MACH is committed to supporting consumers, community members, researchers, and research organisations working in partnerships to improve the health and well-being of all Australians through research. In addition to ensuring consumer representation on MACH committees and networks, we also support our partner organisations with consumer recruitment and collaboration.

MACH committees and networks

MACH operates under best practice standards in line with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s statement on Consumer and Community Involvement and our work is supported by the following committees and networks:

External Partners

Resources and useful links

MACH encourages consumer and community involvement in research and recognises the importance of the consumer voice.  As compensation for time and expertise, and any expenses incurred, MACH has remuneration and reimbursement guidelines, which are endorsed by the MACH Board Consumer Advisory Panel.

In addition to their time, consumers are eligible for reimbursement of certain out of pocket expenses. Such expenses may include parking expenses, travel and accommodation (if approved by COO of MACH).


Contacts to support researchers looking to engage consumers are listed below. Please refer to your relevant organisation or contact your local research office for further information:

MACH webinars

Presenters: Professor Cathy Vaughan (MISCH Hub, Uni Melbourne)

Increasingly funders require researchers and service providers to ‘co-design’ health interventions with patients or communities. And lots of people claim they are doing it. But what is ‘it’, exactly? Why might it be a useful approach to health research? Who should be involved, and how? This interactive seminar will cover these key questions and discuss common challenges and opportunities for co-design in health research.

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Presenter: Ms Erin Davis (MISCH Hub; Uni Melbourne)

This session builds on the previous webinar by Professor Cathy Vaughan (see above) with a focus on the Experience-based Co-design (EBCD) approach. In this interactive webinar, you will learn more about the EBCD stages, methods, resources, and case studies. You will also discover practical tips for project planning, budgeting, and ethics submissions in alignment with co-design principles and mindsets.

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“When consumers are included as a valued part of the team, they provide a different way of looking at the research which benefits the researcher, the research organisation and, ultimately, the health consumer.”

George Kiossoglou: Consumer Representative, WEHI and Melbourne Academic Centre for Health