Townsville: Host a Kitchen Table Discussion on Palliative Care

This is your opportunity to host a Kitchen Table Discussion with your local community members on what’s important to you in relation to Palliative Care

Closing date: 4pm, 18th November 2019

About the project

Health Consumers Queensland is offering consumers and carers in the Townsville region the opportunity to facilitate consultation with their local community on Palliative Care.  

Palliative Care Queensland has contracted Health Consumers Queensland to undertake this consumer consultation. There will be six Kitchen Table Discussions hosted in the Townsville region.

Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) is an independent, not-for-profit peak body representing palliative care providers, consumers and their families and those with an interest in palliative care.

The Connecting End of Life Care (CELC) Program is a collection of localised collaborative projects administered by Palliative Care Queensland to support local improvements in palliative and end of life care.

The Program aims to improve end of life throughout Queensland by working with local palliative care services (both specialist palliative care and palliative care), primary health networks (PHNs), community groups, councils and community members to build culture, improve systems and develop clinical practices.

The CELC-Townsville project is administered by Palliative Care Queensland and works in collaboration with the Townsville Palliative Care Service at Townsville Hospital and Queensland Health Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education.

The project engages with the community through a variety of forums to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges that currently exist in the community with regard to palliative care.

One of the aims of the project is to build community confidence to source palliative care information and services, facilitate conversations about end of life, improve health professionals’ ability to explain the end of life process, and share patient experiences and stories about end of life.

  • Three kitchen table discussions will be held in the Townsville city area
  • Three kitchen table discussions will be held in regional areas, with one conversation group purposefully representative of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people (ideally Palm Island).

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Queensland Paediatric Quality Council (QPQC) Application for Steering Committee Members

Queensland Health

Closing Date: COB Thursday 21st November 2019

The Queensland Paediatric Quality Council is looking for two (2) consumer representatives to be part of the QPQC Steering Committee.

We are seeking expressions of interest from:

  • consumers who have experience as a parent/carer/consumer of Queensland Health paediatric services, and
  • have an interest/passion in patient quality and safety and preventative health services

Steering Committee Purpose

The QPQC Steering Committee is a multidisciplinary group which provides leadership, future planning and strategic governance for the QPQC.  The QPQC’s current areas of work include the priority areas of Infant Mortality and Clinical Incidents.

The major activities of the QPQC Steering Committee include:

  • Providing strategic direction and endorsement for the work of the QPQC and its 2 subcommittees (the Infant Mortality Subcommittee and the Clinical Incident Subcommittee);
  • Oversight of subcommittee projects;
  • Monitoring the QPQC budget and supporting grant applications;
  • Advocating for the work of the QPQC and its subcommittees and providing linkages with other stakeholders as required;
  • Oversight of research, ethics, data and integrity;
  • Responding to and actioning QPQC related correspondence.

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Opportunities to host a Kitchen Table Discussion with your local community

Opportunities to host a Kitchen Table Discussion with your local community

Closing date: 12pm Friday 8 November

About the project

Health Consumers Queensland is offering 20 consumers and carers the opportunity to facilitate consultation with their local community to develop a Digital Health Consumer Charter for Queensland.

Digital Health Consumer Charter for Queensland

This is an opportunity for health consumers and carers to lead consultation and ensure the voice and vision of the wider community is incorporated into the Consumer Charter.

Purpose

In the last decade, much has changed with how health is managed with IT systems – some hospitals now have entire digital systems with no bed charts or paper records; consumers can book GP appointments on-line, hospitals can now share key information digitally with your GP; some people track their health and wellbeing on tailored apps on their smart phones or with wearable devices.

We expect that this growth will continue to change the look and feel of healthcare and we’d like for consumers to be involved in shaping its direction. We would like to offer 20 consumers and carers the opportunity to host a Kitchen Table Discussion with their community members to hear directly from them in regard to evolving digital health and new technology in healthcare.

This will help to develop a set of principles that guides the future of digital health in Queensland for consumers.  It’s important that consumers and carers have a voice in this so that we continue to receive the care we want and need as we move into this new technological world.

About Kitchen Table Discussions

Kitchen Table Discussions are community engagement sessions led by local people for local people. They allow individuals and small groups to participate in discussions at a time of day, and in a place, 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, friendly and supportive environment.

Each Kitchen Table Discussion will be led by a Consumer Host with a strong community network to invite them to a discussion in a location of their choosing. The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them, and reports back the outcomes to Health Consumers Queensland. (more…)

Consumer Representatives: Queensland Health Consumer Collaborative

Closing date: Thursday 17 October 2019

Health Consumers Queensland is seeking 4 (four) health consumers or carers to join the Queensland Health Consumer Collaborative. The Collaborative is a joint initiative between Health Consumers Queensland and Queensland Health.

Purpose

The Queensland Health Consumer Collaborative is a strategic, high level committee that informs the embedding of consumer partnerships at every level of planning, policy, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of services provided by the Department of Health and Hospital and Health Services.

The Collaborative also provides an opportunity for leaders in the Queensland health system to discuss issues and initiatives that require consumer and carer input from a state-wide perspective.

Health Consumers Queensland chairs the Collaborative, provides secretariat services and supports the appointed health consumer and carer members.

Role of the consumer/carer

It is expected that consumers will provide information and feedback to the Collaborative from a consumer perspective. Consumers/carers will draw on  their lived experience of using the health system as well as from the knowledge of the work they do as consumer representatives on other health committees and advisory groups.

The consumer/carer will be appointed for a two-year term and the first meeting will be held in early 2020 (dates to be confirmed).

