NSW Regional Health Partners Announces 2023 Consumer and Community Involvement in Research Grant Recipients

NSW Regional Health Partners is excited to announce the recipients of the 2023 Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) in Research Grants, a program designed to support consumer and community involvement in health and medical research.

Launched in the final months of last year, the CCI in Research Grant has identified a group of dedicated researchers committed to advancing their work through meaningful consumer and community engagement.

The grant program, providing financial support of up to $1,000, enables researchers and their teams to actively involve consumers in various aspects of health and medical research. From compensating consumers for their role in project design, to covering the costs of Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) activities, the initiative aims to enhance the overall quality and relevance of research initiatives.

Dr Jessie Sutherland, Consumer Engagement Officer at NSW Regional Health Partners, emphasises the significance of consumer and community involvement, stating, “By involving consumers and community members, you can tap into new insights, build stronger community connections, make sure your research is meaningful to those it affects, and foster innovation in your research.”

The successful recipients of the 2023 CCI in Research Grant, and the organisations involved in the research are:

Yvette Hardy – Central Coast Local Health District (LHD)

Lucy Leu-Marshall – Central Coast LHD, Hunter New England LHD, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Calvary Mater Newcastle, Primary Health Network

Alison Brown – Hunter New England LHD, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Rachel Gerathy – Mid North Coast LHD

Frini Karayanidis – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Susanne Pritchard – Mid North Coast LHD, Charles Sturt University

Heather Lee – University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Heidi Lavis – Mid North Coast LHD and University of Newcastle

Megan Freund – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Phil Tully – University of New England

Mel O-Brien – Hunter New England LHD

Clara Murray – University of New England, Charles Sturt University, Hunter New England LHD, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Primary Health Network

Michelle Giles – Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Jane Ludbrook – Calvary Mater Newcastle

Emily Cox – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Eleonora Leopardi – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of New England, Central Coast Local Health District

Clare Collins – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Allison Cummins – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Central Coast Local Health District, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Mid North Coast LHD

Alice Rice – Hunter New England LHD, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Keely O’Brien – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Jeannette Lecher-Scott – Hunter New England LHD, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Louise Thornton – University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Michael McLucas – Hunter New England LHD

Olivia Whalen – University of Newcastle, Hunter New England LHD, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Nicolette Hodyl, Director at NSW Regional Health Partners, extends her congratulations to the successful recipients, expressing hope that the grant will play a transformative role in their research endeavours, ultimately contributing to the advancement of health research in the region.

Stay tuned for profiles on some of the successful grant recipients and a deeper dive into their important research.