Health consumer organisations have a history of building relationships and seeking funding from different sources to resource their work and the services they can offer their members. This includes, for consumer health organisations, partnerships with pharmaceutical companies.
Some consumer organisations are only able to operate with the support of pharmaceutical companies, while others have explicit policies of not accepting money from industry. Industry funding allows some groups to be able to offer additional services to their members, yet others have concerns that such partnerships impinge on their independence.
Health Consumers NSW partnered with the Evidence, Policy & Influence Collaborative at the Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney and Consumer Health Forum of Australia to host a workshop on 11 March 2020 to discuss the risks and benefits of partnering with the pharmaceutical industry.