Sun health and weight

The Sun Health and Obesity project at the Telethon Kids Institute are looking for two research buddies to provide advice on their project looking at the effect of sunlight at reducing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

About the Project

Getting the right balance of sun exposure for optimal health is difficult. Too much and we risk sunburn and skin cancer. With too little, we risk end up with vitamin D deficiency and bone disease. This research aims to improve our understanding of how much sun exposure is required for optimal health. We have found that ongoing exposure to ultraviolet radiation of an amount that does not burn skin, prevented adverse heart and liver conditions in obese mice. We now want to find out whether sun exposure has similar effects in people. We would like to establish a small group of consumers to help evaluate and determine the next steps forward for this research.

About the role of consumers

The project is looking for two research buddies to provide input into a grant application currently being developed. Research buddies will be asked meet with researchers to provide:

  • A consumer and community perspective on the research
  • Input into the direction of the research
  • Feedback on information sheets
  • Advice on disseminating results to the community


What skills or experience do consumers need?

Consumers and community members with any of the following skills or experience are invited to apply:

  • People who are good communicators
  • Anyone with lived experience of type-2 diabetes, heart disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • People with links to the wider community
  • Previous experience of consumer and community involvement in research is desirable but not essential


How long will the committee be established?

12 months - 3 years depending on funding

Where will meetings be held?

Telethon Kids Institute

What out of pocket expenses or honorarium are available for consumers and community members?

$25 per meeting to cover out of pocket expenses

Closing date: 28th February 2016

To apply for this position please use the form on the right side of the screen.