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 (CCI) 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 CCI in research have been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council; 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).
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.