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Consumers in research

Health service consumers and community members, are people with an interest in supporting the research activities of Metro South Health.

Metro South Health recognises that maximising the benefits of health research requires a community that guides and supports our research efforts. This involves informed consumers who participate in research and employees who effectively apply their knowledge and skills.

In addition to the provision of evidence becoming a compulsory component of many research funding schemes, researcher utilisation of the insight, experience and advice of consumers and community members is increasingly relevant to the development and undertaking of relevant research priorities and projects across Metro South Health.

Listed below are some guides, tools and existing mechanisms to assist individual researchers, research groups or departments to access this valuable input.

Partnering with consumers in research


Partnering with consumers in research (PDF, 296.54 KB)


MSH consumer partnership resources

MSH Consumer Partnering (internal links)

MSH procedures, work instructions and guidelines (internal links)

Education (internal links)

Consumer engagement and consent form

  • As part of the SSA process the Research Governance office must be advised when consumers are engaged for a specific study.
  • The MSH Consumer engagement and consent form template is required when the consumer is engaged as part of the research team and is likely to be included as a co-author on any resulting publications.
  • To illustrate by way of examples, Consumer engagement and consent form is required if the consumer is a listed co-investigator, given data to analyse, involved in writing the PICF or protocol, involved in study design and/or their work is being included.
  • Please include the research project/study title and ERM Reference Number and ensure the information sheet/consent form is signed by the relevant Principal Investigator/Supervisor.


Toolkits and other resources

National Clinical Trials Governance Framework (NCTGF)

Health Translation Queensland (HTQ)

Health Consumers Queensland 



Microgrants for consumer and community involvement

The Health Translation Queensland Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) microgrant program is designed to support research projects to fund consumer involvement in project design and research priority setting. 

Metro South staff are eligible to apply. Contact for the EOI form.

HTQ Consumer and Community Involvement Program

*Please note, micro grant applications take approximately 2-4 weeks to assess once submitted. Please be mindful of this timeframe in relation to your project deadlines.

Information for our community

For more information on consumer and community engagement:

Last updated 19 December 2023
Last reviewed 19 December 2023