Role Title: TREK2School Research Assistant
Organisation: Telethon Kids Institute
Internship Period: Summer (November - December)
The environment children interact with can be either supportive or unsupportive of healthy behaviours and, as such, can play a pivotal role in how their lifestyle behaviours are shaped and subsequently maintained. Evidence that can strengthen urban planning and public health policies to create healthier built environments is urgently needed. We are seeking a highly motivated intern to help carry out spatial data collection to understand how the environments within which children live and go to school influence how active they are. The intern should have an interest in the connections between the built environment and health. The research will be undertaken in collaboration with practitioners covering urban planning/design, physical activity, public health, geography and active transport.
The specific research project for this internship is an analysis of the pedestrian network surrounding all government and non-government schools in Perth. TREK2School is a project being conducted in partnership with the Department of Transport to understand how the environments surrounding schools support or inhibit active school transport (walking, cycling, scootering) for students. The aim of the project is to inform future interventions designed to make travel to school safer and healthier for all students. The successful intern will work closely with the TREK2School PhD Candidate and the Food & Nutrition Program Coordinator.
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.