Involving health consumers in research
Building on our previous workshops and reports about health consumer engagement in research we, in partnership with Sydney Health Partners, are undertaking a scoping review and needs assessment of health consumer and community involvement in research across Sydney Health Partners. This needs assessment will inform a series of training seminars delivered in late 2020 for consumers, researchers, and clinicians.
Sydney Health Partners is made up of the Sydney, Northern Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health Districts; the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (at Westmead), the University of Sydney and ten affiliated medical research institutes. It is an Australian Government-accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre, which aims to deliver the benefits of research innovation to health consumers and communities.
The needs assessment includes an online survey and interviews with key stakeholders which will inform the training seminars for researchers, consumers and clinicians. Carrie Hayter (left) is the Project Manager and is leading the needs assessment.
Dr Ilse Blignault (right), consultant and university researcher, will develop the content of the training sessions based on the results of the needs assessment.
Building the capacity of researchers, clinicians and health consumers will result in a better understanding of what each group brings to the table. The aim is for all groups to work together to improve the involvement of health consumers in research and the outcomes of health research for the community.
For further information about the project contact Carrie Hayter on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: left – Carrie Hayter, right – Dr Ilse Blignaut