My Maternity Decision Guide User Testing

Closing date: Close of business Tuesday 26 February 2019

Clinical Excellence Queensland, through the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service, is looking for up to 10 consumers to test the My Maternity Decision Guide and provide feedback including about how the resource can be improved to optimise the user experience. 

The My Maternity Decision Guide is being developed as an online resource and aims to empower women to make informed decisions about the care they receive throughout their maternity journey.

If you are a woman (or a family member of a woman) planning to become pregnant in the next 12 months, currently pregnant, or if you have been pregnant within the past 2 years, your feedback will help us ensure the online resource is useful and works the way it is supposed to.

Requirements

To participate you will need:

  • Relevant and recent experience as a consumer of maternity health care or be a representative of a maternity consumer organisation
  • Ability and willingness to represent the experiences of a wider group of people
  • Access and ability to use a personal computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Availability to commit to user testing of up to 3 hours between the expected dates of:
    • 4 March -10 March 2019; and
    • 25 March – 31 March 2019.

Role and Responsibilities

The role of the consumer representative is to:

  • Contribute a consumer perspective to improve My Maternity Decision Guide
  • Use the login details we provide to access the testing environment.
  • Use the online survey tool to provide confidential feedback within the stated timeframe.
  • Provide advice on the general look and feel of the resource
  • Provide advice on the content within the resource
  • Provide advice on how the resource can be improved to optimise the user experience.

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Expression of Interest Youth Mental Health Consumer Representative Opportunity

Closing date: midday Friday 22 February 2019

The Department of Health is committed to ongoing engagement and participation of health consumers following the work done implementing the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry report. See the youth mental health website for further information: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/improvement/youthmentalhealth  

An opportunity for a consumer representative is now available on the Project Implementation Group. The Project Implementation Group oversees the capital program to ensure projects are managed and advice/direction is provided to support the timely and successful delivery of the mental health facilities. Meetings are held monthly and the group will meet throughout 2019 until scheduled completion of construction for the capital program. The successful applicant will join another consumer representative and a carer representative, already on the group.

Health Consumers Queensland is working closely with Queensland Health, the Barrett community of former patients, family and friends and young mental health consumers and carers in Queensland, to ensure consumer and community needs are considered during the construction and commissioning phase of the youth mental health – capital program.

Consumers with experience in child and youth mental health are invited to submit expressions of interest for a representative position on the Project Implementation Group. Mental Health Consumers between the ages of 18 and 25 years are encouraged to apply.

Please complete this Expression of Interest and email to Leonie Sanderson: [email protected] by midday Friday 22 February 2019. Please phone Leonie on 0437 637 033 if you are interested in applying but are unable to submit by this date.

National Allied Health Conference: consumer speaker required

Closing date: Friday 15 February 2019

13th National Allied Health Conference Organising Committee

The 13th National Allied Health Conference Organising Committee is recruiting a consumer to speak at a preconference workshop on the value of allied health services to be held on Monday 5th August 2019. The audience will include up to 100 allied health leaders, managers and clinicians. The workshop format will include one presentation each from a Director of Allied Health, a senior executive from the Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division, Department of Health, a Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive, and a consumer. Each speaker will present for 20 minutes, their perspective on the value of allied health, what constitutes high value allied health services and how to promote the value of allied health. Workshop attendees will be invited to table local problems for discussion and resolution in the second part of the workshop. The consumer and other speakers will be invited to contribute to these table discussions.

More information on the 13th National Allied Health Conference, and the organising committee can be found on the conference website: http://www.nahc.com.au/

Purpose

The National Allied Health Conference is the primary professional development and networking event for allied health professionals across Australia, with a focus on topics/issues common to most allied health professions. The Conference is run every 2 years. Pre-conference workshops as offered as additional professional development opportunities.

What is Allied Health?

Allied health professionals are health professionals that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. They are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses. Allied health practitioners often work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide specialised support for different patient needs.
Allied health services include, but are not limited to: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, social work, speech pathology, pharmacy, orthoptics, and podiatry.

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13th National Allied Health Conference Consumer Experience Video Presentations

Closing date: Friday, 15 February 2019

The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland is recruiting three (3) consumer representatives to participate individually in 5-minute consumer experience videos that will be played as a key part of the 13th National Allied Health Conference scientific program on 6 + 7 August 2019.

The videos will provide a consumer perspective on the themes of our keynote presentations. Each 5-minute consumer video will be played prior to the relevant keynote speaker presentation at the National Allied Health Conference.

What is Allied Health?

Allied health professionals are health professionals that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. They are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses. Allied health practitioners often work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide specialised support for different patient needs.

