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The Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group was established at the Telethon Kids Institute in 2007 to inform the wider community about infectious disease research and for community members to provide valuable input. The Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group is now part of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases.

Most of the Centre's infectious diseases work focuses on:

  • ear health and lung infections in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children
  • skin infections and rheumatic heart disease in Aboriginal children
  • approaches to improve parents' knowledge of childhood vaccinations
  • better ways to monitor and improve the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines
  • studies on the safety and efficacy to vaccinate in pregnancy to prevent serious maternal and early childhood infections.

The Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group provides a vital community perspective and guides development on infectious disease research at the Centre.


Currently Recruiting: there are two community reference groups within the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases currently seeking new members.

  • The Bacterial and Respiratory Infectious Diseases Group (BRIDG) are seeking research buddies and/or reference group members to guide their work in the area of bacterial and respiratory infectious diseases. Click here to view the expression of interest information, and contact Kelly Martinovich to register your details.

  • The Respiratory Syncytial Virus and other Acute Respiratory Infections Community Reference Group (RSV-ARI CRG) are looking for reference group members to assist with their research around acute respiratory infections affecting infants and young children, with a particular focus on Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV. Find out more here, or speak to Megan Baker to register your interest.