Closing date: Close of business Wednesday, 17 April 2019 

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Brach

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Statewide Clinical Network is recruiting one consumer and one carer to fill available roles on the Network membership. We are seeking expressions of interest from consumers and carers who have experience with Queensland Health mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment services.

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Statewide Clinical Network is one of more than 20 statewide clinical networks across Queensland Health. The Network is part of the Queensland Health statewide clinical leadership structure, and provides an opportunity for clinicians, senior leaders and consumer and carer representatives to engage in planning, priority setting, information sharing and system improvement in key areas.


The main aim of the Network is to contribute to high quality, safe and accessible care for consumers in Queensland Health mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services.

The Network funds or undertakes specific work in agreed priority areas. Current Network priority areas include care planning, integrating mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services, and reducing seclusion and restraint. The Network is also responsible for reviewing and providing feedback on relevant Queensland Health guidelines, models of service and other clinical and strategic documents.

The Network membership includes clinicians from a diverse range of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services across Queensland, representatives from key Queensland Health stakeholder groups including peak training providers and Department of Health governance units, and consumer and carer representatives.

The Terms of Reference are currently being reviewed and updated, and will be provided as soon as available.

Role of the Consumer

Consumer and carer representatives participate in all Network business, including attendance at meetings, reviewing meeting papers in advance, and responding to out-of-session business via email. All members on the Network represent particular groups, such as consumers and carers, clinical professions, service types or statewide work units.

Your role will be to advocate for the interests of the group you are representing (consumers or carers) during Network activities. You will be encouraged and supported to speak up and provide feedback and advice based on:

  • your own lived experience of accessing Queensland Health mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment services as a consumer or as a carer
  • feedback you receive from others with lived experience, such as through a consumer or carer group or forum that you may be part of.

Who is this for?

This opportunity would suit a consumer or carer representative with:

  • experience accessing Queensland Health mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment services as a consumer or as a carer, and
  • at least 6 months committee experience, either at the Hospital and Health Service, or Statewide level,
  • a high level of literacy (including reading, writing and communication) and
  • internet access, an email address and a computer for receiving meeting papers and responding to out-of-session Network business.

Applications from consumers/carers who are involved in a relevant group that they can consult with (such as a consumer advisory group) will be highly regarded.

Please note there is a separate (internal) application process for consumers and carers who are employed by Queensland Health as consumer/carer consultants. Contact Network secretariat Ailie Perich on 07 3328 9673 or email [email protected] for details.

Time and location

The Network meets four times each year, usually in February, May, August and December. Meetings are of three hours’ duration, and at times there will be additional work out-of-session via email.

Meetings are hosted by the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch at 15 Butterfield St, Herston, Brisbane. This is directly across from the main entrance to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, very close to the RBWH bus station, and about 10 -15 minutes’ walk from the Bowen Hills train station. Parking under the building is usually available for meetings free-of-charge, if booked in advance with the Network secretariat.

Network members unable to attend in person are able to attend via videoconference or teleconference.

Remuneration and support

Consumers will be remunerated in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s guidelines at the full day rate of $374. Reimbursement is provided for the costs of travel associated with meetings (via public transport or privately owned vehicle).

For consumers based outside of Brisbane in regional, rural or remote locations, travel support can be negotiated to attend initial meetings in person, to develop a face to face rapport with the Network. For future ongoing meetings, teleconference support will be provided.

How To Apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest and return it to [email protected] by COB Wednesday 17, April 2019. For assistance completing this Expression of Interest please contact Michael Taylor via [email protected],or by phone on 07 3012 9090.

For queries relating to the Mental Health and Other Drugs Statewide Clinical Network, please contact Ailie Perich, Network Secretariat, on 07 3328 9673 or email [email protected].

*** We request that completed Expressions of Interest are sent only to Health Consumers Queensland **