Early Environment Research Focus Area Steering Committee REF TK00074

Are you worried about how the environment affects children? Would you like to help researchers understand how environmental causes have an impact on children? Applications are now open to join the Early Environment Steering Committee at Telethon Kids Institute.

About Research Focus Areas

Research Focus Areas are collaborative networks that bring together Telethon Kids Institute researchers with external researchers, health services and consumers to ensure our research is translated into real outcomes for children. There are four Research Focus Areas at Telethon Kids Institute:

  • The Early Environment
  • Chronic Diseases of Childhood
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Aboriginal Health

We are also looking for people to join the Steering Committees for Chronic Diseases of Childhood and Brain and Behaviour.

About the Early Environment Research Focus Area

The environment affects the health and development of a child, from before the child is conceived and throughout their entire life. Research in this area includes looking at infections, diet and physical activity, the amount of sunlight the child is exposed to, and the physical environment around them (e.g. parks and buildings).

Understanding how the environment has an impact on children is key to preventing and treating a number of common childhood conditions

About the Position

  • To provide a consumer and community perspective to the Early Environment Research Focus Area Steering Committee
  • To work together to make decisions about research priorities, practice and policies
  • As a Steering Committee member you will also be required to become a member of the Telethon Kids Institute Community Advisory Group 

Read more about the Community Advisory Group

What am I expected to do?

  • Attend Research Focus Area Steering Committee meetings
  • Participate in activities of the committee
  • Provide a consumer and community perspective and advice on all of the Steering Committees activities
  • Provide advice and expertise relating to consumer and community priorities and perspectives on research
  • Provide access to relevant community networks
  • Provide input into reporting of consumer and community involvement activities
  • Attend the Community Advisory Group Meetings and provide updates

What skills or experience do I need?

  • Links to the community
  • Ability to contribute at a strategic level on a committee
  • Have an interest in, or experience of child health and wellbeing
  • Respect and adhere to confidentiality requirements
  • Respect the views of all other members
  • It is desirable that applicants can demonstrate:
    • Understanding of consumer and community involvement in research
    • Committee experience

What is the time commitment?

Two years, it is anticipated that you will meet a minimum of six times per year for the Steering Committee and four times a year for the Community Advisory Group. Each meeting will be approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.

Where will meetings be held?

Telethon Kids Institute. Roberts Road, Subiaco WA.

What support is offered?

Honorariums for each meeting attended. Free training and mentoring is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network. 

Applications close 31st January 2017