The Consumer and Community Advisory Council was established at The University of Western Australia School of Population and Global Health in 2006 and by June 2017 has met 36 times.
Enhanced quality and relevance of research and teaching through consumer and community involvement.
The purpose of the Council is to:
- Develop partnerships in which consumers, community members, academics and students work together to make decisions about health research priorities, policy, practice and teaching.
- Enable a process of enhancing the quality and relevance of research undertaken at the School
- Up to twelve consumer and community members, with one position reserved for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Two researchers
- Consumer Advocate and Consumer and Community Health Research Network staff
- Head of School (or nominee)
The Chair of the Council is a consumer or community member.
How was the Council established?
The Joint Steering Committee was established to undertake the necessary planning to establish Councils at the School and the Telethon Kids Institute.
Members of the Steering Committee were offered membership on either of the Councils. Remaining consumer and community member positions were advertised to:
- Consumers and community members already involved in research projects
- Community organisations
- The wider community in the Health + Medicine section of the West Australian newspaper
A role statement and selection criteria were developed and all applicants were interviewed. Researcher positions were advertised internally and selected and appointed by the Head of School.
Once all members were appointed a joint meeting with the Institute’s Consumer and Community Advisory Council was held to discuss the role and future tasks of the Councils.
What difference has the Council made?
The Council has had involvement in a number of activities including:
- Submission to School Review
- Strategic Planning
- Development of a tool to audit consumer and community involvement at the School
- Developing recommendations from the Consumer and Community Involvement Audit
- Establishing an award to recognise good practice consumer and community involvement in research
- Involving consumers and community members from the Council in individual research projects being conducted at the School
“I agreed to Chair the Council at the School. There followed a lengthy period of recruiting members, developing Terms of Reference, determining the parameters of the work of the Council and beginning to develop relationships with the staff and students at the university.”
Barbara Daniels – Past Council Chair at the School, 2015