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PCH Nursing Youth Advisory Panel Representatives

Calling all 15-21 year olds! Have you been in Perth Children's Hospital in the past five years? Are you interested in improving the health of young people?

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About the project/vacancy

The nursing research team from Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) are looking for two young people, who have been inpatients in at PCH, to join their existing Youth Advisory Panel (YAP). The group first met in June 2018.

About the position

The research team want to hear from young people about a range of research projects.

Currently, the team are working on the following major projects:

  • A study that looks at the impact of the move to the new PCH from the perspective of patients, families and nurses
  • A study focusing on how to help family members raise their concerns with staff if they are worried about their child's condition in hospital
  • Developing a process at PCH to register patients and families' willingness to be contacted about participating in research
  • Studies looking at how families cope with stress when a child is hospitalised

What am I expected to do?

The YAP representatives are expected to:

  • Share their experiences of what it's like to stay at or visit PCH
  • Provide advice on research plans and ways to promote the research to other young people
  • Help to decide the best ways to study and improve the experience and outcomes for children visiting PCH and their families
  • Give feedback on project results and young people's priorities for future research
  • Provide links between young people, the community and researchers at PCH

Representatives will also meet once or twice a year with the PCH Nursing Research Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP), which includes parents of children who have been admitted to PCH.

What skills or experience do I need?

The PCH nursing research team are looking for young people who:

  • Are aged between 15-21 years
  • Have been an inpatient in PCH in the last five years
  • Are interested in improving the health of young people

How long am I expected to be involved?

The group will meet four times over the next year. The next meeting is scheduled for July 2020 and will be online. Each meeting is no longer than two hours.

Representatives may be invited to attend other project meetings or to review research documents outside of meetings. Representatives can choose if they would like to be involved in these additional activities.

Where will meetings be held?

Online via a meeting software like Zoom or Skype, or at PCH on the QEII Medical campus, Nedlands once COVID-19 restrictions ease.

What support is offered?

$35/hour honorarium for meetings attended and any other activities is offered. Parking vouchers will also be provided if meetings are at PCH. Free training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 05 June 2020

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