Help create a future vision of health in Queensland

Closing date: COB 25 July 2019

Queensland Department of Health and CSIRO

The Department of Health is providing a health consumer representative a unique opportunity to participate on the Steering Committee for the Future of healthcare in Queensland project.  

The Department of Health is currently collaborating with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) to undertake the Future of healthcare in Queensland project. This is an exciting research project that will look at megatrends, risks and future scenarios to 2040 to inform Queensland Health’s policy, planning and strategic decision making in the future.


  • The purpose of the Steering Committee is to oversee and guide the project, which is being led by the CSIRO.
  • The Steering Committee consists of six other Queensland Government executives, scientific researchers and the Board Chair of Health Consumers Queensland.
  • The Terms of Reference, project plan and supporting papers, will be provided to the successful applicant before the inaugural Steering Committee meeting.
  • Department of Health staff are also available to meet with the consumer prior to the meetings to discuss the project progress and Steering Committee agenda.

Role of the consumer

The role of the successful applicant will be to attend all Steering Committee meetings and to actively participate in all Steering Committee activities such as pre-meeting reading, discussions, provision of feedback and advice. (more…)

EOI Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre Recruitment

About the Project

The Department of Health is committed to ongoing engagement and participation of health consumers following the Government’s response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry report. See the youth mental health website for further information:

As part of the 2017-18 State Budget, the Government committed to deliver a new State-wide Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre (AETC) at The Prince Charles Hospital, to be owned and operated by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ).

Health Consumers Queensland is working closely with Children’s Health Queensland, including the Barrett community, young mental health consumers, and carers in Queensland to make sure consumer and community needs are considered during the development and commissioning of the new AETC.

Role of Consumers and Carers

Recruitment for the operation of the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre will commence in the latter half of 2019. Consumers and carers are being invited to participate in recruitment selection panels.

Participating consumers and carers will be asked to assess applicants from a consumer and carer perspective based on how they interact with them, and how confident and comfortable they are with that clinician/person caring for them or their family.

Remuneration and Support

Recruitment and selection training will be provided to prepare consumers and carers and is a pre-requisite for participation on Selection Panels. This 90-minute training session will include:

· An overview of recruitment and selection processes

· The role of the consumer/carer representative

· Conflict of interest, confidentiality, selection reports

Consumers and carers will be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses, and remunerated for time spent training, pre-reading, shortlisting, and interviewing at $40 per hour. Consumers and carers will also be provided with the opportunity for a pre-brief and post-interview debrief.

How to Apply

Consumers and carers in the South-East Queensland area with lived experience of child and youth mental health are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in AETC recruitment, including attendance at the recruitment and selection training.

In your response, please address the following questions:

· Why would you like to participate in the AETC recruitment?

· What would you bring to the recruitment process?

· What is your experience in being a consumer and or carer representative?

· What is your lived experience of child and youth mental health services?

Please read the Consumer and Carer Fact Sheet, the EOI Recruitment Form and complete your AETC Recruitment EOI Form and email to Leonie Sanderson: [email protected] by midday 19 July 2019. Please phone Leonie on 0437 637 033 if you are interested in applying but are unable to submit by this date.

Opportunity for Men: Enhancing Mental Health Care for Families in Metro North

Metro North Hospital and Health Services (MNHHS) is currently inviting applications for a male Consumer Representative to join the Steering Committee for the Enhancing Mental Health Care for Families in MNHHS project. 


MNHHS have recognised that until now there has been limited focus on identifying and meeting the specific needs of fathers, as woman-centred care has continued to be the main approach in all areas of maternity care.  The benefit of involving consumers and community representatives in health care planning, delivery and review of services is valued by the MNHHS.  The aim of the above project is to improve services to better prepare, value and support fathers/partners for the transition to fatherhood/parenthood.

Who is this for?

This opportunity would be suited to men who are fathers with recent experience (less than 15 years) in engaging with services in maternity care during their partners pregnancy and birth.

The role of the Consumer Representative is to attend monthly Steering Committee meetings where they will participate in discussion and provide advice on project outcomes relating to:

  • Engaging with fathers during their partners antenatal visits, labour and birth and the postnatal period.
  • Providing education resources and information for fathers to assist them with preparing for fatherhood
  • Identifying when fathers are experiencing mental health challenges and referring them to appropriate services for assistance as required.


