Citizen Science Models in Health Research: an Australian Commentary

Ann Borda, Kathleen Gray, Laura Downie


This commentary explores how established citizen science models can inform and support meaningful engagement of the public in health research in Australia.  In particular, with the growth in participatory health research approaches and increasing consumer participation in contributing to this research through digital technologies, there are gaps in our understanding of best practice in health and biomedical citizen science research to address these paradigm shifts.  Notable gaps are how we might more clearly define the parameters of such research and which citizen science models might best support digitally-enabled participation falling within these.  Further work in this area is expected to lead to how established citizen science methods may help improve the quality of and the translation of public engagement in health research.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *