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Antibiotics use in children – Mandurah Parent Reference Group

Are you a parent with children 0 to 14 years of age? Do you live in the Mandurah or Peel region? Researchers at Murdoch University are looking for eight (8) parents to join their new Community Reference Group to provide input to their new study on antibiotic use in children.

About the project/vacancy

The Australian Rotary Health and Murdoch University are working together to design a health promotion program aimed at empowering parents to make the right choices about antibiotic use in their children.

The aim of this research is to:

  • Better understand parents’ behaviour towards the use of antibiotics
  • Assess parents’ existing knowledge of antibiotic resistance and awareness of the dangers of ‘superbugs’, the bacteria who are finding ways to avoid the effect of antibiotics
  • Develop an appropriate health campaign based on an assessment of parents’ existing knowledge of antibiotic resistance and an understanding of their behaviour towards the use of antibiotics
  • Promote awareness and provide information for parents to guide their choices about antibiotic use in their children.

The materials developed as part of this project will be trialled in the Mandurah or Peel region with parents participating in the study. The reference group is being established to guide the research team on the plans for the study and the development and use of the resources.

About the position

The Antibiotics Resistance research team at Murdoch University are keen to plan this study with the help of community members. They would like to consult with eight (8) parents, with or without experience in giving antibiotics to their children and who would be interested in joining the new Community Reference Group.

What am I expected to do?

Members of the community reference group will provide feedback on:

  • How best to promote participation in the study
  • The best way to communicate with and collect information from parents participating in the research
  • The content and wording of resources, advertising and other documents used in the project
  • Ways to inform the wider community about the results of the research
  • Strategies to ensure the resources are available for ongoing use by the wider community

This study will be conducted at Murdoch University, Mandurah Campus. The study will involve a focus group discussion with six (6) to eight (8) parents regarding antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance.

What skills or experience do I need?

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

  • A parent or caregiver of a child aged between 0 and 14 years of age
  • A parent with or without experience in giving antibiotics
  • Having connections to a network of parents (playgroup, primary school network, parents group, etc.)  would be useful
  • Living in the Mandurah or Peel region

Mums, Dads and carers are encouraged to apply, as well as parents or carers from cultural backgrounds other than Anglo-Australian.

How long am I expected to be involved?

The reference group will meet three (3) times and each meeting will be no longer than two (2) hours. The term of appointment will be for one year (12 months).

Where will meetings be held?

Murdoch University, Mandurah Campus.

What support is offered?

$35 honorarium per hour for meetings attended. Free training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 22 November 2019

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