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Join the CERA Consumer Advisory Group

Are you passionate about making a real difference in eye health? Do you have lived experience of eye disease or vision loss, or care for someone who does? We’re looking for independent members to join our Consumer Advisory Group.

As a member of the Consumer Advisory Group, you’ll play a crucial role in shaping research and policy development with your unique insights and experiences.

You’ll have the opportunity to advocate for the needs of those with eye disease and vision loss, collaborate with researchers and experts, and ensure our work remains inclusive and impactful.

Full details of the role follow and are included in the Word document linked here, and applications close 14 June 2024.

Please send your expression of interest to ConsumerProgram@cera.org.au

Role

Consumer Advisory Group Member – Independent Consumer with Lived Experience of Vision Loss

Purpose

To provide valuable insights and feedback from a personal perspective on vision loss, contributing to the Centre for Eye Research Australia’s (CERA) research and policy development.

About CERA

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) is an international leader among ophthalmology research institutes. We conduct research with real-life impact, looking at the causes of eye disease, preventing blindness through earlier diagnosis and better treatments, and restoring sight.

CERA has multidisciplinary research programs that cover the full spectrum from laboratory-based basic science and stem cell research through to genetics, translational and health and population-based research. Cerulea Clinical Trials is also a CERA business where world-leading ophthalmic clinical trial research is conducted.

We are an independent medical research institute closely affiliated with the University of Melbourne and co-located at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. The strength of this three-way relationship is key to the successful translation of research from the bench to the bedside.

Our vision and values

We strive to remain a world-leading eye research institute, renowned for the discovery of the causes of eye diseases and our work in improving diagnosis, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of eye diseases, vision loss and blindness through our research, clinical work and teaching.

This vision is supported by our values of:

  • Integrity – We are accountable and honest in the work we do. Credible, ethical, and responsible research is our priority.
  • Unity – We support and respect each other; celebrate our diversity and we pitch in when it is needed. In our work, keeping each other safe is always top of mind.
  • Agility – We research with ambition, tenacity, innovation, and creativity. We are nimble and responsive in our pursuit of excellence.
  • Making a difference – We value collaborating and sharing our knowledge with each other and our community to make a real difference in the world. We never waiver from our goal of saving sight and changing people’s lives for the better.

Consumer Advisory

The Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) is being formed to embed consumer perspectives into CERA’s research. By leveraging diverse experiences and insights, the CAG will enhance the relevance and impact of CERA’s strategy and work, ensuring research outcomes meet the needs of consumers and the wider community.

We are bringing together independent members with lived experience of vision loss, advocacy group representatives, and CERA’s researchers and subject matter experts to provide a wholistic approach to consumer engagement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Share Personal Experiences: Offer insights into the lived experience of vision loss, vision impairment or blindness, contributing to research design, policy formulation, and community engagement strategies.
  • Participate in Meetings: Actively engage in quarterly CAG meetings, contributing to discussions and decision-making processes.
  • Review Materials: Provide feedback on research proposals, educational materials, and clinical trial designs to ensure they are inclusive and relevant to the needs of consumers.
  • Advocate: Champion the needs and perspectives of individuals with vision loss, ensuring CERA’s research and community engagement are accessible and effective.
  • Collaborate with Members: Work collaboratively with other CAG members and CERA staff, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.

About you

  • Personal experience of your own vision loss or in a caring capacity.
  • Strong communication and advocacy skills.
  • A collaborative and constructive approach to strategy development, prioritisation, and decision making.
  • Willingness to engage with various topics related to eye health and research.

Commitment

  • Participation in quarterly meetings of three hours each.
  • Attendance at CERA community events, development training, and other representative opportunities.

Honorarium

  • We are offering an optional honorarium of $2,200 to independent members of the CAG to support their participation – paid in two instalments per year. It is optional because we understand that some members may prefer to donate their time.

How to Apply

Please send your expression of interest to ConsumerProgram@cera.org.au
Include a brief outline of your experience and how you believe you can contribute to the Consumer Advisory Group. Please include information about your experience of vision loss and, if relevant, a copy of your CV or a link to your professional profile online.

Deadline for applications is 14 June 2024

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like a copy of the Consumer Advisory Group Terms of Reference.