Expression of Interest – Low Value Care Steering Partnership

Closing date: Close of business Thursday, 4 April 2019 


The purpose of the Steering Partnership (the Partnership) is to provide advice to the Executive Co-sponsors of the Queensland Health (QH) program ‘Delivering Healthcare That Matters’ (DHTM): Low Benefit Care. This work aims to identify and realise opportunities to spend less and really do better for people in terms of health outcomes, more effective care and more personalised care, through a through a focus on low value care (LVC), also referred to as low benefit care, that is care that provides little or no benefit, may cause harm, or yields marginal benefits at a disproportionately high cost.

Evidence shows that current systems and processes may sometimes mean that patients receive tests and treatments that do not benefit them, often cause them inconvenience – including leading to further unnecessary interventions – and sometimes might actually cause them harm. The opportunity cost of expending scarce resources on low-benefit care means those resources are foregone and an opportunity to provide high value care is lost.

The principal functions of the Partnership are to:

  • Advise and support on the development and delivery of a workplan to identify and realise opportunities to reduce the incidence of care to patients that provides little or no benefit, may cause harm, or yields marginal benefits at a disproportionately high cost
  • Actively monitor progress against the workplan and provide advice and support to assist in addressing any barriers to workplan implementation
  • Champion workplan activities that contribute to the program objectives
  • Identify and promote opportunities to support adoption of the value concept across other programs in Rapid Response Areas 2&3
  • Provide strategic advice to DoH, the Minister, and HHSs.


The Collaborative shall be chaired by a Project Clinical Champion or the Chief Executive Champion (or delegate). Membership comprises the ex officio of the following positions:

  • Clinical Co-champion x 2
  • Chief Executive Lead
  • Deputy Director-General, Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance
  • Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Queensland
  • Assistant Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer
  • Subject Matter Experts x 3
  • Chair, Queensland Clinical Senate
  • Chair of Chairs, Statewide Clinical Networks
  • Chair EDMS Forum
  • Chief Executive Health Consumers Queensland
  • Senior Director, Rapid Results Team
  • Chair of Primary Health Network CE group
  • Choosing Wisely Representative
  • Health Consumers Queensland CEO
  • Consumer/Carer Respresentative

Role of the Consumer

The role of the consumers will be to participate in the Committee’s activities, including the review of papers in advance and attendance at the scheduled meetings. Support will be provided to the participating consumers in an atmosphere of good faith. Consumers are encouraged to speak up and provide feedback and advice based on their lived experience of accessing the health system. Consumers will be supported and encouraged to do so.


Expression of Interest – Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Statewide Clinical Network

Closing date: Close of business Wednesday, 17 April 2019 

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Brach

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Statewide Clinical Network is recruiting one consumer and one carer to fill available roles on the Network membership. We are seeking expressions of interest from consumers and carers who have experience with Queensland Health mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment services.

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Statewide Clinical Network is one of more than 20 statewide clinical networks across Queensland Health. The Network is part of the Queensland Health statewide clinical leadership structure, and provides an opportunity for clinicians, senior leaders and consumer and carer representatives to engage in planning, priority setting, information sharing and system improvement in key areas.


The main aim of the Network is to contribute to high quality, safe and accessible care for consumers in Queensland Health mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services.

The Network funds or undertakes specific work in agreed priority areas. Current Network priority areas include care planning, integrating mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services, and reducing seclusion and restraint. The Network is also responsible for reviewing and providing feedback on relevant Queensland Health guidelines, models of service and other clinical and strategic documents.

The Network membership includes clinicians from a diverse range of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services across Queensland, representatives from key Queensland Health stakeholder groups including peak training providers and Department of Health governance units, and consumer and carer representatives.

The Terms of Reference are currently being reviewed and updated, and will be provided as soon as available.

Role of the Consumer

Consumer and carer representatives participate in all Network business, including attendance at meetings, reviewing meeting papers in advance, and responding to out-of-session business via email. All members on the Network represent particular groups, such as consumers and carers, clinical professions, service types or statewide work units.

Your role will be to advocate for the interests of the group you are representing (consumers or carers) during Network activities. You will be encouraged and supported to speak up and provide feedback and advice based on:

  • your own lived experience of accessing Queensland Health mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment services as a consumer or as a carer
  • feedback you receive from others with lived experience, such as through a consumer or carer group or forum that you may be part of.


Expression of Interest – QLD Clinical Senate – Health and Wellbeing of the Workforce – Consumer Attendance and Speaking Request

Closing date: Close of business Wednesday, 1 May 2019  

Queensland Clinical Senate

The Queensland Clinical Senate (QCS) represents clinicians from across the health system and provides strategic advice and leadership on system-wide issues affecting the quality, affordability and efficient delivery of patient care within Queensland. QCS connects clinicians to improve care.

QCS provide a structured forum for clinician and stakeholder consultation and communication on matters of strategic importance. They discuss, consult, examine the evidence, consider and formulate practical innovative recommendations in the context of clinical and operational best practice.