Allied health services include, but are not limited to: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, social work, speech pathology, pharmacy, orthoptics, and podiatry. (more…)

Allied Health Consumer Experience Video Working Group

13th National Allied Health Conference Consumer Experience Video Working Group

Closing date: Friday, 15 February 2019

The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland is recruiting one (1) consumer representative to be a member of the 13th National Allied Health Conference Consumer Experience Video Working Group. The videos will  be played as a key part of the 13th National Allied Health Conference scientific program on 6 + 7 August 2019.

The purpose of the working group is to develop a list of standard questions that will be asked of the consumers in the consumer videos. The questions will focus on their experience with allied health. Each 5-minute consumer video will be played prior to the relevant keynote speaker presentation at the National Allied Health Conference.

What is Allied Health?

Allied health professionals are health professionals that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. They are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses. Allied health practitioners often work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide specialised support for different patient needs.

Allied health services include, but are not limited to: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, social work, speech pathology, pharmacy, orthoptics, and podiatry.

Who is it for?

This experience would suit a consumer that would like to provide input into the videos but does not have the confidence to participate in the videos themselves. The consumer must have experience receiving care from an allied health professional within the past 12 months.

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Expressions of Interest – QLD Mental Health Week – Working/Reference Group

Closing date: COB, Wednesday 20 February 2019  

Queensland Mental Health Week Collaboration 

Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual event that aims to increase awareness and interest in positive mental health and wellbeing across the state. Linked to the National Mental Health Week the event will take place between Saturday 5 – Sunday 13 October 2019. The Queensland Mental Health Commission has appointed CheckUP to coordinate the event for the sector.

While centrally themed and coordinated QMHW encompass hundreds of events, organised by many individuals, community groups and service providers throughout the state. This is supported by a community grants program, which is funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission. The Queensland Mental Health Week Website provides information on the week’s events and other key initiatives such as the QMHW Achievement Awards, downloadable resources and merchandise.

CheckUP is seeking two lived experience representatives to be on both the QMHW Reference Group and QMHW Working Group. One of the representatives will have a carer focus.

Purpose

QMHW Reference Group

The QMHW Reference Group provides high level advice and guidance for the overall direction of QMHW 2019. The Group only meets at the initial stage of the project to consider and endorse the theme and strategic direction and is then kept informed of progress via email.
The group is comprised of Senior staff including the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner and sector CEO’s Reference Group Role Description. (more…)

Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

We want to hear your views!

Health Consumers Queensland is preparing our submission to the Queensland Parliament’s Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee in relation to the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. You can read more about the bill, including the Minister’s introductory speech and explanatory notes here.

Our submission will be based on feedback from health consumers and carers. It looks like much of the Bill is positive for consumers and we are keen to hear your views on the proposed changes.

Background

On 13 November 2018, Hon Dr Stephen Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, introduced theHealth and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. In his speech, the Minister said “The Bill will make significant reforms to health legislation to protect and improve the health of Queenslanders.

“It will remove barriers for patients and doctors seeking access to medicinal cannabis treatment, it will ensure Queenslanders are notified of pollution events that pose a risk to public health and it will establish a register of occupational dust lung diseases such as coalmining pneumoconiosis, or black lung, and silicosis caused by engineered stone benchtops.“

Topics include:

  • Medicinal cannabis
  • Public notification of pollution events
  • Register of occupational dust lung diseases
  • Pathology access to tissue-based products
  • Location of post mortems
  • Cremation of human body parts used for teaching purposes

To ensure that you have your say and have input into our submission please complete our survey by 5pm Tuesday 18th December 2018

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Working Group: New Mental Health Peak Organisation

Closing date: Close of business Thursday 10 January 2019

Inform the work of a new peak organisation representing mental health consumers and carers.

Based upon consumer and carer consultation to date and on behalf of Queensland Health, Health Consumers Queensland have contracted two independent consultants with lived experience to facilitate the scoping of the formation of a new peak body organisation to represent mental health consumers and carers in Queensland.

The aims of the project (approx. 3 months in duration) will be to:

  • Maintain and strengthen links with a network of mental health consumers and carers interested in supporting the development of a new organisation.
  • Create and engage with a consumer and carer working group to guide/support the project.
  • Develop a consultation plan to seek feedback from consumers and carers who haven’t been consulted to date
  • Facilitate targeted consultation of consumers and carers.
  • Create a funding proposal that will include consumer and carer feedback on the mission, vision, purpose, activities, values and membership of the organization.

The working group will inform the work of the project, to represent the voices of other consumers and carers and importantly be consumer and carer connectors by providing access to consumer and carer networks in their region.

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