Your experiences and insights can improve medical research and health outcomes.
FHMRI conducts research projects to expand our understanding of basic science, accelerate medical innovation and promote healthy communities. Consumer participation in research improves knowledge of health and disease, ensures comprehensive and inclusive perspectives, and can help improve healthcare delivery and policy.
Consumer engagement does not require a professional health background. Consumers are considered the subject matter experts of their lived experience, and your insights are vital to improving medical research and health outcomes.
An evidence-based approach to consumer engagement gives us the understanding of engagement at differing levels or as a spectrum. Engagement will look different for each researcher, research project and topic. The levels fall into five broad categories: Inform, Consult, Involve, Collaborate/Partner and Empower/Consumer Led. As consumer engagement moves through the levels, the consumer voice becomes embedded in the organisation or team.
FHMRI is committed to meaningful consumer engagement in a way that fits each consumer and researcher to achieve the best outcomes for health research