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Your research. Your voice. Your future.

Webinar 4: Engaging consumers in research: A research's perspective. 


In our final webinar, we'll introduce a framework for researchers to involve consumers in research practice.

We’ll discuss ways to identify appropriate consumers and engage them during the research process.

This webinar will be co-facilitated by PhD candidate and published researcher Leanne Rees.

Streaming live Tuesday 9 August, 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST

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Meet our Speakers


Leanne Rees, Graduate Researcher Physiotherapy, La Trobe University


Leanne Rees is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University and physiotherapist with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service, both in Melbourne, Australia. In 2018, she completed a Masters of Public Health which fostered an interest in the social and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing for people with SCI, and the role media has in the public health space. In 2019, Leanne commenced a PhD investigating media portrayal of SCI and its impact on people with SCI. Leanne is an advocate for consumer engagement in research and is carrying out her PhD in consultation with an advisory group of people with SCI who have a shared interest in media and SCI.


Antonio Vecchio, Community and Consumer Engagement Manager, Spinal Research Institute


Antonio brings a wealth of experience in community and consumer engagement as a consultant, educator,  peer mentor,  consumer advisor and public speaker for organisations including Spire in Melbourne, Alfred Health and Independence Australia.


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Past webinars

Webinar 1: An introduction to SCI research and its impact

This is the first of four in our webinar series Your voice. Your research. Your future.

It will give people with lived experience of SCI (and their family members, friends, and carers of course!) answers to these questions:

  • How does research work?

  • How do you access information about upcoming research?

  • How can you participate in the research cycle?

Webinar 2: Our Roles as SCI consumers in research

This is the first of four in our webinar series Your voice. Your research. Your future.

In this, our second webinar, we’ll take a deeper dive into how research works. We’ll look at

  • the consumer’s role in research – this looks different at each stage of the process.

  • the different ways you as a consumer can participate in research.

  • the benefits of participation – we’ll give you strategies to get involved.

Webinar 3: Meet the researchers (hot topics in SCI research)

We've lined up three researchers to talk about their work.

  • Dr Annie Palermo – balance and respiration after spinal cord injury

  • Dr Marnie Graco – sleep apnoea / sleep-disordered breathing after spinal cord injury

  • Dr Ali Lakhani – impact of COVID on engagement with community disability services

This webinar series was made possible through the kind support of the John T Reid Charitable Trusts and The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust. 

Contact Details

Spinal Research Institute
Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre
1 Yarra Boulevard, Kew 3101

+61 3 9496 2579

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