CheckUp Forum: Consumer Places Available

Closing date: Thursday 2 August

CheckUp is offering a number of complimentary places to consumers to attend the 2018 CheckUP Forum.

  • Friday 14 September
  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (South Brisbane)

More information on the forum program is available online >

The theme of this year’s CheckUP Forum is creating healthier communities, and we have a very diverse program focussing on the Quadruple Aim in Healthcare – improving population health, enhancing the patient experience, reducing costs and improving the work life balance of health care providers.

Accessibility: Hearing loops are installed in all of the meeting rooms. The venue has appropriate wheelchair access.

Please note: This offer is for a complimentary place only. You will be not remunerated for attending this day as it’s a chance to learn more and connect with key people in the health system. You will also need to be able to find your own way to the venue.

If you’d like to be considered for one of these complimentary places, please complete the simple Expression of Interest form by Thursday 2 August.

Speaking Opportunity

Health Consumers Queensland also has the opportunity of supporting an experienced consumer to make a 5 minute ‘elevator pitch’ on “What is your vision for health care in 20 years’ time?” to the 150—200 attendees. You will also be a part of the panel discussion about this.  If this interests you, please call the office and speak to Jo Smethurst as soon as possible (and before the EOI close date for a free place). She’ll send you more information about it.


Oral Health Service Website Review Focus Groups

Closing date: 9am Friday 24 August 2018

Office of the Chief Dental Officer

In an effort to make their website more accessible and consumer-focused, Queensland Health’s Oral Health Services are recruiting for a range of consumers to participate in two website review focus groups: one metropolitan, and one regional.

View the website >


Oral Health Services aim to improve the clarity of website information for consumers on:

  • how to access publicly funded oral health services
  • how to maintain a healthy mouth

Key information the group will be looking at includes:

  • How readable and accessible the current website is
  • What is needed to improve the readability and accessibility of the information
  • General feedback about oral health topics and identifying any gaps in this information
  • General feedback about the information on accessing care and identifying any gaps in this information

Role of the consumer

Consumers taking part in a focus group will be asked to share their own experiences of health and as a member of the public. Opinions of their experiences of the Queensland public oral health service will also be invited.

Who is it for?

To ensure a cross section of opinions that reflect the users of the public oral health service, applications from the following groups are particularly welcome:

  • Users of the Queensland public dental service
  • People over the age of 65
  • Parents of primary school aged children
  • People living with disability
  • Young adults under the age of 25

People living in both metropolitan and regional areas are welcome to apply. (more…)

Breast Care Nurse Network

Closing date: 30 August 2018

The Healthcare Improvement Unit is seeking a consumer to join the Breast Care Nurse Network to support and optimise services for Breast Cancer patients in public hospitals.

Healthcare Improvement Unit, Clinical Excellence Division

The Healthcare Improvement Unit (HIU) works collaboratively with Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) to improve access to hospital services and optimise the capacity and efficiency of Queensland public hospitals through patient flow initiatives, clinical pathways development and implementation, clinician engagement and health technology assessment.

HIU have established and maintained strong relationships with clinicians and health service managers to advocate for local services, secure funding, develop policy, and promote the implementation of effective strategies across Queensland, enabling local services to improve access and deliver better outcomes for their communities.

Purpose of the Breast Care Nurse Network

Breast care nurses are essential to improving outcomes for people diagnosed with breast cancer by acting as patient advocates, coordinating care, and ensuring patients’ physical, psychological and emotional needs are met. The Breast Care Nurse Network was established by HIU to enable Breast Care Nurses from across Queensland’s public hospitals to share and collaborate, with the goal of optimising care through consistent and equitable access to information and support services for breast cancer patients. Read more >

The Network will be looking at breast cancer care support services, including patient educational materials specifically relating to breast reconstruction surgery post-mastectomy.

The Network is to be reviewed after 2 years. Terms of Reference are available on request.

Role of the consumer

The consumer representative participating in the Breast Care Nurse Network will provide valuable advice and recommendations from a consumer perspective on initiatives such as patient education materials. The consumer representative will have the opportunity to receive information, provide information and feedback to the group, and provide advice to inform solutions and decisions. (more…)

Mental Health Community Support Services Procurement Reference Group

Closing date: midday Friday 20 July 2018

The Department of Health is currently recruiting for two consumers who have previous experience accessing community support services delivered by NGOs, preferably mental health focused.

Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch

The Queensland Department of Health (the Department) provides funding for a range of mental health community support services delivered by non-government organisations (NGO).

Purpose of Reference Group

The Mental Health Community Support Services Procurement Reference Group will provide oversight in the development of key procurement and evaluation documentation, to engage non-government organisations to deliver mental health community support services across Queensland from 1 July 2019. See Terms of Reference for more information >

Consumer Role

Your role as a member of the Reference Group and/or Evaluation panel will be to share your experiences of community support services (provided by non-government organisations) to assist the group as part of the procurement and evaluation process. You may also be required to support Evaluation panels who will be assessing offers submitted by non-government organisations interested in delivering mental health community support services in Queensland. (more…)