Our Consumer and Community Engagement Program

Consumer engagement audit and needs analysis

Health Translation Queensland recognises consumer engagement as an area that it can assist across our partnership, and we are currently developing a 3-year strategy for our offering in this area. The strategy will be informed by a focused consumer engagement audit and needs analysis across our partnership, involving background research and reading, one-on-one interviews and surveys with clinicians, researchers and consumers active in consumer and community involvement.

Some initiatives we are considering include consumer engagement training for researchers, researcher training for consumers, establishing and managing a consumer register, researcher support, and curating and developing consumer engagement tools.

In the meantime, Health Translation Queensland is progressing a number of initiatives that have been identified by the translational research community.

Consumer and community engagement advisory service

Health Translation Queensland recognises that many researchers would like to engage with consumers and community but they are not sure how and where to start. Health Translation Queensland has established a consumer and community engagement advisory service to provide initial advice to researchers and clinician-researchers on engaging with consumers. 

To seek advice on engaging consumers and community in your project, contact communications@healthtranslationqld.org.au.

Consumer engagement training for researchers

Health Translation Queensland is working with Health Consumers Queensland to deliver free Consumer Engagement Training for Researchers. The program is being delivered in two parts:

Session 1: Foundation Webinar

An Introduction to Involving Consumers in Research

This stand-alone webinar lays the foundation for involving consumers in your research, providing you with the concepts and tools you need to identify when and how to involve consumers and community in your project.

Session 2: Hands-on Workshop

Involving Consumers in your Research: Master Class

This workshop is for those interested in gaining hands-on skills in engaging consumers in their research projects. It builds on the learning from Session 1: Foundation Webinar (a prerequisite for this session) and will allow you to apply the skills you have learned to your own research ideas.

If you are interested in the training, please contact communications@healthtranslationqld.org.au to find out when the next session is scheduled.

Micro grants for consumer engagement

Health Translation Queensland piloted a micro granting approach to supporting consumer engagement in the recent MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) call.

The service involved Health Translation Queensland supporting project leads to:

  • source an appropriate consumer to provide consumer input to your project and provide advice on how you could involve consumers and community in your project

  • fund and organise payment to a consumer in your project design phase.

To apply for this support, contact communications@healthtranslationqld.org.au

Consumer review of grant applications

Health Translation Queensland can connect and fund consumer review of your grant application before you submit. The consumer review is performed by an experienced MRFF consumer reviewer, and it involves reviewing a draft of your application to provide a consumer perspective on:

  • where you could provide more content or evidence to strengthen your grant application

  • readability

  • consumer and community involvement in your project and how you could involve them in the project.

To apply for this support, contact communications@healthtranslationqld.org.au.

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