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Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce Clinical Committees and Working Groups

Opportunity from an external organisation

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEST Sunday 6 May 2018

Medicare is Australia’s universal health scheme. It is a Commonwealth government program that guarantees all citizens (and some overseas visitors) have access to a wide range of health services at little or no cost.  The government has established a Medicare Review Taskforce to review all of the Medicare items to ensure they are aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients.   Within the Taskforce’s brief there is considerable scope to review and advise on all aspects which would contribute to a modern, transparent and responsive system. This includes not only making recommendations about new items or services being added to the MBS, but also about a MBS structure that could better accommodate changing health service models.

The below Clinical Committees and Working Groups have been established to undertake the detailed review of MBS items. In some cases, the Taskforce has nominated consumer representatives to some of the Clinical Committees/Working Groups listed below.  Two consumer representatives will be appointed on each of committees and working groups, newly nominated consumer representatives can expect a level of mentorship and advice from those consumer representatives who are already involved with the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce Clinical Committees and Working Groups.

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My Health Record roadmap consultation workshops

Closing date: Friday 27 April 2018


With the imminent move to a national opt-out approach for the Australian Government’s My Health Record system by end 2018, every Australian will have a My Health Record unless they choose to opt-out. The transition to an opt-out approach is supported by Health Ministers and is being managed by the My Health Record system operator, the Australian Digital Health Agency. Queensland Health has been sending discharge summaries to the My Health Record since 2013 and plans to commence sending pathology and radiology reports to the My Health Record from mid-2018.

To ensure Queensland Health remains a leader in digital health nationally, eHealth Queensland has kicked off an initiative to develop a Queensland Health My Health Record Roadmap. The Roadmap will consider the My Health Record system from multiple perspectives for Queensland Health.


The My Health Record roadmap will support Queensland Health to identify planned and funded My Health Record activities within Queensland Health, identify activities that plan to use the My Health Record in the future and investigate business needs and gaps the My Health Record can support.

The My Health Record Roadmap consultation workshops will look to understand:

  • What Queensland Health IT system can share with the My Health Record system?
  • Can the My Health Record support the types of information Queensland Health wants to send to the My Health Record or do changes need to be made to the My Health Record to support this?
  • What plans does the healthcare IT sector have to send information to the My Health Record?
  • What opportunities are there to influence the IT sectors future plans to include My Health Record functionality?
  • What information is available in the My Health Record system and how can it be used within Queensland Health?

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Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network Steering Committee

Closing date: close of business 23 April 2018

Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network

The Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network was established in accordance with The Queensland Health Clinical Networks Policy to provide an opportunity for clinicians and network members to engage in planning and priority setting and to guide the effective and safe delivery of rural and remote health services.

Purpose of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides strategic advice regarding rural and remote health issues/developments in Queensland. Please see attached Terms of Reference for more information.

The committee has a multidisciplinary membership, including medical, nursing, allied health, and Indigenous Health workers, in addition to a rural consumer representative.

Role of the Consumer Representative

The Consumer Representative will contribute to discussions, advice and recommendations about rural and remote health from a consumer’s point of view. Therefore they will need to have a contemporary perspective, and wide experience (either personal or through a family member) of health delivery in a rural setting.

Terms of Reference are available.

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Audiology Australia and the Australian College of Audiology – Pool of Assessors

Opportunity from an External Organisation

Closing date: midnight AEST 27 April 2018

Audiology Australia and the Australian College of Audiology have established a new independent complaints procedure to investigate ethical complaints made against their members in regards to the provision of hearing services and devices.

The independent complaints procedure is overseen by a seven member Ethics Review Committee made up of two Audiology Australia members, two Australian College of Audiology members, two consumer representatives and an independent chair.

Under the new independent complaints procedure, the Pool of Assessors is made up of members of Audiology Australia, the Australian College of Audiology and consumer representatives. As required, the Ethics Review Committee will draw upon and appoint at least three members of the Pool of Assessors to form a Hearing and Investigation Panel (one member of Audiology Australia, one member of the Australian College of Audiology and one consumer representative).

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Are you a consumer or carer? Would you like to participate an online survey for the Health Consumers Queensland Impact Evaluation Project?

Researchers at Griffith University are seeking consumers and carers who are currently or have partnered in consumer and community engagement processes within Hospital and Health Services, Department of Health Divisions, Non-Government Organisations, Private Hospitals or Primary Health Networks in Queensland (Example; Reference group, committee, focus group, etc.) to volunteer to complete two brief online surveys (over a one year period) which will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  The information that you provide will help to inform Health Consumers Queensland about the effectiveness of the work they are doing.

You do not have to complete this survey, however, if you would like to help, please read through the information sheet which explains more about the research project. If after reading through this information you agree to participate, please click on the organisation you work with and this will take you to the survey.  Completing and submitting this survey will be taken as your informed consent to participate in this project.  Surveys will need to be completed by the end of April 2018.

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