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Congratulations to Ms Ainslie Cahill AM

Maridulu Budyari Gumal - Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) is delighted to announce that Ms Ainslie Cahill, SPHERE’s Leader in Consumer and Community Involvement and Engagement, has been appointed as: a member of the Council for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); Chair for the NHMRC Consumer and Community Advisory Group. We congratulate Ainslie on her appointments which is clear recognition of her contribution to, and expertise in, Consumer and Community Involvement in research.

Ms Cahill is the Leader of Consumer and Community Involvement and Engagement (CCIE) at SPHERE. She has contributed extensively to raising awareness of the importance of CCIE in research and to building capacity in this area across the SPHERE partnership.  Ainslie has also represented SPHERE and played a significant role in the development of CCIE resources nationally via the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA).

Ainslie is a member of the NHMRC Community Observers Working Committee and Commonwealth Department of Health Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel.

From 2018-2021, Ainslie was a member of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee and NHMRC Community and Consumer Advisory Group.

She was CEO of Arthritis Australia from 2006-2018 and a Board Member of Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) from 2008-2014.

Ainslie is a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) – for significant service to people living with arthritis, and to community health groups; Life Member of Arthritis Australia – for her outstanding contribution in making a difference to the lives of tens of thousands of Australians; and Life Member of CHF – for leading the transition of CHF from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee.

You can read more about her recent appointment at NHMRC Council in the media release here.

More information on Consumer and Community Advisory Group is available on NHMRC’s website.

A national effort to strengthen consumer and community involvement

SPHERE is co-leading a national collaborative effort with AHRA members to accelerate the implementation of best practice Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) in Australia.

Learning, sharing and weaving

Understanding Aboriginal perspectives and cultural knowledge was the subject of this outstanding Applied Indigenous Research Methods workshop.

2023 Seed Funding Grant recipients announced

We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2023 SPHERE Seed Funding Grants.