Consumer presenter for “Implementing evidence into practice” workshop

Closing date: Close of business Thursday, 30 May 2019 

Metro North Hospital and Health Service

This 3-day interactive workshop aims to prepare health professionals to successfully implement evidence into practice to improve patient and health service outcomes. We would like to have a consumer involved in the final day of this workshop (Thursday 13th June) to:

  • Discuss their experience being involved in improving health service delivery and/or research
  • Provide feedback on implementation projects presented by participants as part of an expert panel

This event is hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Services. Our presenters are health professionals with expertise in implementation science from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, University of Adelaide, Flinders University and Queensland University of Technology.

Role of the Consumer

The consumer will be required to:

  1. Give a short presentation (approximately 5-10 minutes) to the audience of around 40 health professionals about their experience being involved in health service improvement and/or research, with the purpose of inspiring our audience to consider how they could involve consumers in their own projects. This may include what role the consumer had in the team, how they contributed to service development, implementation and/or evaluation, what challenges they experienced in doing this, and advice for how consumer involvement should be approached. This presentation will be part of a longer session titled “How do we involve consumers throughout the process”, presented by Jo Smethurst (HCQ) and clinician-researchers Adrienne Young and Liz Lynch.
  2. Give feedback to workshop participants on their projects as part of a panel discussion. The role of the consumer will be to ask questions about the projects presented which prompts presenters and the wider audience to think about consumer involvement. Other members of the panel include Scott Bell (Director of Research, Metro North Hospital and Health Service), Amanda Dines (health services manager, Metro North Hospital and Health Service) and Liza-Jane McBride (Chief Allied Health Officer, Queensland Health), who will be providing feedback from a management and research perspective.


Social Determinants of Health – Consumer Panellist Opportunity

Closing date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Department of Health – Nursing and Midwifery Innovation Fund

The $10 million Nurses and Midwives Innovation Fund has been established to fund projects that improve, scale up/scale across, enhance, develop or implement models of care that are innovative, flexible and which address emergent or unmet health care needs, where nurses and midwives significantly contribute to and lead care outcomes. There is an emphasis on the way in which nursing or midwifery led models can positively address the social determinants of health. The Innovation Fund is set out in clause 44.6 of the Nurses and Midwives (Queensland Health and Department of Education) Certified Agreement (EB10) 2018.

What are the Social Determinants of Health?

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, live and work, and grow. The allocation of money, governance and sources can be ways in which these are shaped. These circumstances then play a part on the impact of health outcomes. For example, if you feel socially isolated, move frequently between rented homes or between family members and you never got to finish high school, you are less likely to experience the same levels of good health as someone not in these circumstances.


The consumer representative (one) will be a key panel member. The panel will assess applications from the Hospital and Health Services on nursing and midwifery innovation projects. It is seen that the innovation projects are to meet the following aims:

  • improve, scale up and/or scale across, enhance, develop and/or implement innovative and flexible models of care that address emergent or unmet health care needs
  • facilitate nursing and midwifery led models, positively addressing the social determinants of health
  • focus on nurses and midwives in advanced practice positions, such as Nurse Navigators, Clinical Nurse/Midwife Consultants and Nurse Practitioners working to address the emergent or unmet health care needs in their areas of practice
  • support nurses and midwives to work at full scope of practice
  • deliver better health outcomes for the local community/cohort of patients identified
  • ensure ongoing sustainability and effectiveness of the innovation project, and
  • develop an evidence base regarding the value of nursing and midwifery practice through evaluation. The evaluation will incorporate the Quadruple Aim; clinical outcomes, patient experience, employee satisfaction and economic data.


Focus Groups – What matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying?

We invite health consumers, carers and community members to join us at one of our series of focus groups so we can understand ‘what matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying’.

The focus groups will be facilitated by Health Consumers Queensland and will be held before the start of Palliative Care Queensland’s Compassionate Communities Conversation series.

Health Consumers Queensland together with COTA Queensland, Palliative Care Queensland and Carers Queensland are partnering with Queensland Health to hear directly from health consumers, carers and community members who have experience of ageing, end-of-life care and dying.

Your feedback will be collated into a report to inform Queensland Health and its committees and projects currently working in the area of frail, aged, palliative care and end-of-life care.

