School of Population and Global Health

Consumer and Community Advisory Council


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The Consumer and Community Advisory Council was established in December 2006 to provide advice and consumer input into research at the School of Population Health.

Purpose and aim

The Consumer and Community Advisory Council (the Council) has been established to enable the School to develop partnerships in which consumers, community members and researchers work together to make decisions about research priorities, goals, methodologies, questions, and dissemination of results. This aim is aligned with the Memorandum of Understanding between the School and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the National Health and Medical Research Council and consumers Health Forum’s Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research.

Terms of reference

The Council will provide and/or facilitate:

  • Consumer and community perspectives on research and teaching undertaken at the School
  • Links between consumers, the community and researchers at the School
  • Advice and expertise on consumer and community issues and priorities for research
  • Advocacy on behalf of consumers and the community
  • Advice on avenues of disseminating research results
  • The implementation of the Participation Policy for consumer and community representatives involved in research at the School
  • Evaluation and reports on consumer and community participation at the School
  • Feedback on strategic planning and governance structures relating to consumer and community participation in research
  • The Consumer and Community Advisory Council will provide oversight and advice on the activities of the Participation Program through the Consumer Advocate of the Head of School


The Council will have sponsorship from the Head of School. The Participation Program will provide administration support to the Council.The Council will evaluate and report on its activities annually on the Schools website. The Council will also undertake a self-assessment performance review and Council training needs will be informed by the results of the self-assessment.


The School is committed to supporting and enabling equal opportunities and participation for Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

Membership of the Council will be:

  • 8 - 10 consumer / community members, one of whom will be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • 2 – 3 researchers / staff
  • Student representative
  • Consumer Advocate (convener / secretariat)
  • Head of School (or nominee)

The Chair of the Council will be a consumer / community member. The Council will have the authority to co-opt other members as required, and establish working parties for specific tasks or projects.



Chair of the Council:

  • Meet with the Consumer Advocate prior to meetings to establish the agenda
  • Represent the Council as required at events relevant to consumer and community participation in health and medical research to.

Participation Program: 

  • To provide support and mentoring to the members of the Council.
  • Facilitate links between the Institute and the Council
  • Keep the Council informed of organisational directions, changes and relevant issues
  • Provide administrative support

Method of appointment

The availability of consumer and community positions on the Council will be advertised in relevant and disability appropriate media, consumer organisations, the Participation Network and to consumer and community members currently involved in research or with links to the School. Researcher / staff positions on the Council will be advertised within the School.

Selection of Council Members

A selection panel consisting of the Chair, the Consumer Advocate and one other Council member will undertake the appointment process for the Council. The Head of School will endorse all Council appointments.


Council members will be appointed for 2 years. Members may apply for re-appointment for a second term.


The Council will meet four times a year on a quarterly basis. The duration of Council meetings will be no longer than two hours. The joint meeting at the end of each year between the Councils at The University of Western Australia School Population Health and the Institute may be longer. The sitting members will determine the Council meeting times. Council members will also be required to pre-read meeting documents and if necessary and/or appropriate consult with other groups. Council members may also be consulted on an ad-hoc basis between meetings if required.


A quorum shall consist of six members providing there are representatives from consumer / community members and researchers. In the absence of a quorum, any discussion or decisions will require ratification by the Council members either prior to or at the next meeting.

Payment and Support

Consumer and community members will be offered an honorarium for each Council meeting attended to acknowledge their contribution of time and any associated out of pocket expenses. 

All paperwork relating to the Council meetings will be provided in an appropriate and timely manner at least one week prior to the Council meeting. Council members will be able to access support and mentoring for their position on the Council from the Chair of the Council or the Consumer Advocate.   

Council members will be expected to access training on consumer and community participation in research and to develop an appreciation of the range and type of research projects undertaken at the School. There will not be any cost to Council members for participating in training.  

Council members will have an opportunity to be involved in research projects if deemed appropriate by the Council.


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