Consumer and Community Involvement
Consumer and community involvement is a priority area for MACH, and we are committed to supporting consumers, community members, researchers and research organisations working in partnerships, to improve the health and well-being of all Australians through health and medical research. In addition to ensuring consumer representation on MACH committees and networks, we also support our partner organisations with consumer recruitment, and collaborating with partners where possible.
Consumer and Community Involvement operates under best practice standards in line with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s statement on consumer and community involvement.
This includes the establishment of a clinical research consumer engagement focused Community of Practice, run in collaboration with the VCCC.
- Our work with other research translation centres forms the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA). As an Alliance, we are running a four-part national project which aims to increase Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) capacity and inclusion across our partners
- By teaming with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) on a Consumer Engagement in Research Community of Practice, we support consumer engagement managers and other professionals at MACH hospitals and research institutes
- We ensure consumer representation to MACH Themes and Networks so patients and carers are speaking directly to those who research and treat their disease.
MACH is a proud member of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia.
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