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Consumer and Community Engagement


A commitment to improving consumer and community engagement in health and medical research

SAHMRI has joined forces with the Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA) to bring researchers and consumers together to tackle some of the greatest health issues confronting us today. 

A framework for better engagement 

We are using our co-research framework to engage consumers in planning research priorities, in the projects themselves, and in working out how to make sure our research really does improve the health of individuals and communities. 

The framework was informed by a review of literature and current practice from across the world. We have formed a Consumer and Community Engagement Committee  and their work plan has four immediate priorities: 

  • embed consumer and community engagement in SAHMRI culture 
  • build the capacity of researchers for consumer engagement 
  • create a register of consumers interested in different aspects of research 
  • research and evaluate our work to help us do it better. 

Meet the committee 

Ms Debra Kay, Chair 

Dr Caroline Miller, Executive Representative SAHMRI 

Ms Ellen Kerrins, Executive Representative HCA 

Health consumers

Ms Kristin Johansson 

Ms Judy Smith 

Ms Julie Marker 

Mr Alan Bevan

Ms Penelope McMillan

Ms Ellie Hodges

Dr María Alejandra Pinero de Plaza

Dr Cecil Camilleri

SAHMRI representatives 

Ms Julie Butters

Professor Steve Wesselingh 

Dr Carmel Collins 

Ms Katrina Hanna 

Associate Professor Philippa Middleton 

Ms Kathy Mott 

Dr Michael Musker 

Dr Nathan O’Callaghan 

Ms Kim Hemsley 

Dr David Yeung 

Ms Melissa Coleman

Get in touch 

If you are interested in finding our how you can be involved as a consumer, please get in touch through consumers@sahmri.com

Interested in reading more?

You might be interested in reading the following documents which you can download via the buttons at the top right of this page:

  • SAHMRI. A Consumer and Community Engagement Framework for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Adelaide: SAHMRI; June 2014.
  • Johnson A.  What strategies for consumer engagement in health and medical research have been effective for consumers and researchers? A Review of the Literature. Adelaide: SAHMRI; September 2013.

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Adelaide 5000
South Australia

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PO Box 11060
Adelaide 5001
South Australia


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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.