Matt Chen

Community input and participation in research is a cornerstone component of TCHI’s strategy and we are testing pathways to make this a reality.

To achieve significant and sustained improvement in the health outcomes of our community, the research undertaken needs to reflect local needs. Community members are best placed to provide advice about those needs and they also have a moral right to input into, and participate in, the research that will affect them. But the pathways for community input into the research agenda are not always clear, so TCHI plans to test options for creating structured pathways to achieve this objective. An initial concept has been developed, which is ready to test in a co-designed pilot project with a regional community – the first step towards implementing our community engagement and participation strategy.

This project is currently in the concept stage and Members will be advised about opportunities to provide input into its development.