A $3.2 million grant from Lotterywest will allow the highly successful Consumer Involvement Program of The University of Western Australia’s School of Population Health and the Telethon Kids Institute to be expanded to 18 other WA organisations.
The Australia-first initiative will give the public a direct say and input into medical research. It forms part of the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN), a collaboration between the State’s universities, hospitals, medical research institutes and WA Department of Health.
Professor John Challis from The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Executive Director of WAHTN said through the initiative the network would give a greater voice to the public, which would better support the needs of the community.
“We are fortunate that Western Australia is home to some of the world’s best medical researchers,” Professor Challis said.
“But what is also important to advance research, is the inclusion of the lived experience into research – the insights of people in the community living with a medical condition or needing to care for someone who has one.
“Health consumers and community members will be invited and encouraged to play a direct role in the future direction of health research through committees, advisory groups, feedback channels and forums.
“Through their input we can better support the needs of the Western Australian community.”
The initiative was announced yesterday by the Minister for Health John Day and Lotterywest at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
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