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CliniKids Consumer Advisory Group

Are you a parent or carer of a child under 12 years with autism?  Would you like to have input into a new clinical service and research aimed at young children with autism? The team at CliniKids is looking for 6 people to join a new Consumer Advisory Group and your experience is needed!

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About the project/vacancy

CliniKids is the new clinical service of the Telethon Kids Institute providing therapy and diagnostic services for young children with developmental delays and/or autism spectrum disorder, and their families.

The team at CliniKids works closely with the world-leading Autism Research Team at Telethon Kids Institute led by Professor Andrew Whitehouse. This unique collaboration creates an exciting opportunity to blend practice and research in a clinical setting enabling CliniKids to offer a range of evidence-based therapies.

CliniKids’ key focus is on translating new research findings into practise as soon as possible, as well as measuring outcomes for children receiving services. CliniKids would like to establish a Consumer Advisory Group to work with them to guide the direction, development and conduct of their research and clinical work.  Working together it is hoped that this will lead to the development of a cutting edge clinical service that provides high quality services to families, integrating and adding to the latest research.

About the position

CliniKids is looking for 6 parents and carers of young children with autism to join their new Consumer Advisory Group.

What am I expected to do?

The Consumer Advisory Group members will have input into the direction of CliniKids and research conducted by the Autism Research Team.

Specifically, members will provide guidance and advice on:

  • The priorities and needs of parents/carers of children with autism
  • The types of information and research needed by people and families living with autism
  • Service planning and ways to improve families’ experiences at the clinic
  • How best to integrate autism research into service delivery, for example, processes for inviting clinic families to participate in research
  • Ways to inform the wider community about CliniKids and Telethon Kids Institute autism research
  • How to bring the latest research findings into the everyday practice of the clinic

What skills or experience do I need?

You need to be a parent or carer of a child with autism who is aged under 12 years.

How long am I expected to be involved?

The group will meet four times over one year and there may be opportunity to continue for a second year. The first meeting will be held in early July 2019 and each meeting will be no longer than two hours.

Where will meetings be held?

CliniKids, 100 Roberts Rd Subiaco.

What support is offered?

$30 honorarium per hour for meetings attended. Free parking is available and a crèche for young children will be provided if meetings are held during the day.  Training and support is also offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 07 June 2019

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