Consumer representative for Statewide Rehabilitation Clinical Network Steering Committee

Closing date: 5pm Monday 22 June 2020

The Statewide Rehabilitation Clinical Network (SRbCN), Queensland Department of Health – Clinical Excellence Queensland,  is seeking one (1) consumer with a lived experience of disability and rehabilitation to join the membership of the network steering committee.

Rehabilitation services have become increasingly important in healthcare due to a greater focus on the needs of people with disability, the effects of an ageing population, and medical advancements that lead to improvements in survival rates and life expectancy for people with serious illness and injury.  Rehabilitation services remain fundamental in enhancing peoples’ functional independence, life participation and play an integral role in patient flow across the health care continuum.

 As the peak body of expertise in Queensland, the statewide clinical networks serve as an independent point of reference, for clinicians, Hospital and Health services, and the Department of Health. The statewide clinical networks guide quality improvement reform and support clinical policy development, emphasizing evidence based practice and clinical consensus to guide implementation, optimisation and provision of high quality patient focused health care.



Let’s Talk About Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Darling Downs West Moreton region

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for four consumers who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to have a yarn with five members of their community about health services in the Darling Downs West Moreton Primary Care Network (DDWMPHN) region.

Closing date: 4pm, 4th June 2020

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About the project

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN (DDWMPHN) to facilitate four online community discussions in June to hear about your experience with health care in your community. Due to current social distancing measures, the  Talk About session can be conducted online.

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is funded by the Australian Government to improve primary health care services (services that sit outside of a hospital) in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region. To do this, the PHN works with the community and health care providers to identify how the services in the community are working, what can be improved and what is missing.


What is ‘Talk About’

• ‘TALK ABOUT’ is a way for Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to ask you about your experience with health care in your community.
• The PHN wants to ‘talk about’ what you think is working well and what you think could be done better.

Health Consumers Queensland provides opportunities for consumers to lead consultation with their own community. We do this via Kitchen Table Discussions which are community engagement sessions led by local people for local people. They allow small groups to participate in discussions at a time of day 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.

We are seeking four Consumer Hosts with a strong community network who can bring together five community members to have a yarn using Zoom video conferencing or a way that works for you. The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them and provides the feedback to Health Consumers Queensland.


Qld Health funding priorities 2020/2021

While talking about funding priorities for the next financial year, it was clear that health consumers have an appetite for major changes in health.  Consumers have suggested major reforms to long-held ways of providing health care.  Identified reforms are:

  • to the way patients are categorized for care
  • re-imagining HHS borders
  • funding healthcare
  • collaborating with consumers to design new models of care, service improvements and
  • funding models to actively address the social and cultural determinants of health and the systems barriers that keep some people in a cycle of poverty and ill-health.


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As Queensland looks forward, who is being left behind?

At the Queensland Clinical Senate meeting on Monday, clinicians and consumers from across the state examined the innovations and improved models of care which have come out of the response to COVID-19, and made recommendations about what should be kept and developed beyond this pandemic.

As the public health system starts to look forward, Health Consumers Queensland has also been continuing to talk with consumers this week about who is being left behind.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities, inequities and discrimination in the healthcare system and our daily lives so we asked our COVID-19 Community of Interest Group, members of the Health Consumers Collaborative of Queensland and our own Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) as well as HHS CAG Leaders and Engagement Advisers:

  • Who is being left behind?
  • Why are they being left behind?
  • What can the system do and what can consumers do to address some of these issues?

Whilst many Queenslanders are now starting to enjoy life with some recent relaxations to restrictions, consumers and advisers identified over 25 groups of people whose health and/or social circumstances mean they are still unable to leave their homes or are particularly vulnerable to infection and the effects of prolonged isolation.

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Priority Queensland populations – consumers and carers at risk of being left behind

19 May

Consumers identified health consumers and carers at risk of being left behind during COVID-19. This helped form their views on who should be included in priority Queensland populations and what healthcare should look like for them. Consumers also saw the value of focusing on the commonalities between these groups as their challenges may be similar e.g. accessing healthcare, navigating between health care services and health literacy.

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