AHRA secures contract for national consultation to reshape consumer and community involvement in health research

The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) has been commissioned by the National Health Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) to review their Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research. [Read the position paper here]

Under AHRA’s leadership, NSW Regional Health Partners will be hosting an in-person and online workshop in the coming months to capture the perspectives of consumers and researchers in rural and regional NSW.

The Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research, co-authored by the NHMRC and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) in 2016, aimed to provide guidance to various stakeholders involved in health and medical research. Its focus was on encouraging active participation of consumers and community members in all facets of the research process.

The Statement explains the benefits of involving consumers and community in health and medical research, to both the research process and implementing the outcomes of that research. It also outlines the different levels and types of consumer and community involvement, and currently includes advice regarding how to involve consumers and community in research.

The upcoming workshops aim to update the statement, reviewing the values and principles of consumer and community participation in research.  

Associate Professor Nicolette Hodyl, Director at NSW Regional Health Partners, stated, “We recognise the importance of actively involving consumers and community members as part of research teams to make research stronger. We are proud to actively engage in this national review and will be hosting a number of workshops in our region. “

NSW Regional Health Partners is one of the 13 research translation centres, along with the Australian National University, College of Health and Medicine, actively participating in this national consultation. Engagement workshops will be hosted around the country, with an online survey also available for those who can’t make the workshops to be involved. 

Stay tuned for further updates and opportunities to participate.