Engagement on CCI statement

Review of the NHMRC Statement on consumer and community involvement in health and medical research

AHRA, with support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), is offering the community a unique opportunity to have input into the review of the national Statement on consumer and community involvement in health and medical research (consumer statement).

The consumer statement was originally developed in 2006 and last updated in 2016. It aims to support consumer and community involvement across all types and levels of health and medical research.

This review will ensure the consumer statement remains a trusted resource providing national leadership and overarching guidance to support consumer and community involvement in health and medical research. The statement will be reframed to focus on the principles and values of consumer and community involvement and the roles and responsibilities of all involved.

The community are the funders and beneficiaries of both research and healthcare in Australia and deserves to be front and centre in driving a health system fully informed by research that meets their needs.

For this reason, AHRA - through its NHMRC-accredited Research Translation Centres - will conduct a number of engagement workshops with the community across Australia until mid-May 2024 to seek feedback on the consumer statement.

Who can register for the engagement workshops?

AHRA encourages health consumers, researchers, clinicians and funding organisations to register for an engagement workshop in their state or territory. The table below lists upcoming dates for online and in-person workshops in alphabetical order by state/territory.

Please check back regularly as workshop dates and registration links will be continuously updated over coming weeks.

If you are unable to attend an online or in-person workshop you can still have your say by completing the NHMRC
online survey which closes on 31 May 2024.

List of engagement workshops



Host organisation & contact email address

Dates & times
*Please observe the different time zones.

Registration links for workshops

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian National University, Canberra



New South Wales

New South Wales Regional Health Partners

3 April

9:30am-11:30am (AEDT)

Online workshop

11 April

12:30pm-3:00pm (AEST)

In-person workshop

Sydney Health Partners

9 April

1:30pm (AEDT)

Online workshop

Northern Territory

Central Australian Academic Health Science Network, Alice Springs



Top End Academic Health Partners

29 April

(AUS Central Standard Time)

Hybrid online and in-person workshop


Health Translation Queensland

24 April

12:00pm-2:00pm (AEST)

Online workshop

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre

23 April

1:30pm-4:00pm (AEST)

In-person workshop Cairns

30 April

10:00am-12:30pm (AEST)

In-person workshop Townsville

South Australia

Health Translation South Australia enquiries@healthtranslationsa.org.au

19 March

9:30am-11:30am (ACDT)

In-person workshop


Monash Partners

19 March

3:00pm- 5:00pm (AEDT)

In-person workshop

18 April

9:30am-11:30am (AEST)

Online workshop

Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre



Western Australia

Western Australian Health Translation Centre

24 April

10:00am-12:00pm (AWST)

In-person workshop

23 April

10:00am-12:00pm (AWST)

Online workshop

What to expect?

Both the online and the in-person engagement workshops are being facilitated by the hosting Research Translation Centres (RTCs). The workshops will involve discussion and collation of your feedback around 4 key questions relating to the review of the consumer statement:

  1. What parts of the current statement have or have not worked well?
  2. What overarching values are essential to include in the value statement of the revised Consumer Statement?
  3. What are the most important practice principles to include in the revised consumer statement?
  4. What roles and responsibilities should be included in the revised consumer statement for consumers and communities; researchers; research institutions; and funders?

How to prepare?

While there are no mandatory requirements to prepare for your participation in the workshop(s), it is recommended that you read the Consumer Statement Review Position Paper prior to participating.

More information

For more information on the review of the NHMRC Statement on consumer and community involvement in health and medical research, visit the NHMRC website.

Subscribe to keep up-to-date with the latest on the consumer statement review.

For enquiries about the AHRA led engagement workshops, email the host organisations directly (details in the table above) or contact@ahra.org.au.


To hear more, join in or participate: contact us