A COVID-19 vaccine: Health consumers’ views

Although a vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available, it’s high on the news agenda this week and keenly anticipated.

According to peer-reviewed research published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal, we need up to 80% vaccination to ensure herd immunity.  Yet the results of an Australian study in April showed that 14% of Australian adults would reject or were unsure about having a COVID vaccine. It’s also likely that some people will be ineligible for the vaccine for medical reasons.

This week Health Consumers Queensland asked health consumers from its COVID-19 Community of Interest:

  • How could the population be encouraged to be vaccinated?
  • What would you need to know before deciding whether or not to get a vaccination?
  • What would motivate or stop you from getting one?

Read the full issues paper here >

A COVID-19 vaccine: What would help you decide?

A vaccine for COVID-19 remains keenly anticipated by many Australians as a way of releasing us from ongoing restrictions and protecting us from infection outbreaks.
According to peer-reviewed research published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal, a vaccination rate of 80% is needed to ensure herd immunity to COVID-19.  A motivated population is clearly vital to an immunisation programme’s success, yet the scale, urgency and unknowns of such a programme are causing concern to some health consumers as they consider choosing to have a vaccine if and when one becomes available.

Host a kitchen table discussion about health services and supports for older Australians in the Darling Downs West Moreton region

Applications close 4pm, 3rd September 2020
 Darling Downs and West Moreton  Primary Health Network (DDWMPHN) invites six consumer or carer hosts to facilitate  kitchen table discussions in September to hear from older people about their personal experience of health and care in their community and what services and supports have been helped them engage in a healthy lifestyle. The PHN is also interested in understanding what stops older Australians achieving their health goals. These discussions can be held in-person or online.
DDWMPHN 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.
About Kitchen Table Discussions
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 six Consumer Hosts who are older persons or carers/family of older persons with a strong community network who can bring together up to ten community members to have a discussion in-person or online via Zoom video conferencing.
  •  The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them and provides the feedback to Health Consumers Queensland. These discussions should take place between 7-21 September.
  • Full support and training will be provided.
You can find full details on this opportunity, including remuneration and expenses, on this application form.
Please complete the application form and return it to [email protected] by 4.00pm on Thursday, 3rd September 2020.

Consumer engagement in Victoria and NSW: Lessons learned during COVID-19

Here in Queensland, Health Consumers Queensland is uniquely positioned to amplify the consumer voice. We are fortunate to work with a Government, health department and health services that welcome consumer engagement and values the consumer voice.  Importantly, this commitment is matched by action, not just lip service, with consumer/HCQ participation facilitated at almost every level of decision making in health, and our organization being funded to pivot our work to support the response to COVID-19.

We invited the CEOs of our equivalent state health consumer peaks, Danny Vadasz, CEO of Health Issues Centre in Victoria and Anthony Brown from Health Consumers NSW to join a conversation with our CEO Melissa Fox, to share their perspectives on their Government and Health Departments’ engagement with consumers during COVID-19 at our regular Consumer Conversation session on Monday, 10 August 2020.

The views shared by Danny and Anthony made for “a sobering session” and prompted key questions around:

  1. Valuing consumer engagement at every level.
  2. Recognising that a consumer’s lived experience IS data.
  3.  How to be responsive to communities.

> Read the issues paper here.

Shape how Health and Wellbeing Queensland partners with community

Applications close Thursday, 20 August 2020

Help shape how Health and Wellbeing Queensland partners with community to make healthy happen. Health and Wellbeing Queensland is seeking up to 10 participants to join a focus group to provide insight into the best ways for community members and consumers to partner in the planning, implementation and evaluation of all areas of Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s work.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is a new health promotion agency with a focus on reducing health inequities and the risk factors for chronic disease such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.

This is an exciting opportunity for up to 10 health consumers to inform the development of a Community Partnering Strategy that will put people and communities at the heart of everything that Health and Wellbeing Queensland does.

We are looking for a mix of health consumers who reflect the diversity of the Queensland population including people living with disadvantage or disability, First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, those from regional, rural and remote communities, families and older people.

The 90 minute Focus group will be held from 11.30am to 1.00pm Wednesday 26 August. It will be held online and recorded using Zoom. Participants will be required to have access to and be familiar with using this technology.

Find out all the details and apply.