The focus groups will run for one hour and attending consumers and carers will receive a $40 gift voucher for their time from Health Consumers Queensland. A maximum of 20 people can attend each focus group, and an RSVP is essential.

Palliative Care Queensland will be providing a morning tea before the Compassionate Communities Conversation commences. You are invited to the morning tea and we hope you will also stay on for the Compassionate Communities Conversation.


  • Innisfail (4 June)
  • Sunshine Coast (18 June)
  • Hervey Bay (19 June)
  • Rockhampton (20 June)
  • Toowoomba (26 June)
  • Ipswich (27 June)
  • Longreach (2 July)
  • Roma (9 July) SOLD OUT
  • Brisbane North (15 July) SOLD OUT

Compassionate Communities Conversations

The Compassionate Communities Conversations will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Compassionate communities are communities with networks of support for their local community members who are experiencing loss, ageing, dying and grief.


Antimicrobial Resistance Statewide Strategy – Focus Group

Closing date: Close of business on Thursday 16 May

The Chief Medical Officer and Healthcare Regulation Branch (CMOHRB) is recruiting consumers to be part of one of two focus groups to provide input for the development of a strategy for Queensland’s response to the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

About the Branch

The CMOHRB is part of the Prevention Division of Queensland Health. The CMOHRB is responsible for providing strategic advice on matters related to review of healthcare legislation and policy, medication management services, medical workforce and medical recruitment campaigns, credentialing, private facilities, Schools of Anatomy, drugs and drug approvals, blood, human tissues and related products.

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when, over time, microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi and viruses) become resistant to antimicrobial medicines (such as antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals). This means they become harder to treat, and sometimes the medicine doesn’t work. This can result in serious problems in treating infections, leading to increased sickness and death. The strategy being created aims to put programs of work in place to prevent and contain antimicrobial resistance. See the video to learn more about antimicrobial resistance.


Expression of Interest – Low Value Care Steering Partnership

Closing date: Close of business Thursday, 4 April 2019 


The purpose of the Steering Partnership (the Partnership) is to provide advice to the Executive Co-sponsors of the Queensland Health (QH) program ‘Delivering Healthcare That Matters’ (DHTM): Low Benefit Care. This work aims to identify and realise opportunities to spend less and really do better for people in terms of health outcomes, more effective care and more personalised care, through a through a focus on low value care (LVC), also referred to as low benefit care, that is care that provides little or no benefit, may cause harm, or yields marginal benefits at a disproportionately high cost.

Evidence shows that current systems and processes may sometimes mean that patients receive tests and treatments that do not benefit them, often cause them inconvenience – including leading to further unnecessary interventions – and sometimes might actually cause them harm. The opportunity cost of expending scarce resources on low-benefit care means those resources are foregone and an opportunity to provide high value care is lost.

The principal functions of the Partnership are to:

  • Advise and support on the development and delivery of a workplan to identify and realise opportunities to reduce the incidence of care to patients that provides little or no benefit, may cause harm, or yields marginal benefits at a disproportionately high cost
  • Actively monitor progress against the workplan and provide advice and support to assist in addressing any barriers to workplan implementation
  • Champion workplan activities that contribute to the program objectives
  • Identify and promote opportunities to support adoption of the value concept across other programs in Rapid Response Areas 2&3
  • Provide strategic advice to DoH, the Minister, and HHSs.


The Collaborative shall be chaired by a Project Clinical Champion or the Chief Executive Champion (or delegate). Membership comprises the ex officio of the following positions:

  • Clinical Co-champion x 2
  • Chief Executive Lead
  • Deputy Director-General, Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance
  • Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Queensland
  • Assistant Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer
  • Subject Matter Experts x 3
  • Chair, Queensland Clinical Senate
  • Chair of Chairs, Statewide Clinical Networks
  • Chair EDMS Forum
  • Chief Executive Health Consumers Queensland
  • Senior Director, Rapid Results Team
  • Chair of Primary Health Network CE group
  • Choosing Wisely Representative
  • Health Consumers Queensland CEO
  • Consumer/Carer Respresentative

Role of the Consumer

The role of the consumers will be to participate in the Committee’s activities, including the review of papers in advance and attendance at the scheduled meetings. Support will be provided to the participating consumers in an atmosphere of good faith. Consumers are encouraged to speak up and provide feedback and advice based on their lived experience of accessing the health system. Consumers will be supported and encouraged to do so.