Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group REF TK00079

WA kids are the most poorly vaccinated kids in Australia - do you have any ideas of how we could boost immunisation rates? Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute are looking for members of the community to join the Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group. You can have a say about this topic and other research in this area.

About the projects

Have you ever thought about or been affected by any of the following?

  • WA kids are amoung the most poorly vaccinated kids in Australia - have you had ideas of how we could boost immunisation rates
  • Have you or your kids been affected by ear infections 
  • Has your family been affected by serious bacterial infections like meningococcal disease?
  • Did you know that throat and skin infections in Aboriginal kids can go on to cause long term heart problems?

If so...

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

If you answered yes to any to any of the 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 how to better protect our kids against infection.

Purpose of the Reference Group

The Reference Group provides a community perspective on activities relating to infectious disease research at the Telethon Kids Institute.

The commitee also;

  • Identifies gaps and priorities for vaccines and infectious disease research at the Institute to ensure they are responsive to the needs of the community
  • Provides input into ways to inform the wider community, particularly those most affected, about vaccine and infectious disease research

What is expected of reference group members?

No prior skills are required. Vaccines and infectious diseases affect everyone so we are looking for:

  • parents (and future parents)
  • grandparents
  • men and women of all ages
  • people from metropolitan and remote areas
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members

It is not a problem to bring your children or grandchildren to the meeting.

We ask that you:

  • Have good links to the community
  • Have an interest in, or experience of child health and wellbeing
  • Respect and adhere to confidentiality requirements
  • Respect the views of all other members

When are meetings held?

Meetings are held four times per year and are generally 2 hours (meeting days/times are made to suit members).

How long am I expected to be involved?

Minimum 2 year term.

Where will meetings be held?

Telethon Kids Institute. Roberts Road, Subiaco WA. For people living in rural areas we will be considering video conferencing options.

What expenses are offered?

Out-of-pocket expenses are covered. Training is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close 4th December