eNews – September 2018

In this issue:

  • From the CEO
  • 2018 Annual Forum: The Evolution of Engagement
  • Inaugural Consumer Awards
  • A consumer’s perspective of the forum
  • Other Health Consumers Queensland news… Hearing the voice of all consumers
  • HCQ Department of Health staff training workshops

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Expression of Interest – Advancing Kidney Care 2026 Collaborative Committee

Closing date: close of business Wednesday, 26 September 2018


Department of Health, System Planning Branch

The Department of Health’s System Planning Branch is seeking two consumer representatives to join the Advancing Kidney Care 2026 Collaborative (the Collaborative). The Collaborative would greatly benefit through the participation of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumer representative.

About System Planning Branch

System Planning Branch is responsible for leading health service planning activities of statewide significance with a medium to long term horizon. This role entails:

  1. Identifying the comparative health service needs of localities, populations and patient cohorts (both current and over the anticipated medium to long term future) to inform the statewide allocation of resources to achieve service access equity
  2. Facilitating integration of planning at the system level to align service enablers with future need e.g. workforce, infrastructure, funding
  3. Facilitating vertical integration of planning for health services between the Department of Health (DOH) and Hospital and Health Services (HHS) through identification of high level service directions and service outcomes, to act as a point of alignment for health service planning and investment by the DOH, HHS and service partners from the private and not-for-profit sectors
  4. Supporting other departmental and HHS level planning processes through provision of technical expertise in health service planning content and process, including technical analysis on projected service need.


The Advanced Kidney Care 2026 Collaborative Committee will be responsible for implementing the strategic actions arising from recently completed statewide planning for renal health and renal health services. Members are being appointed to 30 June 2019.

The specific aims of the Collaborative include (to be ratified by members)

  1. Implement the strategic directions and priority actions in Advancing Kidney Care 2026.
  2. Develop a workplan and review progress against the workplan at each meeting.
  3. Advocate for timely access to quality renal care with the Minister for Health and Ambulance and Boards and Executive of HHS, aligned with consumer views of what matters.
  4. Ensure that initiatives and decisions to be implemented within HHSs are sensitive to the local context based on recommendations from sub-Collaboratives and/or structured engagement that includes representation from the executive and clinical leadership (multidisciplinary) within each HHS.
  5. Champion initiatives that promote the effective and optimal use of available resources.



Expression of Interest – Allied Health 10 Year Strategy Focus Group

Closing date: Friday 5 October 2018

Allied Health Professions Office

Getting consumers involved in a ten year strategy for allied health professionals in Queensland

Allied health professionals play a valuable role in delivering effective healthcare for Queenslanders.
The next 10 years will present unique challenges and changes for the delivery of healthcare. As integral members of the healthcare team, allied health professionals can play a key role in facing the challenges ahead. The draft Queensland Allied Health: A 10 year Strategy (2018 -2028) maps a clear direction for improved utilisation of the allied health workforce to assist in meeting the challenges ahead.


To provide input into the Queensland Allied Health: 10 year Strategy (2018-2028).

Role of the Consumer

At these focus groups you’ll be a part of a conversation led by Health Consumers Queensland to hear your thoughts and ideas about allied health.

Who is this for?

Whilst it’s desirable for the successful candidates to have used Allied Health services in Queensland, this is not mandatory.

Time and Location

Rural and Remote Consumers
Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018
Time: 9.30am – 11.00am
Location: via Teleconference

Brisbane based Consumers
Date: Tuesday 16 October 2018
Time: 9.30am – 11.00am
Location: Health Consumers Queensland (new office) Adelaide St, Brisbane

Remuneration and Support

$60 gift card supplied to those who attend the group either in person or via teleconference.

How to apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest and return to Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] For assistance completing this Expression of Interest, please contact Michael Taylor via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.

Expression of Interest – Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility Evaluation Framework Advisory Group

Closing date: close of business Friday, 12 October 2018



As part of the Youth Mental Health Program being progressed by Queensland Health, the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs (MHAOD) Branch has engaged the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) to develop an Evaluation Framework for the new adolescent extended treatment facility due to commence operation in 2020..