Clinical leadership is provided by developing strategies to safeguard and promote the delivery of high quality, safe and sustainable patient care.

Health and Wellbeing of the Workforce

Wellness and Performance – do you understand the links between staff wellness and patient care? What stops clinicians from doing their job well? How do we overcome these challenges?
Research shows that:

  • the health and wellbeing of the clinical workforce is inextricably linked to patient outcomes
  • healthcare professionals report higher levels of distress, dissatisfaction and sick days compared with other sectors.1

Clinicians, consumers and system managers from across Queensland will gather to discuss the issues and possible solutions to a healthier, safer and more productive workforce.

1. Brand, Sarah L et al. “Whole-system approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers: A systematic review” PloS one vol. 12,12 e0188418. 4 Dec. 2017, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188418

Role of the Consumer

The Queensland Clinical Senate is looking to support 3 – 4 consumers to attend the 2-day forum starting Thursday the 9th of May in the evening and a full day on Friday the 10th of May. There is one speaking opportunity available in the form of a panel discussion.

The panel presentation will be about “Extreme Wellbeing”. This session will delve into the struggles and challenges of continuing to provide healthcare during extreme events (both natural, e.g. cyclones, floods, etc. and other mass casualty events) that significantly impact on a community, when the clinician themselves is part of that community.  Panel members are to be confirmed, however the consumer perspective will ideally be around how they perceive the importance of clinician wellbeing in providing the standard of care expected by the community. The meeting will link back to how the wellbeing of clinicians impacts on quality and safety of care.

There will be several tablework sessions on Friday where the input of consumer representatives around the wellbeing of clinicians will be vital in ensuring well-rounded responses are developed.


Expression of Interest – Digital Simulation & Workshop – Nursing and Midwifery Digital Strategy

Closing date: Close of business Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Department of Health – Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

The Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO) is hosting a Digital Simulation and Workshop to inform the development of the Nursing and Midwifery Digital Strategy. OCNMO is therefore seeking expressions of interest from a cross section of consumers that have experienced an admission in a setting where new technology may have impacted on the level of care they have received.

The Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO) is the Queensland Government’s principal advisor on all matters relating to the nursing and midwifery workforce with a particular authority and expertise in advancing, leading and advising on matters that promote a healthier Queensland.


Through the oversight of the Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Executive Council (QNMExC) the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer is developing a Nursing and Midwifery Digital Strategy.

The QNMExC provides high level advice and recommendations on health priorities through clinical leadership of the nursing and midwifery workforce in Queensland. The QNMExC represents nurses and midwives in public, private and community healthcare.

Role of the Consumer

The simulation and workshop are looking to have 6-8 consumers involved. The successful consumers will be a mix of metropolitan based and rural and remote based consumers. For successful rural and remote consumers, all travel fees including flights and accommodation will be covered.

The intention of the simulation is for three (3) consumers to be involved in a simulation exercise that uses Digital technology to have their observations taken, and a simulated medication round all of which illustrates how nurses and midwifes incorporate the provision of care from a work flow perspective in a digital environment.  The QNMExC membership and the remaining consumers will be observers.

Who is this for?

This opportunity would suit a consumer who has a particular interest in any of the following fields:

  • The integration of digital health into existing nursing and midwifery workflows within all care settings.  Representation from the following consumers or families / carer would be ideal:
  • Rural and Remote
  • Aged Care
  • Midwifery
  • Mental Health
  • Acute settings
  • Paediatrics

A workshop will follow the simulation, to discuss the findings and identify key themes for consideration from a planning perspective.


Expressions of Interest – HCQ Company Secretary

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 17 May 2019  

Volunteer Company Secretary

Health Consumers Queensland are seeking a Company Secretary to support the growth of Health Consumers Queensland. This person will liaise closely with the CEO and Board Chair to manage corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
This pro-bono role would be suited to someone who wanted to apply their experience in non-profit board, governance or charity legal compliance.

About Health Consumers Queensland 

Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) is the peak organisation representing the interests of health consumers and carers in the state. We are committed to a health system, which delivers quality and safe health services and values the voice of consumers in how health services are designed and delivered.
Our priority focus is on consumer engagement that influences and leads improvements and delivers better health outcomes for all Queenslanders. We achieve this through our Queensland-wide health consumer network, tailored training and skills development programs, and maximising opportunities for consumer representation at all levels of the health system.
Health Consumers Queensland is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered health promotion charity and we believe in improving health outcomes for people in Queensland.

How to apply

Please download this position description document and selection criteria to ensure you meet the criterial for this position.

Please supply a copy of your CV (maximum 3 pages) as well as a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) that briefly addresses the selection criteria.

Final applications will be received by 5.00pm on 17 May 2019.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “Application for Company Secretary“. For further information, please phone Alison Cuthbert on 0439 671 133.