School of Population Health Consumer and Community Advisory Council

The Consumer and Community Advisory Council (Council) was established at The University of Western Australia School of Population Health in 2006 and by the end of 2014 had met 29 times.

Purpose:

The purpose of the Council is to:

  • Enable a process of enhancing the quality and relevance of research undertaken at the School
  • Provide a governance and oversight role for the Involvement Program at the School

Council membership

  • Eight to ten consumer and community members, one of whom would be an Aboriginal person
  • Two - three researchers
  • Consumer Advocate and Involvement Program staff
  • Head of School (or nominee)

The Chair of the Council is a consumer or community member.

Current Council membership can be viewed here.

How was the Council established?

The Joint Steering Committee  was established to undertake the necessary planning to establish Councils at the School and the Telethon Kids Institute.

Members of the Steering Committee were offered membership on either of the Councils. Remaining consumer and community member positions were advertised to:

  • Consumers and community members already involved in research projects
  • Community organisations
  • The wider community in the Health + Medicine section of the West Australian newspaper

A role statement and selection criteria were developed and all applicants were interviewed. Researcher positions were advertised internally and selected and appointed by the Head of School.

Once all members were appointed a joint meeting with the Institute’s Consumer and Community Advisory Council was held to discuss the role and future tasks of the Councils.

What difference has the Council made?

The Council has had involvement in a number of activities including:

  • Submission to School Review
  • Strategic Planning
  • Development of a tool to audit consumer and community involvement at the School
  • Developing recommendations from the Consumer and Community Involvement Audit
  • Establishing an award to recognise good practice consumer and community involvement in research
  • Involving consumers and community members from the Council in individual research projects being conducted at the School
"I agreed to Chair the Council at the School. There followed a lengthy period of recruiting members, developing Terms of Reference, determining the parameters of the work of the Council and beginning to develop relationships with the staff and students at the university."

Barbara Daniels - Past Council Chair at the School, 2015