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Dobney Centre: High Blood Pressure – Consumer Reference Group

About the project and the involvement opportunity

The Dobney Hypertension Centre (DHC) is a collaborative venture between The University of Western Australia and Royal Perth Hospital. It is led by Professor Markus Schlaich, an international leader in research of high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension. DHC is accredited as a Hypertension Excellence Centre by the European Society of Hypertension and engages in high quality clinical research with the ultimate aim to better understand the mechanisms that lead to elevated blood pressure.

Throughout the year, numerous clinical trials and research studies are run by the dedicated research team that aim to both improve health outcomes and optimize the treatment of hypertension across the community.

Hypertension is the biggest killer world-wide with an estimated 10.8 million deaths per year directly attributable to uncontrolled blood pressure. Hypertension comes in many facets: sometimes revealed during pregnancy, frequently associated with obesity and chronic kidney disease, and not rarely presenting itself in the emergency department with hypertensive crises and strokes. While much progress has been made to better understand the underlying causes and manage elevated blood pressure and its consequences, less than 50% of patients diagnosed with hypertension are adequately controlled. The presence of other cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors are important contributors to this scenario and therefore represent another major focus of our research. With our unique methodologies we are at the forefront of research in several of these areas. There are opportunities for volunteers to actively engage and participate in a wide range of clinical studies.

About the position

We are looking for 10-12 consumer/community members to support our team of researchers to ensure consumers and community have a strong voice in our work.

What am I expected to do?

People who are interested can help guide and support our team of researchers with specific projects, as well as research grant applications and plain language summaries across the breadth of the team’s work.

Providing the link between consumers, community and researchers across Dobney Hypertension Centre, providing input to develop strategies to inform the wider community about the research of the group and guidance and expertise on consumer and community issues and research priorities.

What skills or experience do I need?

Understanding or lived experience with hypertension, including additional risk factors, a consumer with a lived experience of cardiovascular disease would be advantageous.

How long am I expected to be involved?

Reference group members are appointed for 2 years. At the end of the initial term, you can apply for reappointment for a further term of 1- 2 years.

Where will meetings be held?

Dobney Hypertension Centre, Level 3, Medical Research Foundation Building, Rear 50 Murray St, Perth WA 6000

What support is offered?

$37.50 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.

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