Consumer presenter for “Implementing evidence into practice” workshop

Closing date: Close of business Thursday, 30 May 2019 

Metro North Hospital and Health Service

This 3-day interactive workshop aims to prepare health professionals to successfully implement evidence into practice to improve patient and health service outcomes. We would like to have a consumer involved in the final day of this workshop (Thursday 13th June) to:

  • Discuss their experience being involved in improving health service delivery and/or research
  • Provide feedback on implementation projects presented by participants as part of an expert panel

This event is hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Services. Our presenters are health professionals with expertise in implementation science from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, University of Adelaide, Flinders University and Queensland University of Technology.

Role of the Consumer

The consumer will be required to:

  1. Give a short presentation (approximately 5-10 minutes) to the audience of around 40 health professionals about their experience being involved in health service improvement and/or research, with the purpose of inspiring our audience to consider how they could involve consumers in their own projects. This may include what role the consumer had in the team, how they contributed to service development, implementation and/or evaluation, what challenges they experienced in doing this, and advice for how consumer involvement should be approached. This presentation will be part of a longer session titled “How do we involve consumers throughout the process”, presented by Jo Smethurst (HCQ) and clinician-researchers Adrienne Young and Liz Lynch.
  2. Give feedback to workshop participants on their projects as part of a panel discussion. The role of the consumer will be to ask questions about the projects presented which prompts presenters and the wider audience to think about consumer involvement. Other members of the panel include Scott Bell (Director of Research, Metro North Hospital and Health Service), Amanda Dines (health services manager, Metro North Hospital and Health Service) and Liza-Jane McBride (Chief Allied Health Officer, Queensland Health), who will be providing feedback from a management and research perspective.


Social Determinants of Health – Consumer Panellist Opportunity

Closing date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Department of Health – Nursing and Midwifery Innovation Fund

The $10 million Nurses and Midwives Innovation Fund has been established to fund projects that improve, scale up/scale across, enhance, develop or implement models of care that are innovative, flexible and which address emergent or unmet health care needs, where nurses and midwives significantly contribute to and lead care outcomes. There is an emphasis on the way in which nursing or midwifery led models can positively address the social determinants of health. The Innovation Fund is set out in clause 44.6 of the Nurses and Midwives (Queensland Health and Department of Education) Certified Agreement (EB10) 2018.

What are the Social Determinants of Health?

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, live and work, and grow. The allocation of money, governance and sources can be ways in which these are shaped. These circumstances then play a part on the impact of health outcomes. For example, if you feel socially isolated, move frequently between rented homes or between family members and you never got to finish high school, you are less likely to experience the same levels of good health as someone not in these circumstances.


The consumer representative (one) will be a key panel member. The panel will assess applications from the Hospital and Health Services on nursing and midwifery innovation projects. It is seen that the innovation projects are to meet the following aims:

  • improve, scale up and/or scale across, enhance, develop and/or implement innovative and flexible models of care that address emergent or unmet health care needs
  • facilitate nursing and midwifery led models, positively addressing the social determinants of health
  • focus on nurses and midwives in advanced practice positions, such as Nurse Navigators, Clinical Nurse/Midwife Consultants and Nurse Practitioners working to address the emergent or unmet health care needs in their areas of practice
  • support nurses and midwives to work at full scope of practice
  • deliver better health outcomes for the local community/cohort of patients identified
  • ensure ongoing sustainability and effectiveness of the innovation project, and
  • develop an evidence base regarding the value of nursing and midwifery practice through evaluation. The evaluation will incorporate the Quadruple Aim; clinical outcomes, patient experience, employee satisfaction and economic data.


Focus Groups – What matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying?

We invite health consumers, carers and community members to join us at one of our series of focus groups so we can understand ‘what matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying’.

The focus groups will be facilitated by Health Consumers Queensland and will be held before the start of Palliative Care Queensland’s Compassionate Communities Conversation series.

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

Your feedback will be collated into a report to inform Queensland Health and its committees and projects currently working in the area of frail, aged, palliative care and end-of-life care.

The focus groups will run for one hour and attending consumers and carers will receive a $40 gift voucher for their time from Health Consumers Queensland. A maximum of 20 people can attend each focus group, and an RSVP is essential.

Palliative Care Queensland will be providing a morning tea before the Compassionate Communities Conversation commences. You are invited to the morning tea and we hope you will also stay on for the Compassionate Communities Conversation.


  • Innisfail (4 June)
  • Sunshine Coast (18 June)
  • Hervey Bay (19 June)
  • Rockhampton (20 June)
  • Toowoomba (26 June)
  • Ipswich (27 June)
  • Longreach (2 July)
  • Roma (9 July) SOLD OUT
  • Brisbane North (15 July) SOLD OUT

Compassionate Communities Conversations

The Compassionate Communities Conversations will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Compassionate communities are communities with networks of support for their local community members who are experiencing loss, ageing, dying and grief.


Antimicrobial Resistance Statewide Strategy – Focus Group

Closing date: Close of business on Thursday 16 May

The Chief Medical Officer and Healthcare Regulation Branch (CMOHRB) is recruiting consumers to be part of one of two focus groups to provide input for the development of a strategy for Queensland’s response to the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

About the Branch

The CMOHRB is part of the Prevention Division of Queensland Health. The CMOHRB is responsible for providing strategic advice on matters related to review of healthcare legislation and policy, medication management services, medical workforce and medical recruitment campaigns, credentialing, private facilities, Schools of Anatomy, drugs and drug approvals, blood, human tissues and related products.

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when, over time, microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi and viruses) become resistant to antimicrobial medicines (such as antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals). This means they become harder to treat, and sometimes the medicine doesn’t work. This can result in serious problems in treating infections, leading to increased sickness and death. The strategy being created aims to put programs of work in place to prevent and contain antimicrobial resistance. See the video to learn more about antimicrobial resistance.