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Walking together: Diabetes-related foot ulcer management

About the project and the involvement opportunity
Diabetes-related foot ulcers pose a significant health challenge, requiring a comprehensive and collaborative approach to address the needs of individuals affected by this condition. Recognizing the importance of consumer involvement, we are excited to introduce an innovative opportunity that empowers those living with diabetes-related foot ulcers to actively contribute to the development of research strategies to drive meaningful advancements in the field.

Our initiative aims to establish a consumer advisory group where individuals with or who have lived with diabetes-related foot ulcers become integral contributors to the development of our research agenda. This involvement goes beyond traditional healthcare approaches, fostering a sense of community, empathy, and shared responsibility in managing this specific aspect of diabetes care. By joining this initiative, consumers not only have the opportunity to shape the future of diabetes-related foot ulcer research but also play a vital role in advancing personalized and effective care for themselves and others.

About the position
Community advisory group member for diabetes-related foot disease research conducted by the South Metropolitan Health Service in conjunction with the University of Western Australia.

What am I expected to do?
We expect that the consumer advisory group would meet 3-4 times a year for a formal meeting. These will be held at Fiona Stanley Hospital which is in Murdoch. These meetings would be 1-2h in length with an opportunity for participants to join virtually if they were unable to attend in person.

Additionally, there would be opportunities for members to be involved in specific research projects run by our team members. These could involve providing feedback on a grant application, input into study design or advising on consumer involvement at any phase of a project.

What skills or experience do I need?

  • You will need to have, or have lived with, or be a primary carer for a person with a diabetes-related foot ulcer and be residing in the South Metropolitan Health Service catchment area.
  • Some basic knowledge of the Australian health care system

How long am I expected to be involved?

Where will meetings be held?
Fiona Stanley Hospital.

What support is offered?
$37.50 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.

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