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Infant Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Research Buddies

Has your baby had bronchiolitis or pneumonia caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)? Are you interested in research to help prevent these illnesses?

Researchers at the University of Western Australia are looking at new ways to potentially prevent the RSV virus that can cause respiratory illnesses in babies and they need your help!

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About the project/vacancy

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common viral cause of respiratory illness in children. It is a virus that causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages, and is one of the most frequent causes of the common cold. While RSV can affect people of all ages, it is a major cause of hospitalisation in babies under 3 months as they are more vulnerable to the virus developing into severe illnesses such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia.  Despite decades of research, there is no way to prevent RSV.

Researchers at the University of Western Australia want to gain a better understanding of RSV and how it works. This will help the research team develop new and effective ways to help prevent RSV. 

About the position

Researchers are looking for two parents/carers who have experienced caring for a baby, under 3 months, which had a respiratory illness caused by RSV (such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia) to join them as research buddies.

What am I expected to do?

Research buddies will:

  • Discuss the program of work with the researchers, providing input into a number of projects
  • Review grant applications
  • Assist with communicating the research findings to the wider community
  • Provide input into how the research findings should be implemented into practice and policy

What skills or experience do I need?

We are looking for two parents/carers of children under 3 years of age who have been affected by RSV as a baby (in their first 3 months after birth). An interest in health research.

How long am I expected to be involved?

Research buddies will meet with the researcher twice per year (meetings no longer than 2 hours duration). There will also be some time reviewing documents (no more than 2 hours per review). The commitment will be for one year (with the possibility of an extension for a further year)

Where will meetings be held?

Perth Children’s Hospital, Nedlands.

What support is offered?

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

Applications close: 01 April 2019

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