Sun Safe App Project REF NUMBER TK00677

Are you aged 12 – 16 years? Would you like to be involved in the development of a new online tool to promote healthy sun behaviours? The Telethon Kids Institute are looking for a 'research buddy' to talk to their researchers. No knowledge of research required.

Applications have now closed

About the project

Healthy sun behaviour means finding the right balance between getting enough vitamin D for the development of strong bones and reducing the risk of developing skin cancers later in life.  As melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults, new ways are needed to support young people to find a healthy balance between sun protection and sun exposure.
The aim of this study is to develop and test a ‘sun safe’ online tool for 12-13 year olds. 

About the Position

The researcher is looking for one young person to be a research buddy for this new project. You will work together with another young person who is already involved in the project.

What am I expected to do?

  • Provide advice on the design of study interviews and workshops and how to recruit participants
  • Have input into the development of the online tool (e.g. a Smartphone App)
  • Help with the wording of the questions to be used in a multiple-choice test on sun health
  • Provide feedback on the results of the testing of the tool
  • Advise on how the developed tool can be best promoted to young people and the wider community


What skills or experience do I need?

You need to be a young person aged between 12 and 16. You must also have access to the internet at home and a smartphone.

What is the time commitment?

Along with the other research buddy, you will need to attend 6 meetings over 2 years. The first meeting will be held in March 2018. Each meeting will take no longer than 1 hour.

Where will meetings be held?

Telethon Kids Institute, 100 Roberts Road, Subiaco, WA. From mid-2018, meetings will be held at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.

What support is offered?

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


Applications have now closed