Role Title: Physical Activity Project Intern
Organisation: Telethon Kids Institute (TKI)
Internship Period: Winter (June - July)
Scaled-up physical activity programs are urgently needed to support those who care for young children, as only one in three Australian children aged 2 to 5 achieve the recommended level of three hours of daily physical activity.
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are a key setting to intervene to increase physical activity. The Cancer Council, National Heart Foundation, Goodstart Australia, Nature Play Australia, the Australian Childcare Alliance, Minderoo Foundation-Collaboration for Kids, Department of Health and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries are working together to scale-up the delivery of an evidence-based policy for improving physical activity and movement in children attending care. The Play Active program was launched 1 December 2020 by the Hon Minister Simone McGurk. In 2021, Play Active was trialled in a randomised controlled trial with 80 ECEC services, results are emerging. In 2022, Play Active will be made available to every ECEC service in Western Australia as part of a large-scale roll-out of the program. The intern will be supporting the Senior Research Officer who is leading this roll-out during 2022. The intern will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, including health promotion practitioners and researchers. The intern will have the opportunity to work with some of the partner agencies on the Play Active program to help disseminate the program.
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.