Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care is an Australian first Intermediary Organisation established to mobilise knowledge for better outcomes for young people in therapeutic care.

The Centre was established in 2018 as a partnership between the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) and Southern Cross University to support the Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) reforms in NSW. The ITC reforms provide an integrated continuum of therapeutic care options that are positioned to more effectively address the needs of traumatised young people and achieve improved outcomes across the domains of safety, permanency and well-being.

The Centre works to support ITC agencies to reduce the difference between what is known and what is delivered on a day-day basis to young people.

Through interactive processes of knowledge exchange and transfer, the Centre:

  • Systematically builds, synthesises and translates knowledge
  • Supports the development of a collective understanding and capacity to enact therapeutic care across the ITC system and related sectors
  • Fosters a shared ownership for the achievement of high quality outcomes

The Centre offers a range of services and specialist resources to ITC Agencies including:

  • Building, synthesising and translating knowledge into evidence summaries, practice guides and tools
  • Developing and maintaining a knowledge bank of evidence-based therapeutic care
  • Promoting knowledge sharing across the sector
  • Offering learning and development activities
  • Providing a Community of Practice function for Therapeutic Specialists
  • Providing implementation support, advice and consultancy services
  • Undertaking research and evaluation activities

We are looking for a Research to Practice Coordinator who will support the translation of research and knowledge to practice.

Your role will be flexible to meet the emerging and ongoing needs of the Centre and the ITC Providers.

Reporting the Senior Advisor, Policy and Practice, the Research to Practice Coordinator will:

  • Support the coordination of Centre research projects, including desk review for the 100 first young people project, supporting with liaising with research stakeholders (e.g. producing work, writing up findings, communicating results, distilling key messages from reviews into blogs webinars).
  • Identify ways to promote core practice ideas, including: producing case studies that highlight promising practices across ITC services.
  • Support and enhance the Centre’s Media and Communications strategy, including: coordinating production of short-video and audio pieces to highlight promising and emerging practices, voices of young people, and residential workers.
  • Support the development of the Centre’s Youth Participation Strategy,
  • Provide coordination support for professional development activities,
  • Provide training workshops on topics developed jointly with Centre’s Leadership team.

The Research to Practice Coordinator will support the development of the following products and/or activities:

  • Primary and qualitative research notes
  • Coordination of multi-media learning resources, such as video, audio and written publications
  • Youth participation activities
  • Webinars
  • Face to face and online accredited and unaccredited workforce development training
  • Participate in new projects that the Centre undertakes

About you – key selection criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Child and Youth Development, Psychology, Social Work, and/or a related discipline
  • Experience in child abuse and/or working with children and young people.
  • Experience in conducting qualitative research, including desk reviews.
  • Experience in translating knowledge into practical strategies and tools through training and other learning opportunities
  • Clear written, oral and multi-media communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Experience or capacity to provide education workshops to health, welfare, education and legal professionals
  • Sound understanding of what is meant by trauma informed therapeutic services
  • A current Australian driver’s license or equivalent
  • A current Working with Children Check or equivalent

Remuneration & Benefits:

This position attracts a competitive base salary + phone + tablet + superannuation + salary packaging. The salary is determined on the basis of the employee’s experience and qualifications. In joining a strong, values based organisation, you will also have access to:

  • Professional Development (up to $1000 (pro-rata) per year)
  • Employee Assistance Program

To apply:

To apply for this position please forward a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the “About You” criteria (listed above) to recruitment@childhood.org.au
Or for more information about the role or to request a copy of the position description, please email recruitment@childhood.org.au

Applications will be assessed and continued until the right candidates are sought, no close date will be issued, if you are interested please apply as soon as practicable.

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.
ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

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