Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Scientific Advisory Committee.

The PCH Foundation has a proud tradition of supporting the Perth Children’s Hospital and the Child and Adolescent Health Service. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the community, we’ve contributed over $100 million in grant funding since 1998. A core part of our support is funding ground-breaking research and world class experts to ensure WA kids are at the forefront of the best possible preventions, cures and care, right here in WA.  

As our funding of research has grown, so have we, and in 2024 we are excited to be launching our inaugural PCH Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee. This Committee will undertake a rigorous scientific review of our funding applications and provide independent scientific advice to the Foundation and its Board. 

Who are we looking for? 

The Foundation is seeking to attract experienced researchers with relevant experience and understanding in areas relating to the healthcare of children and young people. We are committed to ensuring our Scientific Advisory Committee is as diverse as our community and are seeking expressions of interest from individuals from across the healthcare spectrum, including allied health, nursing and midwifery, physicians and scientists. We expect our Committee to be at least 50% women and to include a range of cultural backgrounds. We feel it’s vital to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders researchers on our Committee and actively encourage applications from First Nations researchers. 

Are you eligible?

Panel members will be selected with several factors in mind. Nominees should have the following: 

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Healthcare Experience

Have experience working in paediatric healthcare, or other forms of relevant professional practice. 

Research Experience

A postgraduate research qualification and at least 10 years research experience. 

No Conflicts

We are committed to ensuring our grants are objectively assessed and free from real or perceived conflicts of interest. We are seeking individuals who have not worked for the Child and Adolescent Health Service for at least 3 years.  


We expect to conduct most of our work virtually, with reviews being distributed 4 to 6 times per year. The Committee will meet via video-conference at least 4 times a year.  

Role, responsibilities and expectations.

Members of the PCH Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee will provide independent scientific reviews of research applications received by the Foundation. This will include research projects and the recruitment or appointment of research fellowship or professorial chairs. In addition, the Committee will provide independent advice to the PCH Foundation Board on areas of strategic importance. Committee members will be required to comply with the Scientific Advisory Committee terms of reference, including appropriate declarations of interest, as relevant. 

Members will be appointed for a term of two years and be eligible to be reappointed for one additional term.  

We recognise your commitment to the kids of WA.

We know that you are committing to help the Foundation to support the kids of WA and we want to ensure you are supported and recognised for your contributions.  

Our dedicated Grants team, led by Emma Hall, will ensure you receive all the support you need to review our research applications. We will profile you on our website and our impact and annual reports and can provide statements of recognition if desired. Finally, we know your reviews may occur in your own time and we will provide an honorarium of $1000 per annum in recognition of the time and contributions you make to the Foundation and our goals. 

Get in touch!

The recruitment of our inaugural Scientific Advisory Committee is being supported by Graham Hall from Synergy Health Solutions. If you are interested in applying or would like to know more, please contact Graham on 0439 692 870 or graham.hall@synergyhealthsolutions.com.au 

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