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RESP-VENT Pneumonia Study CRG

Have you, or your loved one, had the experience of been very unwell and in hospital with a lung condition, such as pneumonia, asthma or bronchiectasis? Physiotherapy researchers from Curtin University want to investigate the contribution that physiotherapists make to patients’ recovery both within hospital and after discharge.

About the project/vacancy

Hospital patients who are very unwell with severe, acute lung conditions, usually require respiratory treatment from a physiotherapist to aid in their recovery.
There are a variety of different respiratory treatments that physiotherapists working in hospitals can provide, however we don’t know which of these techniques works the best, or results in the best recovery for patients.

About the position

Curtin University researchers would like to invite two individuals who have been very unwell and required high dependency or intensive care treatment for a lung condition, or are a family member of someone who has, to discuss their experience.

What am I expected to do?

The researchers would like you to help them investigate:

  • Do patients and their loved one/carer value the respiratory treatments provided by physiotherapists when they are breathing on an artificial ventilator in ICU?
  • What outcomes should ICU physiotherapists focus on when providing treatments to those breathing with an artificial ventilator?
  • Which symptoms are most difficult to deal with, and could be the focus of future research?

What skills or experience do I need?

You would need to have been very unwell in hospital with a lung condition, or be a close family member of someone who has.

How long am I expected to be involved?

If the project is funded, it will run through until the end of 2022

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be based at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus, but you can join remotely via telephone or the Web if that is more convenient.

What support is offered?

Honorariums will be offered in line with the Consumer and Community Involvement Program Guidelines and training in working as a consumer in research can be made available if required.

Applications can be completed by following the link to our simple application form: or by email or phone (08) 6151 1071

Applications close: 02 July 2021