Involving Consumers

Australian Health Research Alliance

NSWRHP is one of ten Research Translation Centres (RTCs) across Australia that together form the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA). Each has been accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in recognition of their leadership in excellent health research and research translation in Australia.

The Centres collaborate to develop and implement improvements in health service delivery and population health to ensure better health outcomes for all Australians.

The AHRA Council comprises the Directors of all member RTCs, including NSWRHP.

Other centres are:

    • Central Australia Academic Health Science Network
    • Health Translation QLD
    • Health Translation SA
    • Melbourne Academic Centre for Health
    • Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre
    • SPHERE Maridulu Budyari Gumal
    • Sydney Health Partners
    • Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre
    • Western Australian Health Translation Network

NSW Research Translation Centres’ Alliance

NSWRHP also works closely with Sydney Health Partners and Maridulu Budyari Gumal – The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) to advance translational health research to improve health and economic outcomes in NSW, and to strengthen NSW research competitiveness in Australia and internationally. Through this alliance, the NSW RTCs are working together to strengthen translational research infrastructure to facilitate research through cooperation on research governance and data sharing, and develop and deliver state-wide projects to address health priority issues for NSW.

Spinifex Network

The Spinifex Network is the key body representing rural and regional health research at a national level. NSWRHP developed, funded, and led the establishment of this Network, which now comprises over 60 rural and regional health organisations who have joined forces to raise awareness of regional and rural health issues, and advocate for funding for rural health and medical research.

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Involving consumers and people in the community makes health and medical research better.

Consumers and community members also have a right and responsibility to be involved in research that may impact their health and wellbeing.

As a member of the Australian Health Research Alliance, NSW Regional Health Partners strongly advocates for the involvement of consumers and community members in health research. Read AHRA’s position statement here. 

We want people with lived experience of health conditions, and health services, to help shape the conceptualisation, design, implementation and translation of health research. The goal is more relevant, responsive and effective health services.

If you’re a researcher, we have online resources to guide and support you in boosting the involvement of consumers and community members in your work.

They are categorised below to help you navigate various aspects of consumer and community involvement.

1. Engaging Consumers

2. Consumer Involvement - Practical Guides & Resources

3. Plain Language Resources

4. Researchers & Consumers Talk About the Value of Consumer Involvement - Videos

5. Evaluating the Consumer Involvement in Your Research

6. Publications and Reports on Consumer Involvement in Research