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Have you ever wondered how physical activity can impact on your child’s health?

The Telethon Kids Institute Child Physical Activity, Health and Development (PLAYCE) team – wants to involve people interested in the impact physical activity has on children’s health and development.

The PLAYCE team is looking for 12 parents and carers of young children, aged 0 – 8 years, to join the newly appointed community reference group.

About the project/vacancy

Early influences on children’s health significantly impact their health and development throughout life.

Physical activity has many health benefits for young children, including developing healthy bones, maintaining a healthy weight, and improving cognitive and social-emotional development. Yet, only one in three pre-school (aged two to five years old) children achieve the recommended three hours of daily physical activity.

The Telethon Kids Institute Child Physical Activity, Health and Development (PLAYCE) team works to uncover the best environments, policies and programs to improve children’s physical activity levels, health and development to support lifelong health and well-being.

The PLAYCE program currently has six projects they are researching and would value community input into:

  • PLAYCE Policy Project - the team’s flagship three-year project commenced in 2019. The project aims to develop, implement and evaluate early childhood education and care (ECEC) specific physical activity related policy and programs
  • PLAYCE 2 School study - is following up the group of children from the original PLAY spaces and Environments for Children’s Physical Activity (PLAYCE) study, which involved children 2-5 years old. The children from this first study are now at full time school and the team are looking at children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep and the impact on future health and development
  • PLAYCE PAWS study - is investigating the health and developmental benefits of companion animals for young children, particularly whether active play and walking with the family dog improves developmental outcomes in young children
  • Green & Blue Space and Health Research - This research investigates the effect of exposure to green and blue space on youth and adult health
  • Neighbourhood Environment and Early Child Development Study - This research explores the role of where we live in explaining the difference in early child health and development using the Australian Early Development Census data of four- to six-year-olds
  • iPLAYCE Study - The iPLAY Space and Environment Interventions for Children’s Physical Activity (iPLAYCE) research evaluates the effectiveness of early childhood education and care programs and environmental upgrades to increase young children’s physical activity

About the position

The PLAYCE team is looking for 12 parents and carers of young children, aged 0 – 8 years, to join their newly appointed Community Reference Group.

There is also the additional opportunity for two members of the group to join the stakeholder group for the Policy project to help guide and influence the policy development process.

Further opportunities will become available for members of the group to also be involved in other projects within the team.

What am I expected to do?

The community reference group members will:

Have opportunities to voice your own concerns and identify the appropriate responses and solutions to problems that could affect children’s health, development and overall well-being. There is the opportunity to guide the development of policy and provide inputs to our existing research projects listed above through a consultative process.

What skills or experience do I need?

The team would like to involve mums, dads and carers of a baby or child 0 – 8 years old who have a keen interest in research.

The team would like to include people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and different cultural backgrounds.

How long am I expected to be involved?

Involvement in the group will be for two years and there may be opportunity to continue for a third year. The group will meet three times each year. The first meeting will be held in late November/early December 2019; each meeting will be no longer than two hours.

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be held at the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children’s Hospital, 15 Hospital Avenue, Nedlands.

What support is offered?

$35 honorarium per hour for meetings attended. Training and support is offered by Telethon Kids Institute.

Applications close: 25 October 2019

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