Rheumatic Heart Disease Opportunity

Closing date: 9am Friday 30 October 2020

Queensland Department of Health
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Rheumatic Heart Disease Action Plan 2018- 2021 (the Action Plan) team based within the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service would like to work with people who have Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), their carers or parents. This is an opportunity to take part in the development of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with Rheumatic Heart Disease across Queensland.

Purpose

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Rheumatic Heart Disease Action Plan 2018-2021 was launched by the Minister for Health on 5 June 2018 and funded through the Making Tracks Investment Strategy.
The Action Plan sets priorities and actions that Queensland Health and its partners will take to reduce the impact of both acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.

We invite you to apply to join the following opportunities to provide advice on the implementation of the Action Plan: The Community of Interest and formal consumer engagement activities (more…)

Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Quality Assurance Committee

Closing date: Wednesday 21 October 2020

Queensland Health Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Quality Assurance Committee

The Queensland Health Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) for Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Services is recruiting up to two representatives to fill available roles on the QAC membership. We are seeking expressions of interest from:

  • consumers who have experience with Queensland Health mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment services, and
  • carers who have experience with Queensland Health mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment services.

The QAC was established by the Queensland Health Director-General in September 2017. The Committee meets an identified need for quality assurance oversight and improvement of mental health alcohol and other drugs service delivery.

Purpose

The purpose of the QAC is to improve the safety and quality of public mental health alcohol and other drugs services by reviewing and analysing clinical investigations, evaluating the quality of health service provision, and making recommendations based on the findings.

The QAC undertakes specific work in agreed priority areas. The priority areas of focus for Committee activities are:
1. Learning from Incidents and the Quality of Recommendations
2. Culture
3. Data
4. Communication and collaboration.

The Committee comprises 18 people from range of backgrounds, services, specialties and geographical locations, supported by staff from the Clinical Governance Unit, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist. Members are individuals with training and experience appropriate to the functions and activities of the Committee. The Chairperson is the Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch. (more…)

Mental Health Needs-Analysis Project

Queensland Mental Health Commission – Steering Committee

Needs-analysis project – mental health non-government community services sector

Closing date: 5pm Thursday, 22 October 2020

Queensland Mental Health Commission

The Commission is seeking to engage eight (8) people with lived experience of mental illness personally or as a carer to become members of the time-limited Steering Committee that will oversee and inform the needs-analysis project.

The value of community mental health services has long been known, in terms of benefits to people who use services that also often reduce the need for more acute hospital-based services, and the cost savings and efficiencies for the system.

Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023 highlights the need to shift the focus of our mental health and alcohol and other drug service system towards the community as the key place where services and support are provided.

To support this strategic intent, the Queensland Mental Health Commission (the Commission) is investing in a needs-analysis of the mental health non-government community services sector to gain a better understanding of the current environment, strengths, challenges, barriers and opportunities. The needs analysis will inform the development of a five-year strategy to enhance, develop and grow the sector.
About the Commission: the Queensland Mental Health Commission is a statutory body established to drive reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health and alcohol and other drug service system in Queensland. Further information can be found on the Commission’s website – https://www.qmhc.qld.gov.au/ (more…)

Telehealth Advisory Group

Closing date: 9am Monday 12 October 2020.

The Telehealth Support Unit is seeking active membership from two (2) health consumer representatives on the newly formed Telehealth Advisory Group (TAG).

The TAG focuses on improving Queenslanders’ access to health care through the use of technology, and is part of the new endorsed Telehealth Governance Framework and is sponsored by the Telehealth Support Unit (TSU), a team within the Healthcare Improvement Unit, Clinical Excellence Queensland.

Purpose

The purpose of the Telehealth Advisory Group (TAG) is to provide timely operational and strategic advice to Clinical Excellence Queensland’s Telehealth Governance Committee.

See the Draft Terms of Reference > The Terms of Reference will be approved at the first meeting of the Telehealth Advisory Group.

