Research Intern, Designing school environments to prevent bullying and improve mental health

Role Title: Research Intern, Designing school environments to prevent bullying and improve mental health

Organisation: Telethon Kids Institute (TKI)

Internship Period: Winter (June - July)

Location: Nedlands

Role Description

Peer bullying and aggression are key contributors to mental illness among children, contributing to loneliness, distress, and poor academic performance. Although a number of school-based prevention and intervention approaches to prevent bullying have been developed internationally, many of these cease to be effective after Year 9, with some programs inadvertently increasing bullying behaviour. New approaches to prevent bullying are needed. Interventions that address the school built or physical environment may be effective in reducing bullying and improving students’ mental health and wellbeing.
We are seeking an intern with an interest in the school built environment and social and emotional wellbeing. The successful intern will assist Dr Jacinta Francis in delivering the Building Out Bullying Project, a program of research that aims to generate policy-relevant evidence, system-level guidelines, and school-based interventions to improve the bullying behaviour and mental health of children attending primary and secondary school in Western Australia. The intern will be part of the School and Communities Team, within the Health Promotion and Education program at the Telethon Kids Institute. They will provide research assistance across a range of projects designed to improve students social and emotional wellbeing. Topics include, but are not limited to, sensory rooms, school culture and school environment audit tools.



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Organisation Mission

The Telethon Kids Institute is based within the Perth Children’s Hospital, and is one of the largest, and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, comprising a dedicated and diverse team of around 1,000 staff, students and honoraries. We've created a bold blueprint that brings together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, who share our vision to improve the health and wellbeing of children through excellence in research.