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Telehealth Seed Funding Assessment Panel

Closing date: Monday, 16 September 2019

Queensland Health- Clinical Excellence Queensland

Clinical Excellence Queensland’s (CEQ) Telehealth Support Unit is recruiting one consumer representative to participate in an independent panel to assess applications for the 2019-2021 Telehealth Seed Funding round. 

The Telehealth Support Unit sits within CEQ’s Healthcare Improvement Unit (HIU).  HIU works collaboratively with Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) to explore and implement new and innovative models of care which improve access to healthcare. HIU works closely with clinicians and health service managers to improve the capacity and efficiency of public hospitals in Queensland. The Telehealth Support Unit enables telehealth services across Hospital and Health Services through the provision of tools, support and technical capability necessary to deliver a range of healthcare services to the people of Queensland.  

Purpose

Our vision is to embed telehealth into everyday services as an accepted way of delivering healthcare to all Queenslanders. The Telehealth Support Unit is calling for applications for non-recurrent funding to assist HHSs in designing healthcare services that use telehealth to give people the option of receiving treatment at home instead of the hospital. 

Specifically, the objective of the funding round is to collaborate with HHSs to explore the potential clinical and financial benefits of delivering increased levels of care to patients in their homes through remote patient monitoring.

Remote patient monitoring is technology that enables the monitoring of patients outside the traditional hospital setting.

Makeup of the Panel

We are seeking panel members with a variety of backgrounds and experience. A health consumer perspective is regarded as an essential component of this panel.  

The panel will consist of seven members with each nominee representing one of the following areas:

  • eHealth Queensland 
  • Prevention Division
  • Healthcare Purchasing
  • Rural Primary Care
  • The Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
  • The Healthcare Improvement Unit
  • Health Consumer Representative

Each panel member has been invited specifically for their inter-personal and communication skills and we anticipate a friendly and informal atmosphere. The Telehealth Support Unit team will provide consultative expert advice to the panel throughout the assessment process. The process will be coordinated via a series of regular support meetings. The Telehealth Support Unit team will also be available for out of session discussion as needed.

Role of the consumer

The role of the consumer will be to participate in the panel’s activities including scoring the applications, attending the panel briefing meetings, and contacting other panel members and/or the Telehealth Support Unit team out of session when further discussion is required.  

Who would this opportunity suit?

This opportunity would suit consumers who are confident to actively participate in group discussion combined with the ability to work individually.

While not essential, it would be useful to have some understanding of technology (particularly telehealth and tele-communications) OR previous experience of healthcare access issues or managing chronic disease at home.

Time and location

The assessment period is expected to run over approximately two weeks in October, aiming for completion by the Friday 25October. The number of panel briefing meetings is yet to be determined however we anticipate a maximum of 2-3 occasions.

The meetings will be held in the Healthcare Improvement Unit at 15 Butterfield St, Herston in Brisbane with videoconferencing available.

The Telehealth Portal facilitates videoconferencing into Queensland Health from people’s homes or workplace, meaning consumers outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area are eligible to apply.

Remuneration and Support

Consumers will be remunerated for their time in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s remuneration position statement. $187 per meeting (4 hours and under). Parking and travel expenses will be covered. 

The Telehealth Support Unit team will provide consultative expert advice to the panel throughout the assessment process and will be coordinating regular support meetings as needed.

Due to the temporary nature and short duration of the panel process, airfares and accommodation reimbursement is not included.

How to apply

Please complete this consumer application form and return to consumer@hcq.org.au by Monday, 16 September 2019

For assistance please contact Health Consumers Queensland via consumer@hcq.org.au or by phone on 07 3012 9090.