Expression of Interest Details

This Expression of Interest (EOI) is seeking members for an Advisory Group to be chaired by the QCMHR. The QCMHR project team is seeking to engage key stakeholders as part of consultations to ensure relevance and appropriateness of the evaluation framework from both technical and service user perspectives.

Project Governance

The Adolescent Extended Treatment (AET) Facility Evaluation Framework Advisory Group (Advisory Group) will provide advice and feedback on the indicative framework prior to endorsement being sought from the Executive Director, MHAODB ahead of implementation prior to the opening of the new facility. The project’s progress will be reported through the Youth Mental Health Oversight Committee established to oversee the Youth Mental Health Program.


The Department of Health in collaboration with consumers and carers, Department of Education, Health Consumers Queensland and other key stakeholders led the successful implementation of the Government response for the six recommendations of the Barrett Adolescent Centre (BAC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report to 30 June 2017. See the youth mental health website for further information

As part of delivering the Government response to recommendation 3, the QCMHR was engaged to identify existing clinical and program evaluation frameworks for extended treatment for adolescents and young people with severe, persistent and complex mental health issues. A copy of the QCMHR report can be viewed here.

Adolescent extended treatment (AET) facility

The Queensland Government committed more than $68M for capital works to rebuild and expand mental healthcare services for young people as part of the State Budget announcement on 13 June 2017.

This includes delivery of a new adolescent extended treatment (AET) facility to be built on The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) campus in Brisbane. The facility will operationalize a new state-wide AET Model of Service (MOS) extending the continuum of mental health service options available to adolescents experiencing severe and complex mental health issues and their families/carers. The facility will provide integrated mental health and educational/vocational inpatient treatment (12 beds) and rehabilitation for an extended period (target length of stay up to 6 months) for young people across Queensland aged 13 to 18 experiencing severe and complex mental health issues with the least possible disruption to their family, educational, social and community connections.

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS) is leading the commissioning of this facility as part of the Youth Mental Health Program.


Expression of Interest – Fourth Statutory Review of the Dental Benefits Act 2008 Review Committee

Closing date: close of business midnight AEST on Sunday 23 September 2018


Consumers Health Forum of Australia

The Dental Benefits Act 2008 (the Act) is the mechanism under which the Australian Government pays benefits for dental services to eligible dental patients. The Act provides a legal framework for the Child Dental Benefit Schedule. Section 68 stipulates that the Minister for Health must cause an independent review of the operation of the Act to be undertaken as soon as possible after the first anniversary of the commencement of the Act; and further independent reviews as soon as practicable after the Act’s third anniversary and at three yearly intervals thereafter. Section 68 of the Act requires the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) to nominate a consumer representative to participate In the Review Committee.

The Review Committee comprises of the following persons:

  • person occupying the position of Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer;
  • a person nominated by the Australian Dental Association;
  • a person nominated by the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia; and
  • two other persons nominated by the Minister, at least one of whom must have qualifications in medicine or dentistry.

The Review Committee will undertake the fourth independent review of the Dental Benefits Act 2008 (the Act) and will assess the practical operation of the Act in regard to access and delivery of services, including an assessment of:

  • eligibility notification and confirmation processes;
  • claiming processes; and
  • the Informed Financial Consent regime.

The Review Committee may also consider opportunities to improve the operation and administration of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule to allow for the most efficient, effective and sustainable delivery of dental benefits and services.

Role of the Consumer

The work of the Review Committee will consist of meetings in Canberra plus out of session work as necessary from October 2018, with the report provided to the Minister of Health In early 2019. Meeting dates have yet to be confirmed. Please note that travel costs and sitting fees will be covered by the Department of Health for this work.

How to apply

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEST on Sunday 23 September 2018. The details of two consumer representatives will be forwarded to the Minister of Health for possible appointment. Interested consumer representatives will need to:

  • Complete a CHF nomination form available online at https://chf.org.au/representation/forms/consumer-representative-nomination-form
  • Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers.
  • Attach a short CV in pdf format to be forwarded to the Department of Health

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at [email protected] should you have any queries.