This involves holding one-off or occasional meetings with community members or consumers who have a common or shared interest to ask for their views or input. This could be about the design of:
- a specific project
- community issues
- priorities for new research
- the potential impact or benefit to the community
- research results or findings
Alternatively these can also be used to inform or seek specific information from the community. Forums can be a good way of accessing input from large groups of people in a short period of time.
Opportunities for further involvement in the research project can be offered to consumers and community members whilst at these forums. Consumer and community forums can also be know as community conversations.
Who could attend a community forum?
- Consumers or community members
- Members of consumer, advocacy or community organisations
- Community members with a common interest or health issue
Putting it into practice
CANCER PREVENTION FORUM
A community conversaton was held to discuss consumer opinions and views on the focus and direction of cancer prevention research in Western Australia
A community conversation on primary care research in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) was held by researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the Consumer and Community Health Research Network. Amoung the fourteen participants who attended were members of the FH Support Group and FH Australasia Network.
Telethon Kids Institute wanted to hear from young people between the ages of 15-25 to discuss health and well-being and ways for the youth voice to be heard in the work of the Institute.
A research project conducted at the School about an increase in consumer co-payments for prescription medicines. A community forum was held to seek consumer input into findings of this research project. It was important to have input from a diverse group of health consumers who took multiple medicines that were funded by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The researcher worked with the Health Consumers’ Council of WA to access consumers and took part in a radio interview to explain about the purpose of the forum. The forum was well attended by over 60 people aged between 18 and 92.
The Australian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Collaboration was developing a screening and diagnostic instrument. The Alcohol and Pregnancy Community Conversations sought community input into this instrument.
BEYOND THE TEACHING NURSING HOME: A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP OF LEARNING AND CARE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
A new teaching area for health professional students was being established within the Bethanie Joondanna retirement complex. The complex contains residential aged care hostels and independent living units. A community conversation was held to discuss the establishment of this new teaching area with residents of the complex.
Two consultation forums were held in Perth and Broome to inform consumers about mandatory notification of cerebral palsy to the Cerebral Palsy Register and to hear any concerns people had. The Cerebral Palsy Description
Form was also introduced at the forums.
CHRONIC DISEASE OUTCOMES AND ENHANCED PRIMARY CARE IN SENIORS AND IMPROVING MEDICATION SAFETY IN SENIORS (65+) COMMUNITY FORUMS
In collaboration with the Health Consumers Council of WA, three community forums were held to seek community feedback about chronic disease outcomes and medication safety.