Platforms

Consumer and Community Involvement

Monash Partners fully supports the involvement of health care consumers and the community in research, health care improvement and innovation. Our philosophy is research and innovation in partnership with the community, rather than for the community (i.e. nothing about us without us).

Consumer and community involvement in healthcare refers to the active partnership between researchers, health professionals and those affected by or who may benefit from the research or healthcare improvement project.

Consumers, relevant communities, organisations, services and settings (e.g. community health centres, hospitals, cultural groups) can play a significant and valuable role in informing research and healthcare improvement initiatives.

Benefits of consumer and community involvement in research have been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Consumer Health Forum of Australia and outlined in the Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research 2016  and the Consumer and Community Involvement in Healthcare Position Statement written by the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF).

Our Consumer and Community Involvement Platform supports healthcare providers, researchers and managers to work in partnership with consumers and community members.

We have developed a consumer and community involvement space to support the needs of researchers and healthcare workers less familiar with this. We hope this provides some insights for consumers and community members. The resources and links offer general and practical information and strategies to meaningfully conduct and embed consumer and community involvement in research and health care improvement projects. Significant work has already been undertaken nationally and internationally in this area, and many of these links are referenced here.

View our Consumer and Community Involvement Education and Training, HERE.

The community are the funders and beneficiaries of health care, and health and medical research. We are all the collective custodians of our health and research systems. We must work together through research and healthcare improvement, to shape our health system to best serve our community.

Professor Helena Teede,
Executive Director
Monash Partners

News and Resources

From the Executive Director: Working collaboratively to address health service priorities In line with our purpose, Monash Partners facilitates collaborative platforms, connecting researchers, clinicians and the community across our Partners and… more
Consumer and community involvement: implementing a model for consumer advisory panels across Monash Partners Seven research projects were recently awarded funding thanks to our partnership with Equity Trustees. This collaboration recognises high impact research… more
MIME to lead new business support program to aid Victorian MedTech innovation The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME), Monash Partners clinical innovation platform, has received welcomed government support for Victorian MedTech… more
From the Executive Director: Partnership supports most vulnerable Since 2017, Monash Partners' innovative and transformative partnership with Equity Trustees, has provided over $900,000 for high impact research projects… more

View all News & Resources