Expression of Interest – Your Opportunity to host a kitchen table discussion in your local community, Talking about what matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying

Closing date: Close of business Friday, 8 March 2019 

Health Consumers Queensland together with COTA Queensland, Palliative Care Queensland and Carers Queensland are partnering with Queensland Health to hear directly from consumers and carers who have experience of ageing, end-of-life care and dying.

The ‘Kitchen Table Discussions’ are an opportunity for consumers and carers to take the lead and facilitate consultation on this important subject in their own local community.

The discussions will precede a series of community consultation events, which include Focus Groups that will be held in communities throughout Queensland over the next few months.

The information gathered at these events will help inform Health Consumers Queensland, COTA Queensland, Palliative Care Queensland and Carers Queensland’s submission to the Queensland Parliament Inquiry into aged care, palliative care and end of life. It will also be collated into a report to inform Queensland Health committees and projects currently working in the area of frail, aged, palliative care and end-of-life care.

About Kitchen Table Discussions 

Kitchen Table Discussions are community engagement sessions led by local people for local people. They allow individuals and small groups to participate in discussions at a time of day, and in a place, that suits them. The discussions enable health consumers, carers and family members who do not ordinarily participate in healthcare consultation to have their say in a safe and supportive environment.

Each Kitchen Table Discussion will be led by a Consumer or Carer Host who can invite members of their family, friends and community to a discussion in a location of their choice. The Host guides the discussion with a suite of questions developed by the project coordinators, and reports back the outcomes of these discussions afterwards.

Role of the Discussion Host 

As the host, your role will be to plan, coordinate and facilitate a once-off, two-hour discussion with up to 10 people. This includes:

  1. Inviting up to 10 participants who would be interested in being part of the discussion on this important subject. They can include family members, friends, neighbours and your local community connections to attend the discussion (ideally, people who do not normally have their voice heard in healthcare should be invited to attend).
  2. Choosing a venue, time and date between 14th and 24th March that works for your participants (must be within 2 weeks of receiving training on how to be a Host).
  3. Host the session.
  4. Complete and provide a feedback report to Health Consumers Queensland by 25th March.

To support you with this, you will receive:

  • Training via a Zoom conference call.
  • A comprehensive Discussion Host Guide.
  • A short list of questions to ask participants during the discussions.
  • Support from Health Consumers Queensland to ensure you have a successful event.

Who are we looking for as Consumer and Carer Hosts?

We would like our hosts to have connections with people experiencing ageing, end-of-life care and dying in Queensland. We are also interested in representing the views of a range of consumers who may not typically have a say in healthcare. To achieve this, we are particularly looking for hosts who are consumers and/or carers from (or have strong links with) the following communities:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People living in rural and remote locations in Queensland
  • People living with complex and chronic life-limiting conditions
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ+) people
  • Hard to reach, travel disadvantaged and people with lower levels of health literacy


Consumer and Carer Hosts – you will be remunerated at Health Consumers Queensland’s daily rate of $374. You will also be reimbursed up to $100 to cover catering and venue costs for your session.

Participants – Health Consumers Queensland will provide a $60 gift voucher for each Kitchen Table Discussion participant.

How To Apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest and return it to [email protected] by 8th March 2019. For assistance completing this Expression of Interest please contact Michael Taylor via [email protected],or by phone on 07 3012 9090.

For queries relating to this opportunity, please email Anne Curtis, Engagement Consultant, Health Consumers Queensland at [email protected].



Health Consumers Queensland continues to support consumer co-design in the development of a statewide, multidisciplinary service for mesh affected Queensland women.  If you haven’t already, please sign up to Queensland Health’s email contact list, to be advised on how to access the clinic when it opens:

In addition to this work, we are co-hosting a national forum with our equivalent organisations around the country, with funding assistance from several state health departments including Queensland Health.


Proudly convened by the Health Issues Centre and Health Consumers NSW, Health Consumers Queensland, Health Consumers’ Council (WA), Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Health Care Consumers (ACT), Health Consumers Tasmania.

  • 9am-5pm
  • Friday April 5, 2019
  • Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne

Register to attend here:

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Thousands of mesh injured women would disagree and the emerging crisis of injury related to hernia mesh suggests the worst may still be ahead. The National Forum on Mesh Implants is the opportunity for those who have been affected by mesh to have their collective voices heard and their concerns finally addressed.

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My Maternity Decision Guide User Testing

Closing date: Close of business Tuesday 26 February 2019

Clinical Excellence Queensland, through the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service, is looking for up to 10 consumers to test the My Maternity Decision Guide and provide feedback including about how the resource can be improved to optimise the user experience. 

The My Maternity Decision Guide is being developed as an online resource and aims to empower women to make informed decisions about the care they receive throughout their maternity journey.

If you are a woman (or a family member of a woman) planning to become pregnant in the next 12 months, currently pregnant, or if you have been pregnant within the past 2 years, your feedback will help us ensure the online resource is useful and works the way it is supposed to.


To participate you will need:

  • Relevant and recent experience as a consumer of maternity health care or be a representative of a maternity consumer organisation
  • Ability and willingness to represent the experiences of a wider group of people
  • Access and ability to use a personal computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Availability to commit to user testing of up to 3 hours between the expected dates of:
    • 4 March -10 March 2019; and
    • 25 March – 31 March 2019.

Role and Responsibilities

The role of the consumer representative is to:

  • Contribute a consumer perspective to improve My Maternity Decision Guide
  • Use the login details we provide to access the testing environment.
  • Use the online survey tool to provide confidential feedback within the stated timeframe.
  • Provide advice on the general look and feel of the resource
  • Provide advice on the content within the resource
  • Provide advice on how the resource can be improved to optimise the user experience.


Expression of Interest Youth Mental Health Consumer Representative Opportunity

Closing date: midday Friday 22 February 2019

The Department of Health is committed to ongoing engagement and participation of health consumers following the work done implementing the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry report. See the youth mental health website for further information:  

An opportunity for a consumer representative is now available on the Project Implementation Group. The Project Implementation Group oversees the capital program to ensure projects are managed and advice/direction is provided to support the timely and successful delivery of the mental health facilities. Meetings are held monthly and the group will meet throughout 2019 until scheduled completion of construction for the capital program. The successful applicant will join another consumer representative and a carer representative, already on the group.

Health Consumers Queensland is working closely with Queensland Health, the Barrett community of former patients, family and friends and young mental health consumers and carers in Queensland, to ensure consumer and community needs are considered during the construction and commissioning phase of the youth mental health – capital program.

Consumers with experience in child and youth mental health are invited to submit expressions of interest for a representative position on the Project Implementation Group. Mental Health Consumers between the ages of 18 and 25 years are encouraged to apply.

Please complete this Expression of Interest and email to Leonie Sanderson: [email protected] by midday Friday 22 February 2019. Please phone Leonie on 0437 637 033 if you are interested in applying but are unable to submit by this date.

eNews – February 2019

In this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • 2019 Annual Forum – we’re going to Cairns!
  • 2019 Annual Forum Registration and Travel Support
  • Become a presenter at this year’s forum
  • HHS Engagement Map
  • Offender Health Services Review
  • Office Launch Party
  • Mental Health Organisation Update
  • Department of Health Training Schedule
  • Date Claimer: Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement
  • Community Training Day

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