Calvary Mater Newcastle is committed to building and maintaining relationships that strengthen the links between the hospital and the communities it serves. The hospital has developed a Consumer and Community Engagement Framework (2018-2021) in partnership with our Community Advisory Council (CAC). The framework provides an overarching structure to guide and support the hospital’s engagement with consumers and the community. The aim of the framework is to improve community health outcomes by providing services that are reflective of each person’s individual needs and those of the wider population.
‘Consumers’ are defined as people who have a lived experience of a health issue. They might receive health care or advice, or otherwise use health care services. They include patients, their friends, families, carers and members of the general public. Consumer involvement in research can be through consultation, participation, engagement, partnership, co-production and collaboration.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has developed a number of resources to assist researchers in involving consumers in their research.
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If you are interested in becoming a Calvary Mater Newcastle consumer representative for research, sign up to our Consumer Register via our Calvary Mater Newcastle website.