Consumer Participation in Research for Consumers

Engaging consumers in the research cycle has become best practice worldwide.

What do we offer?

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) promotes consumer engagement in research. 

Health Issues Centre offers a full-day workshop that will teach consumers and community members the key definitions in research, types of research and study designs and provide them with practical tips to participate in the research cycle as consumer representatives. Participants will be able to engage with a research team to set up research agendas that are relevant to consumers.

This workshop will cover:

  • Background, definitions and principles of consumer engagement;
  • The NHMRC statement on consumer involvement in research;
  • The role of consumers in the research cycle; types of research;
  • Barriers to consumer engagement
  • How to work effectively as a consumer in a research team.

How much does the workshop cost?

It is $350 plus GST for individuals.

If you wish to register in a group, the cost is $350 plus GST for the first person, and then $200 plus GST for any additional person registered from the same organisation.

We encourage consumers and board members to seek funding from their health service to cover the cost of this training.

When is the next Health Issues Centre workshop?

This workshop is currently offered as on-site training only.

On-Site Training

For groups of 10 or more, Health Issues Centre staff can deliver this workshop on-site at a location of your choosing. These can be held at any time, but are subject to staff availability.

For more information

For more information or to book a session at your service, please contact Dr Tere Dawson on (03) 8676 9057 or via email at with any queries.

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