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PCH Emergency Department Youth Consumer Representatives

Are you aged 14 – 21 years old? Have you attended a children’s hospital emergency department for asthma, pneumonia, Bell’s Palsy, a head or neck injury (including concussion) or seizures in the past 3 years?

Researchers at the Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department are looking for 2 young people to provide advice on their research as Consumer Representatives.

If you have experience of going to an emergency department at a children’s hospital, your help is needed!

About the project/vacancy

Research in the Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department aims to improve the treatment of a range of conditions, as well as the care received in the emergency department.

Emergency Department researchers currently have several studies they are running or planning, which include:

  • Identifying the best ways to administer oxygen to children with breathing difficulties
  • Setting up registries for children coming into the emergency department with seizures and asthma
  • Assessing the standard treatment of pneumonia or chest infection, head injury (concussion) and Bell’s Palsy

The research team wants to ensure that all research they do is guided by the experiences of patients and their families.

About the position

The Perth Children’s Hospital Emergency Department research team is looking for 2 young people to have a say about the research they do.

What am I expected to do?

The Youth Consumer Representatives will:

  • Share their experiences of what it is like to attend a children’s hospital emergency department and live with a health condition
  • Provide advice on research plans and the wording of research documents
  • Provide advice on ways to promote the research to other young people
  • Give feedback on project results and plans for future research

What skills or experience do I need?

The Youth Consumer Representatives need to:

  • Be aged between 14 – 21 years
  • Have gone to a children’s hospital emergency department in the last three years AND
  • Have had any of the following: a condition which has required oxygen to be given (such as pneumonia), seizures, asthma, a head or neck injury (including concussion) or Bell’s Palsy

How long am I expected to be involved?

The Youth Consumer Representatives will meet with the research team three times over the year, commencing in February 2019. Each meeting will be no longer than two hours and there may be opportunity to continue for a second year.

Up to an additional three hours throughout the year will be required to respond to emails and provide feedback outside of meetings.

Where will meetings be held?

Perth Children's Hospital on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre site, Nedlands

What support is offered?

$30 honorarium per hour for meetings attended and additional feedback provided. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 22 February 2019

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