**EXTRA PLACES NOW AVAILABLE** Discuss Alcohol and Other Drug Use in the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Region

Have you seen a change in your community with people using alcohol and other drugs to cope with the stresses of life?

Additional Opportunities – please respond quickly as applications are assessed as they arrive.

This application will take approximately 4 minutes to complete

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for consumers and/or carers living in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle with local people to discuss changes in community alcohol and other drug use since early 2020. This is to better understand how people’s behaviour has changed during COVID and recent natural disasters, and what their experiences of accessing support services have been. Hosts and guests don’t need to have a first-hand experience of alcohol and other drug use, but can share their observations of how their communities have been coping.

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Kitchen Table Discussions and Yarning Circles need to be completed by the 12th of June.

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Join the Queensland Paediatric Quality Council’s Quality Assurance Committee

Closing date: 9am, Monday 10 July 2023

Are you familiar with Queensland Health pediatric services? Do you have a passion for patient quality, safety, and preventative health? If so, we have an opportunity for you to join the Queensland Paediatric Quality Council (QPQC) as a consumer representative on their Quality Assurance Committee.

As a consumer representative, you’ll work alongside a dedicated committee, providing leadership and strategic governance for the QPQC. Your role will involve actively participating in discussions, advocating for health consumers and carers, and bringing a valuable perspective to decision-making. You’ll contribute to improving statewide pediatric health services and provide feedback on materials and resources.

No committee experience is required, but strong literacy skills and a commitment to patient quality and safety are essential. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. Meetings are held every 3-4 months, either in person or via Microsoft Teams. Your time commitment will be approximately 1 hour per meeting, with additional preparation and feedback required. Reimbursement for time and travel expenses will be provided.

Apply today to join the QPQC and make a difference in pediatric healthcare.

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Ensure palliative care services meet the needs of consumers, carers and families

Closing date: 9am, Thursday 1 June 2023

Are you a consumer or carer interested in sharing your lived experience of palliative care services in Queensland?

You’re invited to participate in a Palliative Care Strategy online or face-face workshop with Clinical Excellence Queensland.

These workshops are designed to learn from consumers with lived experience of caring for someone receiving palliative care or for someone receiving care themselves by exploring consumer experiences and access to palliative care information, advice and support to ensure these services are meeting the needs of consumers, carers and families across the state.

Clinical Excellence Queensland is taking a lead role in implementing the new Palliative and End-of-life Strategy, which was released in October 2022. Outcomes from these workshops will contribute to delivery of several actions within the Strategy.

Find out more and apply here >

Celebrating consumer appointments to roles across the health system between January and March 2023 

Congratulations to all the consumers and carers from HCQ’s network who have been appointed to consumer partnership roles on long-term, system-wide committees, focus groups or working groups as well as other activities with Queensland Health and other health organisations. 

We received over 100 expressions of interest for 19 opportunities. More than 30 consumer and carer representatives have been appointed to roles so far with some selections still to be finalised. We’ve also seen a strong increase in the numbers of consumers applying for roles who bring an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island, disability, culturally and linguistically diverse or rural and remote perspective and voice. Some of the new roles include:


Wishing Anne Curtis and Reema Naresh well as they move on to pastures new

In February and March, we said farewell to Anne Curtis, Senior Engagement Consultant and lead of our fee-for-service work and Reema Naresh, Engagement Advisor and our Training Lead as they moved on to explore new opportunities.

Anne Curtis
During her time with Health Consumers Queensland, Anne has always been passionate about the voice of ALL consumers being heard and valued at all levels of the health system.

After joining HCQ in 2015, Anne adapted the Kitchen Table Discussion (KTD) methodology for Health Consumers Queensland in 2018 so consumers could lead conversations with consumers. Since that time, she has empowered many who had never had a voice in healthcare before to lead and participate in consultation on important health issues within their own communities in a safe and supportive environment.