Role of the consumer

The role of the successful applicants will be to attend all TAG meetings and to actively participate in all Advisory Group activities such as pre-meeting reading, discussions, provision of feedback and advice.   In this capacity, Health Consumers will join with telehealth users and subject matter experts from across the state and will be invited to share the consumer experience as active participants and contribute to recommendations to Clinical Excellence Queensland’s Telehealth Governance Committee. (more…)

Host a Discussion on Support Services for Alcohol and Other Drugs in Darling Downs and West Moreton

Closing date:  4pm, 8 October 2020

Health Consumers Queensland is offering five consumers or carers the opportunity to host a kitchen table discussion with their community network to learn about their opinions and experiences of alcohol and other drug treatment services and supports in the region.

About the project

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to facilitate five (5) kitchen table discussions in October to hear from the community about their opinions and experience of alcohol and other drugs treatment services and supports in their community. These discussions can be held in-person or online.

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN are funded by the Australian Government to improve primary health care services (services that sit outside of a hospital) in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region.
To do this, the PHN works with the community and health care providers to identify how the services in the community are working, what can be improved and what is missing.

What is TALK ABOUT?

‘TALK ABOUT’ is a way for Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to ask you about your experience with health care in your community.
The PHN wants to ‘talk about’ what you think is working well and what you think could be done better in relation to alcohol and other drugs treatment services. Read more about TALK ABOUT >

Purpose of the project

The purpose of the Kitchen Table discussions is to hear directly from community members to understand what services and supports have been useful and what needs to be improved in relation to alcohol and other drugs treatment services.This is a good opportunity for the Darling Downs and West Moreton community to express what is working, what isn’t, and to see if there are other services they need to support community members. (more…)

Growing Deadly Families Implementation Oversight Committee

Seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents

Closing date: 9am Friday 16 October 2020.

We are happy to share that since the Growing Deadly Families a healthy start for mums and bubs forum in Brisbane on 3 August 2017, the Growing Deadly Families Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternity Services Strategy 2019–2025 (Strategy) has been developed and launched.

The Strategy was guided by the voices of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mothers (consumers) at this forum and includes their three key priorities:
1. “We want a say in how maternity services are designed and delivered”
2. “We don’t want to keep telling our same story to different people”
3. “We want more of our people providing our maternity care”

We invite you to apply to join the Growing Deadly Families Implementation Oversight Committee (GDFIOC), that will guide and monitor the implementation of the Strategy.

Lived experience from using maternal health services in Queensland will help us meet the cultural, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of mothers, babies and their families. This experience will also increase health outcomes and ensure culturally safe, positive experiences, making a difference to the future of our communities across the state. (more…)

Host a Kitchen Table Discussion on Hospital in the Home

Closing date: 4pm, Thursday 8th October 2020

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for 15 consumers to lead consultation with their local community through kitchen table discussions to learn about their knowledge of and/or experience with Queensland public Hospital in the Home services.

Hospital in the Home provides care in a patient’s permanent or temporary residence for conditions requiring clinical care, monitoring and/or input that would otherwise require treatment in a traditional inpatient hospital bed.

About Kitchen Table Discussions

Kitchen Table Discussions are consultation sessions led by local people for local people. They allow small groups to participate in discussions at a time of day, and in a place, that suits them. The discussions enable health consumers, carers and community members who do not ordinarily participate in healthcare consultation to have their say in a safe and supportive environment.
Each Kitchen Table Discussion will be led by a Consumer Host with a strong community network. The host will invite up to six community members to a discussion in a location of their choosing. If hosting a session online via Zoom or Skype, the host will invite five community members to participate.
The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them. After the session, the host provides their participants’ feedback to Health Consumers Queensland.

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Patient Safety and Quality Advisory Committee Subcommittees

EXTENDED TO: 5pm Wednesday 14 October 2020

Clinical Excellence Queensland are seeking consumers to be actively engaged in one of three Sub-committees of the new established Patient Safety and Quality Advisory Committee (PSQAC).

These Sub-Committees contribute to the PSQAC’s purpose of providing a system level forum for design and promulgation of systems for accessing and continually improving the safety and quality of care to patients and families.

Purpose

The following three Sub-Committees will all have two (2) consumer representatives and will also include relevant clinicians and department of health staff:

  • Healthcare Safety and Quality Indicator Sub-Committee
  • eHealth Linkage Sub-Committee
  • Practice Improvement Sub-Committee

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