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Childhood Allergy Prevention Community Reference Group

Do you, your child or one of your family members, have allergies (food allergy, asthma, eczema or hay-fever)? Researchers at Telethon Kids Institute are looking for 10 adults with an interest in preventing allergies to join their new  Community Reference Group and provide input to their new and existing studies.

About the project/vacancy

The Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research team at Telethon Kids Institute does research to find out if your diet and environment can impact the development of allergies. The goal is to reduce the rising impact of allergies, which now affect more than 25% of people in our community.

This research focuses on identifying foods in our diet and environmental influences that impact on the development of a child’s immune system during pregnancy and early childhood. This includes testing new ways to prevent allergies developing.

The Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research team is keen to plan new and future studies with the help of the community. They are looking to build a team of community members who would like to have some input into what new future food allergy prevention research they want to see happen. Developing new research studies that address the community’s questions is essential.

About the position

The Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research team is looking for 10 adults to join their new Community Reference Group.  

What am I expected to do?

Members of the community reference group will provide advice on:

  • The questions and priorities of most importance to community members affected by allergies
  • The planning and development of new research studies
  • The content and wording of resources, advertising and other documents used in the projects
  • How best to communicate the findings of the research to inform the wider community
  • The development of policies and new guidelines to prevent allergy development, based on the findings of the research.

What skills or experience do I need?

To join this group you need to be aged 18 and above and be:

  • A parent, grandparent or adult family member of a child who has allergies.
  • An adult who has allergies (food allergy, asthma, eczema or hay-fever) themselves
  • An expectant parent or a person planning a family (with a history of allergies)

How long am I expected to be involved?

The group will meet three times per year and each meeting will be no longer than two hours. The first meeting will be held in August 2019. The term of appointment will be for one year, with a possibility of extension for a further year.

Where will meetings be held?

Allergy Support Hub - Suite 5, 37 Hampden Road, Nedlands

What support is offered?

$30 honorarium per hour for meetings attended and any out-of-session activities. Free training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 02 August 2019

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