CCI in Research Alliance wins WiT Consumer Strength Champion Award

29 September 2023

Congratulations to the 8 female leaders from HTQ’s partnership who won the Consumer Strength Champion Award at the 2023 Women in Technology (WiT) Awards for their work to establish HTQ’s Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) in Research Alliance.

HTQ Operations Director Katrina Cutler said the WiT awards recognise and celebrate the positive impact women in STEM have when they choose to collaborate, creating a ripple effect across their industry and community.

“When we decided, in late 2022, to join forces and amplify our CCI in research efforts across Queensland, each of us was already working individually to advance consumer involvement in health research within our organisations,” Ms Cutler said.

“We began looking for ways to support, promote and embed quality CCI in research across the state so that research in partnership with consumers and community members becomes the norm.

“Within 6 months, we had established the CCI in Research Alliance, which includes consumer representatives with universities, health services and research institutes and embarked on 4 major projects.

“The projects include developing a CCI in research framework for the state; establishing a consumer registry focused on health research; creating shared training to ensure consistency across the sector; and improving reporting and showcasing the benefits of CCI in research.

“The ultimate goal is to ensure that Queensland’s health research reflects the needs of its residents and the priorities of local communities.

“Our leadership team is an outstanding example of women working together to realise a shared vision – in our case, excellence and best practice for consumer and community involvement in research.”

CCI in Research Alliance leaders and members

The alliance currently has 28 members, comprised of 25 CCI in Research leads from HTQ’s 13 partners, and 3 consumers who bring their lived experience to the group.

HTQ leads the group and supports its activities through financial and human resourcing.

The 8 leaders awarded are:

  • Anja Christoffersen, Champion Health Agency
  • Jessica Taylor, QENDO
  • Jana Hesketh, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Nancy Cloake, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Jo Maxwell, The University of Queensland
  • Alison Bell, The University of Queensland
  • Benedette Watson, Translational Research Institute
  • Katrina Cutler, HTQ

For further information about the CCI in Research Alliance, contact Katrina Cutler.

For the complete list of the 2023 WiT award winners, see the WiT website.

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