Host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle to inform a new Health Reform Strategy for Queensland

Closing date: 12pm, Tuesday 4 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by the Queensland Department of Health to undertake consultation with Queenslanders about their ideas for a future health system that delivers modern, person-centred and equitable care for all. This feedback will inform the development of a new 10-year health reform strategy.

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for 16 consumers to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle with community members to hear about their priorities and make sure our reform program meets the needs of the community and sets us up to deliver safe, appropriate, timely, and future focused care.

As the host, your role will be to plan, coordinate and host a once-only 90-minute to two-hour discussion with community members. This includes:

  • Inviting your participants
  • Choosing a time, date and venue or online between 8 and 23 October 2022 that works for your participants
  • Host the session
  • Complete and provide the discussion feedback to Health Consumers Queensland by 25 October.

Each host will receive comprehensive training, project briefing, resources and ongoing support from HCQ.


Join the HCQ Board

Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 16 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) Board is seeking committed individuals with governance and other relevant skills and experience to express interest in joining the current Board Directors.

The Board is looking to appoint four (4) new Board Directors. HCQ is seeking candidates with the time and aptitude to take on the following roles following appointment to the Board – Board Chair; Chair, Finance and Risk Committee and Company Secretary on a pro bono basis.


Guide the allied health research portfolio

Closing date:  5pm Tuesday 20 September 2022

The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland (AHPOQ) is inviting two consumer representatives to partner with AHPOQ to guide the allied health research portfolio for a two-year term.

AHPOQ plays a key role in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to ensure an appropriately skilled allied health workforce to meet the current and future health service needs of Queensland.  There are over 9000 allied health professional and technical staff working in Queensland, who work alongside doctors and nurses to provide optimum health care.

The purpose of the research portfolio is to provide oversight and support allied health research capability and capacity across Queensland. The consumer representatives will provide advocacy and advice within this portfolio on the key components including:


Consumers tour Seqwater Advanced Water Treatment Plant

In late August 2022, consumer representatives and HCQ network members, Anh Tho Tien and Rajini Eschwarachar Shankar joined our new Project Support Coordinator, Declan Winterton at Seqwater’s Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant for a tour of its recycled water facility.

The tour is a follow-up to the work HCQ undertook for Seqwater in 2021 which included Kitchen Table Discussions and a short-term communication co-design consumer reference group. Tho and Rajini were involved in the project and were keen to take the offer of a tour of the Seqwater facilities.


A framework to help consumers and staff work together in healthcare quality improvement takes another step forward!

At the end of 2021, a small research team including two consumers (Elizabeth Miller and Bernadette Tanner), a PhD candidate, Ruth Cox, and her supervisors, Professor Matthew Molineux and Associate Professor Melissa Kendall from Griffith Uni and QEII Hospital shared their Capability Framework for Successful Partnerships in Healthcare Quality Improvement and promised to update readers on any new developments.