consumer and community


welcome to the program

The Consumer and Community Involvement Program (CCIP) facilitates partnership between consumers, community members and researchers. 

It provides researchers with an invaluable perspective to the appropriateness, relevance and applicability of their research program. Consumers learn more about health research and are empowered to make informed choices about their health care.

Involving consumers and community members in the research process is an important step towards developing and delivering effective, patient-centred health care. 

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how does it work?

Our work at OPUS can only produce practical outcomes by engaging with consumers through the life of the research project cycle to ensure that research outcomes match community expectations. No matter the Tier nominated, we want to ensure consumers receive a deeper understanding of how each piece of the puzzle fits into the bigger picture of better osteoarthritis management.

1. Recruitment

Participants from all backgrounds are invited to join the program.

OPUS will maintain a support network for consumer members and researchers to ensure participants are engaged and kept abreast of progress.

2. training

Resources are available to all participants, a half-day orientation workshop introduces participants into the roles and responsibilities and the medical research landscape and ongoing support is available to constantly guide participants in their journey.

3. partnership

Depending on the Tier nominated, OPUS will facilitate the initial contact with matching researchers. 

OPUS will remain in regular contact with both researchers and consumers throughout the journey to provide support and guidance.

who can participate?

OPUS welcomes interested members of the public with little-to-no scientific background, of any age and gender, to participate in osteoarthritis (OA)-related research projects. OPUS is reaching out to participants who may have varying degrees of experience with OA: patients, carers for those with OA or even community members who are interested in health care in general.


The program is guided by a Consumer Advisory Group (CAG), consisting of consumer advocates, researchers, research students and administrative support. The CAG meets quarterly to discuss research progress, activities within the CCIP and provides an opportunity for all consumer participants to bring any issues or concerns to the attention of OPUS for resolution.

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