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Statewide Informed Consent Specialist Subcommittees (General Surgery and Gastroenterology)

Closing date: Close of business Monday 22 January 2018

Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Service – Queensland Health

Patient Safety Unit’s role is to provide support services to Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) and the Department of Health to maximise patient safety outcomes and the experience of Queensland public health system patients. They are recruiting two consumer representatives to be a part of their Statewide Informed Consent Specialist Subcommittees (General Surgery (1 consumer) and Gastroenterology (1 consumer).

Purpose

The Statewide Informed Consent Specialty Subcommittee (subcommittee) purpose is to review and update existing informed consent and patient information documents, and develop new forms where the need has been identified. This subcommittee provides expert input and is responsible for statewide consultation with clinicians.

The main functions of the Statewide Informed Consent Specialty Subcommittee are to:

  1. undertake the statewide review of specialty based informed consent and patient information documents ensuring consistency with evidence based practice
  2. develop customised consent documents and patient information leaflets that meet required standards and legislation and are fit for purpose
  3. provide specialist advice to the Statewide Informed Consent Steering Committee regarding the development of new Informed Consent documents and advice on other matters that may affect other statewide informed consent materials.

The subcommittee will be composed of clinicians’ representatives and consumer/carer representatives.

The consumer/carer representatives will contribute to the review and updating of existing consent and patient information forms.  The subcommittee will develop new forms if required.  Forms must be easily understood by consumers in order for consumers to give their ‘informed consent’. Having a consumer providing advice to the committee during development & review of forms is vital.

See Terms of Reference for more information.

Who is it for?

Past experience signing a consent form and reading patient information relating to surgical procedures would be useful but not essential.

Time and location

Meetings will be held either face to face OR via teleconference, commencing early February.  An induction into this committee and project will be held prior to the first meeting.

When meetings are necessary they will be held in Brisbane with teleconference options.

Remuneration and Support

This position is remunerated in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s recommended rates.

How to apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest and return to Health Consumers Queensland via consumer@hcq.org.au by 5pm on Monday 22 January 2018. For assistance completing this Expression of Interest, please contact Health Consumers Queensland on 07 3012 9090.

For queries relating to the subcommittee, please call Judy Richards, Principal Project Officer on 07 3328 9787or email Judy.richards@health.qld.gov.au

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