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Beyond 2019: The future of the Brisbane South MENTAL HEALTH and SUICIDE PREVENTION sector. A regional approach to consultation

Consumer and carer engagement and participation is at the core of a person-centred care mental health system. Such a system is designed around the needs of people, rather than people having to organise themselves to find their way around what the system provides. It shifts the locus of control away from service providers and towards meeting the needs of consumers and carers, recognising their diverse cultural experiential needs.

Brisbane South PHN are holding multiple consumer and carer ‘Think Tank’ sessions to engage with local people about their experiences of the mental health and suicide prevention sector. This information will be used to help inform future commissioning practices of the Brisbane South PHN, Beyond 2019.

Consumers and/or carers are requested to only register to one session that is most relevant to them. There are five sessions in total including – LGBTIQ+ session, Multicultural session, Youth session (16-25 years of age) and two general/carers sessions.

The intent of the workshops are to:

  •  Obtain information about the perceived Mental Health and Suicide Prevention needs of the local community and individuals;
  •  Gain insights into the experiences of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention consumers and carers; and
  • Gain consumers and carers perspective on how the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention primary health care sector should be improved, where it is already working and aspirations for what the future sector may look like.

Dates and Information

Please register your interest ASAP. Remuneration and travel support are offered for these workshops. For further information, please contact Susan Lingard.

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Nurse and Midwife Navigator Reference Group

Closing date: Thursday 1 March 2018

The Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO) is recruiting a consumer representative for the Nurse and Midwife Navigator Reference Group. The reference group has been established to provide the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO) with input and technical assistance in the design and implementation of the Nurse and Midwife Navigator Project along with recommending the establishment of other technical groups as required.

The reference group is established to provide advice to the Project Lead and is to consist of a core membership of Department of Health, Hospital and Health Services, Health Consumers Queensland and the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union representatives.

The consumer representative, along with other reference group members, will assist in the identification of:

  • Risks and mitigation strategies
  • Principles to inform/guide the project
  • Mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on implementation progress
  • Critical success factors and the development of business cases/requirements specification to progress solution
  • Options and opportunities for supporting the project.
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Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Community Advisory Committee

Opportunity from external organisation

  • Can you represent the needs and perspectives of a group of people in your community?
  • Do you have good networks within your community, and within the group of people you would represent?
  • Would you like to provide community perspectives on health care in our community?

Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network is looking for community members to join their Community Advisory Committee.

Bernadette Praske would be happy to chat with you and tell you more about the Community Advisory Committee and how to apply. Contact Bernadette on 07 3202 4433 or 0499 884 490, or email her via

More information is contained in the applications forms.

Darling Downs Application >

West Moreton Application >

Would you like to be interviewed for the Health Consumers Queensland Impact Evaluation Project?

Researchers at Griffith University are wanting to interview consumers and carers who are in a representative role in Queensland Health Hospital and Health Services, Department of Health Divisions, Private Hospitals and Primary Health Networks about their experience (twice over a one year period).

The telephone interviews will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and in appreciation of your time you will receive a $20 gift card. If you would like to volunteer to take part in an interview, please read through the participant information sheet which explains more about the research project. If you would like to express your interest in participating in an interview, please contact the researchers at Griffith University via email

Please note that Griffith University researchers have received ethics approval to undertake this research. If you would like any additional information about this research, please contact Dr Maddy Slattery on 3382 1123 or If you have any concerns about the way the research is conducted, please contact the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee.