Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service Advisory Committee Member

Closing date: Friday 10 January 2020



The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB), Clinical Excellence Queensland of Health is seeking one mental health consumer representative and one carer representative to participate as members on the Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service (YRRS) Advisory Committee (the Committee).

We are seeking expressions of interests from:

  • A consumer with a lived experience of accessing a Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service or other child and youth mental health service in Queensland Health.
  • A carer with a lived experience of caring for a person who has accessed Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service or other child and youth mental health service in Queensland Health.

What is the Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service (YRRS)

The YRRS offers extended (up to 12 months) residential and rehabilitation support for young people aged 16-21 years with severe and complex mental illness impacting on their capacity to live independently in the community.

It is aimed at young people who require additional support and life skills to transition back to the family, community or independent living and are likely to benefit from extended care in a rehabilitative and residential environment in the community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The YRRS operates as a collaborative and integrated model and supports active engagement with a range of service providers to meet the mental health and well-being needs of the young person. Strong links are maintained with local Hospital and Health Services and other clinical and non-clinical community support services including; housing, cultural services, alongside education and vocational support which can be accessed to assist the young person to transition independently into the community.

There are currently five YRR Units (YRRUs) located across Queensland – two in both Townsville (Annandale and Aikenvale) and Brisbane (Aspley and Greenslopes) and one in Cairns. The YRRUs are operated by non-government organisations (NGOs) that provide non-clinical mental health care to the young person, including facilitation of a localised Life Skills program. (more…)




Closing date: 4pm, Thursday 9 January 2020



Health Consumers Queensland is offering consumers and carers in the Townsville region the opportunity to facilitate consultation with their local community on Palliative Care.

Palliative Care Queensland has contracted Health Consumers Queensland to undertake this consumer consultation. There will be six Kitchen Table Discussions hosted in the Townsville region.

  • Three kitchen table discussions will be held in the Townsville city area.
  • Three kitchen table discussions will be held in regional areas, with one conversation group purposefully representative of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people (ideally Palm Island).

Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) is an independent, not-for-profit peak body representing palliative care providers, consumers and their families and those with an interest in palliative care.

The Connecting End of Life Care (CELC) Program is a collection of localised collaborative projects administered by Palliative Care Queensland to support local improvements in palliative and end of life care.

The Program aims to improve end of life throughout Queensland by working with local palliative care services (both specialist palliative care and palliative care), primary health networks (PHNs), community groups, councils and community members to build culture, improve systems and develop clinical practices.

The CELC-Townsville project is administered by Palliative Care Queensland and works in collaboration with the Townsville Palliative Care Service at Townsville Hospital and Queensland Health Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education.

The project engages with the community through a variety of forums to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges that currently exist in the community with regard to palliative care.

One of the aims of the project is to build community confidence to source palliative care information and services, facilitate conversations about end of life, improve health professionals’ ability to explain the end of life process, and share patient experiences and stories about end of life.



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 community 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 Host with a strong community network to invite them to a discussion in a location of their choosing. The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them, and reports back the outcomes to Health Consumers Queensland.


Apply to join the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance Community Advisory Group

Closing date: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Queensland Genomics Health Alliance

Queensland Genomics seeks to recruit two (2) health consumer representatives to be a part of their Community Group.

We are seeking expressions of interest from:

  • Consumers or carers with an interest/passion in genomics or personalised medicine, and
  • Consumers or carers to have experience accessing or caring for a person in the disease area of cancer 

The Queensland Genomics Health Alliance (Queensland Genomics) established a community advisory group as a part of its startup activities to provide diverse, informed and valued community input into the program.

As the program has developed since its establishment in 2016, it seeks to recruit two new members to the Queensland Genomics Community Group, to increase health consumer representation and to ensure we include the perspectives of consumers from disease specific areas, which  the program now includes.

Queensland Genomics is a $25 million program funded by Queensland Health and administered by The University of Queensland. Their 5-year vision is to demonstrate the value of genomic medicine in everyday healthcare in Queensland, by fostering collaboration between health care providers, researchers and health consumers.

The Queensland Genomics Community Group represents a diverse group of stakeholders made up of patients, their families, Queenslanders more broadly, as well as healthcare providers and researchers.

For more information about Queensland Genomics visit

For more information about the Queensland Genomics Community Advisory Group visit

What is Genomics

Genomics studies the unique genetic make-up of individuals and is set to revolutionise healthcare. It will lead to better prevention, prediction and diagnosis of disease, and improved treatment, management and cures. Genomics is an important emerging field in medicine that have increasing relevance and impact in general practice. Genomics plays a role in many conditions seen in primary care everyday including rare diseases and chronic conditions such as cancer and diabetes. (more…)