CoLab For Kids Community Reference Group REF TK00639

Are you pregnant or parent/carer of a child aged 0 -8 years? Do you live in the Wanneroo, Cockburn/Kwinana or Midland areas? Would you like to join an exciting new community reference group to bring your lived (personal) experience to help enhance early childhood development for all children?

Applications close:  11th August 2017


About the project

Colab For Kids is a new partnership between Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation, developed to help young children in Australia to develop, learn and thrive.

About the position

A community reference group for CoLab would provide a much-needed community/family ‘voice’ to ensure that research is informed by the needs and priorities of the community. We are looking for 10 – 14 members of the community to join this group to have active involvement in key decision-making for CoLab, with an aim to create better initiatives and programs, and to improve the way services are provided to the community.

What am I expected to do?

The community reference group members will:

  • Identify priority issues for families in raising young children
  • Provide guidance in deciding the best terminology to use
  • Assist in developing the Communication Strategy by providing a community perspective on the appropriate use of social media and other forms of media
  • Assist in developing a strategy to connect to hard-to-reach families in the Wanneroo, Cockburn/Kwinan or Midland areas
  • Provide input into the development of research strategies for potential new projects
  • Assist in reviewing the “Parents and Families” section of the CoLab website
  • Review documents

What skills or experience do I need?    

You will need to be a pregnant or parent/carer of a child aged 0 – 8 years old and live in the Wanneroo, Cockburn/Kwinana or Midland areas. Researchers are also keen to hear from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and people from different cultural backgrounds.

What is the time commitment?

Two years with a possibility of extending. It is planned there will be two meetings per year, with potential work for smaller projects in between.

Where will meetings be held?

To be decided.

What support is offered?

Honorariums are offered at $30 per hour for meetings. Free training and mentoring is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.


Applications close:  11th August 2017