Consumer and Community Involvement Coordinator

Ben Horgan is the Consumer and Community Involvement Coordinator in the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) at the Department of Health. Ben aims to better connect health consumers to research through his role.

“We can play a part in ensuring research dollars are well spent by supporting and advocating for people with a lived experience within the health system to be involved in research,” he said.

Mr Horgan will develop, assess and review RIO's community involvement and its impact, support health research to link with consumers ensuring the research question is appropriate, the methodology supports participation and the results can be translated in better health care.

RIO, which provides administrative and operational support to the Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund, will work with Mr Horgan to ensure the FHRI Fund embeds best-practice consumer and community involvement in its activities.

Mr Horgan is aiming to establish a framework to measure community involvement in research, and play a role in ensuring research funding is used to maximum effect by giving health consumers and the community a voice within funded projects.

The role was created through a partnership between RIO and the Western Australian Health Translation Network through their Consumer and Community Involvement Program.

The Consumer and Community Involvement Coordinator role ties into the Sustainable Health Review, which noted that partnerships with consumers and researchers for high value health care will ensure waste is reduced and that only treatments with a strong evidence base are funded.

Last Updated: 01/06/2021