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Wesfarmers Centre for Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group

Western Australian children are the most poorly vaccinated kids in Australia – do you have ideas of how we could boost immunisation rates? Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute are looking for new members to join the established Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group. You can have a say about this important topic and other research projects in this area.

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About the project/vacancy

Have you ever through about or been affected by any of the following:

  • How can we boost immunisation rates?
  • Have you or your kids been troubled by ear infections?
  • Has your family been affected by sepsis, meningococcal disease, whooping cough or other serious infections?
  • Did you know that throat and skin infections in Aboriginal kids can go on to cause long term heart damage?

If so....

  • Do you have thoughts about how we can better protect, treat and manage serious infections?
  • Are you interested in advising our researchers how we might best be able to boost WA's immunisation coverage?
  • Can you help advise our work in finding ways to better protect Aboriginal kids from the infections which cause rheumatic heart disease?

If you answered yes to any of the following questions above then we need you! These are just some of the areas the researchers are working on and we need the community to help advise us on how to better protect kids against infection.

About the position

The Community Reference Group provides a community perspective on infectious disease research at the Telethon Kids Institute

What am I expected to do?

Members of the Community Reference Group:

  • Identify gaps and priorities for vaccines and infectious disease research at the Institute to ensure we're responsive to the concerns of the community
  • Provide input into ways researchers inform the wider community, particularly those most affected by our vaccine and infectious disease research
  • Have an advocacy role in matters related to infectious disease research
  • Provide input into 'seed funding' of projects

What skills or experience do I need?

No prior skills or specific knowledge is required. Vaccines and infectious diseases affect everyone, so we're looking for:

  • Parents (and future parents)
  • Grandparents
  • Men and women of all ages
  • People from metropolitan, rural and remote areas
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members

You are welcome to bring your children or grandchildren to the meetings


We ask that you:

  • Have good links to the community
  • Have an interest in or experience of child health and well-being
  • Respect and adhere to confidentiality requirements
  • Respect the views of other Community Reference Group members

How long am I expected to be involved?

The term of appointment will be for two years, with a possibility of extension

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings are held at the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children's Hospital, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands.

For people living in rural or remote areas we will provide video conferencing options

What support is offered?

$35 honorarium per hour of meetings attended and an out-of-session activities. Training and support is offered by the Telethon Kids Institute

Applications close: 30 November 2019

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