New Statewide Pelvic Mesh Service

Health Consumers Queensland has been honoured to support the codesign and Ministerial announcement today of the location of the new statewide Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service based out of the Gold Coast, to open in the first half of 2019.

See below for a statement from our CEO Melissa Fox.

Today is a momentous and emotional day for mesh affected women in Queensland and their advocates.

Thank you to the individual woman who originally brought this issue to our organisation’s attention. Today was for you.

Thank you to the women who bravely shared with us and Queensland Health your most intimate and awful experiences of being let down by our health system. What you so clearly articulated as your health needs, have formed the basis of the model of service that will be delivered.

That so many of you hadn’t been listened to and taken care of by the health professionals that you trusted, is an indictment on how we treat mothers in our society. Hopefully today is another step towards your healing and you receiving the care that you need to live your best lives possible.

To the women who have guided the development of this service, thank you for your patience and ongoing commitment.

Thank you to the Clinical Excellence Queensland in Queensland Health and the Health Minister Steven Miles MP. You have listened with compassion, respect, at times horror at the experiences the women have shared and most of all a solid commitment to Queensland meeting the health needs of these women. (more…)

Would you like to tell your experience of allied health?

13th National Allied Health Conference Consumer Experience Video Presentations

Closing date: Friday, 15 February 2019

The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland is recruiting three (3) consumer representatives to participate individually in 5-minute consumer experience videos that will be played as a key part of the 13th National Allied Health Conference scientific program on 6 + 7 August 2019.

The videos will provide a consumer perspective on the themes of our keynote presentations. Each 5-minute consumer video will be played prior to the relevant keynote speaker presentation at the National Allied Health Conference.

What is Allied Health?

Allied health professionals are health professionals that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. They are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses. Allied health practitioners often work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide specialised support for different patient needs.

Allied health services include, but are not limited to: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, social work, speech pathology, pharmacy, orthoptics, and podiatry. (more…)

Allied Health Consumer Experience Video Working Group

13th National Allied Health Conference Consumer Experience Video Working Group

Closing date: Friday, 15 February 2019

The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland is recruiting one (1) consumer representative to be a member of the 13th National Allied Health Conference Consumer Experience Video Working Group. The videos will  be played as a key part of the 13th National Allied Health Conference scientific program on 6 + 7 August 2019.

The purpose of the working group is to develop a list of standard questions that will be asked of the consumers in the consumer videos. The questions will focus on their experience with allied health. Each 5-minute consumer video will be played prior to the relevant keynote speaker presentation at the National Allied Health Conference.

What is Allied Health?

Allied health professionals are health professionals that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. They are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses. Allied health practitioners often work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide specialised support for different patient needs.

Allied health services include, but are not limited to: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, social work, speech pathology, pharmacy, orthoptics, and podiatry.

Who is it for?

This experience would suit a consumer that would like to provide input into the videos but does not have the confidence to participate in the videos themselves. The consumer must have experience receiving care from an allied health professional within the past 12 months.

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Expressions of Interest – QLD Mental Health Week – Working/Reference Group

Closing date: COB, Wednesday 20 February 2019  

Queensland Mental Health Week Collaboration 

Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual event that aims to increase awareness and interest in positive mental health and wellbeing across the state. Linked to the National Mental Health Week the event will take place between Saturday 5 – Sunday 13 October 2019. The Queensland Mental Health Commission has appointed CheckUP to coordinate the event for the sector.

While centrally themed and coordinated QMHW encompass hundreds of events, organised by many individuals, community groups and service providers throughout the state. This is supported by a community grants program, which is funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission. The Queensland Mental Health Week Website provides information on the week’s events and other key initiatives such as the QMHW Achievement Awards, downloadable resources and merchandise.

CheckUP is seeking two lived experience representatives to be on both the QMHW Reference Group and QMHW Working Group. One of the representatives will have a carer focus.

Purpose

QMHW Reference Group

The QMHW Reference Group provides high level advice and guidance for the overall direction of QMHW 2019. The Group only meets at the initial stage of the project to consider and endorse the theme and strategic direction and is then kept informed of progress via email.
The group is comprised of Senior staff including the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner and sector CEO’s Reference Group Role Description. (more…)

Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

We want to hear your views!

Health Consumers Queensland is preparing our submission to the Queensland Parliament’s Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee in relation to the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. You can read more about the bill, including the Minister’s introductory speech and explanatory notes here.

Our submission will be based on feedback from health consumers and carers. It looks like much of the Bill is positive for consumers and we are keen to hear your views on the proposed changes.

Background

On 13 November 2018, Hon Dr Stephen Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, introduced theHealth and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. In his speech, the Minister said “The Bill will make significant reforms to health legislation to protect and improve the health of Queenslanders.

“It will remove barriers for patients and doctors seeking access to medicinal cannabis treatment, it will ensure Queenslanders are notified of pollution events that pose a risk to public health and it will establish a register of occupational dust lung diseases such as coalmining pneumoconiosis, or black lung, and silicosis caused by engineered stone benchtops.“

Topics include:

  • Medicinal cannabis
  • Public notification of pollution events
  • Register of occupational dust lung diseases
  • Pathology access to tissue-based products
  • Location of post mortems
  • Cremation of human body parts used for teaching purposes

To ensure that you have your say and have input into our submission please complete our survey by 5pm Tuesday 18th December 2018

Complete the survey to share your views >