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Perth Children’s Hospital Anaesthesia and Pain Management Consumer Reference Group

Do you have an interest in the use of anaesthesia in children during surgery? Has your child had surgery?

The Anaesthesia and Pain Management Research Team at Perth Children’s Hospital strives to improve the use and safety of anaesthesia in children during surgery. They are looking for 8 parents or carers to be a part of an exciting new Consumer Reference Group.

If this is of interest, we encourage you to apply!

Mum and Dad on bed with two kids under 5 yrs old

About the project/vacancy

Did you know over ten thousand children undergo surgery and general anaesthesia every year at Perth Children’s Hospital?

Research conducted by the Anaesthesia and Pain Management Research Group at Perth Children’s Hospital aims to; improve the safety and quality of anaesthetic care provided to children and adolescents undergoing surgical procedures.

The Anaesthetic Research Team’s program of research is extensive – examples of current studies include:

  • Predicting and preventing respiratory complications during and after surgery
  • Improving pain management for children undergoing surgery
  • Exploring post-operative nausea and vomiting management options
  • Measuring neurodevelopmental outcomes after general anaesthesia
  • Developing and testing more palatable medications

About the position

The Perth Children’s Hospital Anaesthesia and Pain Management Research Group are looking for 8 parents or carers to join a new Consumer Reference Group.

What am I expected to do?

The Consumer Reference Group members will provide advice on a range of research activities.

Specifically, members will:

  • Provide perspective and review research documents (study summaries, grant applications, Patient Consent Forms)
  • Provide advice on the best ways to recruit participants for studies
  • Help with the translation of study findings and ways to inform the wider community about the department’s research
  • Provide insights into helping improve the experiences of patients’ and families’ in the hospital
  • Provide valuable feedback on planning for future research

What skills or experience do I need?

You need to be a parent or carer of a child and have:

  • A passion or interest in research
  • Past experience with a child undergoing surgery (preferable but not essential)

How long am I expected to be involved?

The Reference Group will run a minimum of 6 months, commencing in July 2019. There may be an opportunity for further involvement dependant on funding. The group will meet three times over the six months. Each meeting will be no longer than two hours. Refreshments and parking are included.

Members may be required to review research documents outside of meetings; reviews of documentation generally take 1-2 hours.

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 any out-of-session activities. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 21 June 2019

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