The Lions Eye Institute launches new Consumer and Community Advisory Panel

Several members of the Consumer and Community Advisory Panel

The Lions Eye Institute is delighted to announce the launch of our new consumer and community initiative – the Consumer and Community Advisory Panel.

The Consumer and Community Advisory Panel (CCAP) is a panel that will provide guidance on topics relating to clinical services, clinical trials, research, teaching, communications and community events. The panel includes patients, participants from our studies, Lions Eye Institute volunteers, and community members.

The CCAP is important to the Lions Eye Institute for a number of reasons. It ensures that we are meeting the standards set out in National Governance Frameworks, as well as our Clinical Governance and Accountability Framework; it helps us to better learn about the experiences, interests, and needs of people facing vision loss. The CCAP can help improve our practises, and understand the research interests of consumers and community members.

Facilitator Diana Vasov said the panel will include up to 12 community members who will meet several times a year. Many of the panel members have lived experience of vision impairment.

“The panel currently includes patients and Lions Eye Institute volunteers, however we are looking for additional panel members,” she said. “We believe that creating meaningful community partnerships is key to best practice and clinical governance, and that the feedback will help the Institute to better understand the needs and interests of people facing visual impairment or blindness.”

We aim to create further opportunities of consumer and community partnerships such as surveys, community conversations, workshops, and specialised subpanels.

If you are interested in joining the panel, or for more information, please contact us on (08) 9381 0777 or email communications@lei.org.au


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