Who is it for?

This opportunity is for consumers who have had at least two years’ experience as a consumer representative on a strategic committee or group. This can be a statewide or local level with the Department of Health, a Hospital and Health Service or a Primary Health Network. The consumers should have a system wide view of how the health system works in Queensland, and in particular, how the public health system delivers care to people. (more…)

Help name the new adolescent extended treatment centre

A DIVERSE ADVISORY GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO HELP NAME THE NEW ADOLESCENT EXTENDED TREATMENT CENTRE (MENTAL HEALTH) 

Closing date: 13 October 2019

Children’s Health Queensland is working with young people, families, carers and Queensland Health staff across Queensland to name the new Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre (for young people with severe and complex mental health issues).

We’re seeking the help of eight young leaders (aged 13 – 24 years) across different consumer communities to help make sure our process is inclusive and reflects the amazing diversity of young people across Queensland.

It’s just a short commitment – three meetings across October and November – but it will make a big difference in guiding the process and finding a name the resonates as widely as possible.

WHO COULD HELP

  • Young people who are:
    • Aged 13-24
    • Represent one of more of the following characteristics:
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
      • Culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
      • LBTQI+
      • Have accessibility or disability requirements; or
      • Have lived experience of mental health services
    • Available to attend three meetings in October-November (on the dates listed below).

PURPOSE OF THE INCLUSION ADVISORY GROUP

Provide guidance to the project team throughout the naming process, including:

  • Highlighting initial considerations or things for us to keep in mind
  • Providing advice about how to make the most of our engagement opportunities (and make sure they respect and reflect the diversity of consumers across Queensland)
  • Reviewing materials to make sure the language resonates across diverse group
  • Providing feedback (a ‘sense check’) on the initial short-list of names (including any unintended interpretations or meanings that may have significance across different communities)
  • Endorsing the final short-list of name options to be presented to the Minister for his consideration.

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Care in the Right Setting Funding Program Panel

Closing date: COB Thursday 17 October

Queensland Department of Health

The Department of Health is providing a health consumer representative a unique opportunity to participate on the evaluation panel for the Care in the Right Setting (CaRS) Funding Program.   

Purpose

In the future, more people will be receiving healthcare in their homes and communities. To improve access to healthcare and reduce the demand on hospitals, a variety of different ways of providing healthcare are being explored and invested in. One-off funding of up to $50 million over two financial years is available to trial and assess ideas to:

  • Improve patient flow
  • Promote right care in the right place at the right time for the right outcome
  • Reduce the growth in hospital activity

The CaRS program is dedicated to funding models of care that will support the provision of healthcare in the right setting and promote the appropriate and effective use of hospital services.

The following areas have known challenges for consumers and the health system, so will be the focus for this funding:

Palliative Care: Access to community-based palliative care services Queensland is a challenge. The aim is to enhance access to community-based palliative care services, particularly in rural and remote areas of Queensland. The goals are a better patient experience, and reducing preventable hospital admissions.

Unplanned care: Unplanned and emergency care is placing increasing demand on the healthcare system. Offering more options for care may reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. The goal is to deliver better care options in appropriate settings, with the aim of reducing unplanned presentations to Emergency Departments, hospital admissions, and reducing the length of hospital stays. (more…)

Statewide General Medicine Clinical Network Application for Steering Committee Member

 Closing date extended to 9am Monday 28 October 2019

Clinical Excellence Queensland
The Statewide General Medicine Clinical Network, a part of the Queensland Clinical Network is looking for two (2) consumer representatives to be part of their Steering Committee within Clinical Excellence Queensland.

The Statewide General Medicine Clinical Network Steering Committee is a multidisciplinary group working on a collegiate basis to provide leadership and strategic planning for general medicine service development in Queensland. The steering committee comprises 8 general physicians, 3 nursing representatives, 3 allied health members, 1 general practitioner, and 2 network coordinators.

Role of the consumer
The role of the consumers on the Statewide General Medicine Clinical Network is to:

• Actively participate in steering committee discussions
• Confidently advocate on behalf of health consumers and carers
• Bring a consumer/ carer perspective to all discussions and decision-making.
• Possess a good understanding of matters that affect people receiving general medical care and community care services.
• Have well developed interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team and maintain good working relationships with team members and other stakeholders.

How to apply
Please complete this consumer application form and return to [email protected] by Thursday 10 October COB.

For assistance please contact Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.

For more information please see the Terms of Reference TOR here. 

Consumer Integrated Mental Health Application Consumer Brochure Working Group

Closing date: Friday 4 October

Queensland Department of Health – Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch

The Clinical Systems Support Team (CSST) is recruiting a team of 5+ mental health consumers and carers to be a part of a working group to create two brochures for mental health consumers in Queensland.

The Consumer Integrated Mental Health Application (CIMHA) is Queensland’s electronic medical record for mental health consumers. Soon mental health teams across Queensland will be sending consumers’ Transfer of Care (discharge summary) documents and Care Plans electronically to GP practice management software. Previously, this information has been sent manually via post or fax.

The brochures are being developed to advise consumers and carers about the CIMHA system in general, and the upcoming change.

Purpose

The working group will collaborate on the design of a brochure that gives clear and consumer-friendly information about these upcoming changes. The diverse backgrounds of the members of the group will help ensure that the brochure meets the needs of a wide range of consumers.

Role of the consumers

Consumers will be involved in a collaborative, co-design project. Consumers will be expected to share their viewpoints, raise ideas and provide feedback and input into the wording and design of the brochure. (more…)