All of us, really! The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) defines consumers as patients or potential patients, carers and people who use health care services. Some examples of what this might look like in everyday life include; someone receiving treatment for cancer in a hospital, someone who cares for a parent living with dementia, someone who uses a psychology service to manage anxiety, or someone who is getting a prescription of antibiotics at the pharmacy.
A community is a group of people who share a common interest – that could be a cultural, social, political, health, economic interest, or a common location. Examples include Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, and the LGBTQI+ community.