The NHMRC/Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) joint Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research (the Statement) has been developed with the aim of supporting consumer and community involvement across all types and levels of health and medical research. The vision of the Statement is:
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.
Research informs health care decisions and research institutions, researchers, consumers and community members should work collaboratively to support, facilitate and value the contribution that consumers and community members make to research, and its development, conduct and communication.
As beneficiaries of advances in health care, consumers and community members have an interest in promoting the translation of research into improved policy and practice. It follows that health and medical research should develop processes and systems to incorporate and support sustainable consumer and community involvement.
This Statement replaces the joint NHMRC/CHF Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research published in 2002.
NHMRC and CHF developed the Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research (2002) and companion Summary Statement following the 1999 Health and Medical Research Strategic Review, chaired by Mr Peter Wills AC. A Model Framework and companion Resource Pack were published in 2004. The 2002 Statement, Summary Statement, Model Framework and Resource Pack can be accessed on the following webpage.