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Consultation on Palliative Care Tip Sheets and resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


Closing date: 8th April 2020


About the project

Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) has subcontracted Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) to provide an opportunity for people in Coen and Thursday Island (or another Torres Strait Island) to hear from their local community in relation to the development of appropriate tip sheets for community consultation regarding palliative care.


Purpose of the consultation

Palliative Care Queensland is developing the two tip sheets for Palliative Care Australia (PCA).

  1. Tip sheet for Aboriginal community consultancy regarding palliative care
  2. Tip sheet for Torres Strait Islander community consultancy regarding palliative care

Palliative Care Queensland will be providing consumer feedback to Palliative Care Australia regarding their resource: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander discussion starter

This is your opportunity to have a yarn with your community members to ensure the tip sheets and resource are culturally appropriate and in language they will understand.


How do we do this?

Our way of doing this consultation is using Kitchen Table Discussions which are community engagement sessions led by local people for local people. They allow small groups to participate in discussions at a time of day 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. The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them and provides the feedback to Health Consumers Queensland.

Because of Corona Virus our consumer hosts are holding their sessions online. Some are making phone calls and some are using zoom or skype to meet with their community members.

We are happy for you to do this consultation in the way that works most appropriately for you and your community.

Role of the Discussion Host

As the host, your role will be to plan, coordinate and host a once-only yarning session with your community networks. This includes:

  • Inviting up to 10 community members who would be interested in being part of the discussion on this important subject. They will be your local community connections: neighbours, friends and family.
  • Choosing a time and date and host your session by 24th April that works for your participants.
  • Complete and provide the discussion feedback to Health Consumers Queensland by 27 April.

To support you with this, you will receive:

  • Briefing session by phone call or Zoom video conference call. Zoom is free to download and we will help you to set it up with your participants if you are using this method
  • A Host Guide and toolkit with all necessary documentation.
  • Questions to ask participants during the discussion.
  • Support from Health Consumers Queensland to ensure you have a successful session.
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COVID-19 Community of Interest

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