Closing date: 9am, Thursday 4th February 2021.

The Department of Health is providing one (1) First Nations’ health consumer representative the opportunity to participate in the Patient Access Advisory Committee (PAAC) to help establish system-level performance oversight and monitoring of Patient Flow in Queensland Public Hospitals.


The Patient Access Advisory Committee (PAAC) is a Tier 3 committee to provide strategic advice to the System Management Advisory Committee (SMC) on issues affecting consumer access to public acute health services and timely flow through the episode of patient care.

The primary functions of the Committee are to:

  1. Provide strategic advice to Queensland Health System Management Advisory Committee (SMAC) on strategies to support system-wide opportunities for improvement in patient flow, with the goal to improve access to care.
  2. Review and refine existing protocols to align to best practice and ensure safety and quality of service delivery is maintained.
  3. Understand key pressure points of patient flow in the system to target service improvement.

What is Patient flow?

Patient flow represents the ability of the healthcare system to serve patients quickly and efficiently as they move through stages of care.  When the system works well, patients flow like a river, meaning that each stage of their treatment in the various areas of the healthcare system is completed with minimal delay.  This may include the flow into, through and out of the hospital system, or the connections between the community healthcare setting and the hospital system.  Regardless optimal patient flow means a high likelihood of optimal provision care at the right place, by the right team, at the right time.


The Committee shall be chaired by the Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Queensland, Department of Health (or delegate). Please find full list of membership through the PAAC Terms of Reference.  The PAAC Terms of Reference are attached.

Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit a First Nations consumer or carer representative with at least 6 -12 months committee experience, either at the Hospital and Health Service, or Statewide level. The successful consumer will be joined by a second consumer representative on the Committee who has been a member since the committee has formed.

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