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Prescription medication use during pregnancy

Did you use prescription medication at some point during your pregnancy?

Researchers at the University of Western Australia need you to help them with an important project.

About the project/vacancy

Schedule 8 prescription medications (also known as ‘controlled drugs’) are commonly used and play an important role in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including severe pain, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), severe anxiety and opioid dependence.

Currently, there is not enough information to know if these medications are safe or not to use during pregnancy. Therefore they are often not recommended to use whilst pregnant, however there is evidence from overseas to suggest that the use of these medications during pregnancy may be increasing.

Using health information that is routinely collected in the community; this project will look at the safety of these medications and how commonly they are used during pregnancy here in Western Australia.

About the position

Researchers at the University of Western Australia are looking for two women who required a Schedule 8 prescription medication at some point during their pregnancy to join them as research buddies.

Schedule 8 prescription medications may have included: oxycodone (OxyContin, Endone, Oxynorm), methadone, buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone), fentanyl (Fenpatch, Denpax, Durogesic), morphine (MS Contin, Kapanol), methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), dexamphetamine, alprazolam (Kalma, Alprax, Xanax) or flunitrazepam (Hypnodorm).

What am I expected to do?

Research buddies will:

  • Provide feedback on the proposed research
  • Assist with the interpretation of results of the research
  • Assist with communicating the results of the research

How long am I expected to be involved?

Initially, you will meet with the researcher for 1-2 hours in early 2019 and again 12 months later. Meetings will be held at a convenient location for the research buddies.

There may also be opportunities to advise on other similar research projects throughout 2019.

What support is offered?

$30 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 19 April 2019

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