Complex Wounds Steering Committee Consumer Representatives
Complex wounds research using an innovative approach to improving treatments is underway at the Royal Perth Hospital. The research team are seeking two Consumer Representatives with a personal or carer experience of complex wounds due to traumatic injury to join a steering committee which will help guide the research.
About the project/vacancy
Two Consumer Representatives are required to join a Steering Committee based at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) to support important research into complex wounds.
Using innovative 3D printing technologies and stem cells, a team of specialists and researchers at RPH are working to create a new treatment for complex wounds.
Complex wounds are deep lacerations that affect multiple layers of tissue and are difficult to heal. These injuries are classified as either ‘chronic’, which result from an underlying illness such as diabetes, or ‘traumatic’ wounds from a major accident such as a car crash.
The research team aim to develop a new treatment for complex wounds that will encourage and accelerate healing, reduce the number of procedures required for wound management and reduce healthcare costs.
In order to establish faster translation from the lab to the bedside, the research team are establishing a Steering Committee that will guide and influence the research. The Steering Committee will include technical and health specialists as well as four community and consumer representatives to provide valuable insight from the patient perspective from both a chronic and trauma induced wound background.
About the position
The Consumer and Community Involvement Program is seeking two Community Representatives with a lived experience of complex wounds caused by a traumatic injury. These are wounds that have not healed or took a long time to heal with ongoing treatment and management from a health care team and were the result of an accident or injury from an external source (such as a car crash or other event).
Please note that applications will also be accepted from individuals who have cared for someone with complex wounds or a close family member who has or currently lives with someone with complex wounds.
What am I expected to do?
As a Consumer Representative on this Steering Committee you will be expected to:
- Participate in four meetings per year (either in person or via telelink)
- Review reports and other documentation and provide feedback
What skills or experience do I need?
- A lived experience of complex wounds that have resulted from trauma (either direct experience or as a carer/close family member living with someone with complex wounds)
- An interest in wound care treatments
- Strong communication skills
How long am I expected to be involved?
The project will be conducted over three years but an initial commitment for the steering committee will be for 12 months with the possibility of extending to 2 years involvement.
Where will meetings be held?
Royal Perth Hospital or via Internet meeting. Please note that it is not a requirement that you live in Perth as joining meetings via telelink is available.
What support is offered?
A $35 per hour honorarium is offered for meeting attendance. Training and support will also be offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.