Consumer Opportunities

The role of a consumer representative can be a very rewarding experience, knowing that you are helping to affect positive change in Queensland’s health system and improving the healthcare experience for other consumers.

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Host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle to inform a new Health Reform Strategy for Queensland

Closing date: 12pm, Tuesday 4 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by the Queensland Department of Health to undertake consultation with Queenslanders about their ideas for a future health system that delivers modern, person-centred and equitable care for all. This feedback will inform the development of a new 10-year health reform strategy.

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for 16 consumers to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle with community members to hear about their priorities and make sure our reform program meets the needs of the community and sets us up to deliver safe, appropriate, timely, and future focused care.

As the host, your role will be to plan, coordinate and host a once-only 90-minute to two-hour discussion with community members. This includes:

  • Inviting your participants
  • Choosing a time, date and venue or online between 8 and 23 October 2022 that works for your participants
  • Host the session
  • Complete and provide the discussion feedback to Health Consumers Queensland by 25 October.

Each host will receive comprehensive training, project briefing, resources and ongoing support from HCQ.

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Join the HCQ Board

Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 16 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) Board is seeking committed individuals with governance and other relevant skills and experience to express interest in joining the current Board Directors.

The Board is looking to appoint four (4) new Board Directors. HCQ is seeking candidates with the time and aptitude to take on the following roles following appointment to the Board – Board Chair; Chair, Finance and Risk Committee and Company Secretary on a pro bono basis.

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Guide the allied health research portfolio

Closing date:  5pm Tuesday 20 September 2022

The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland (AHPOQ) is inviting two consumer representatives to partner with AHPOQ to guide the allied health research portfolio for a two-year term.

AHPOQ plays a key role in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to ensure an appropriately skilled allied health workforce to meet the current and future health service needs of Queensland.  There are over 9000 allied health professional and technical staff working in Queensland, who work alongside doctors and nurses to provide optimum health care.

The purpose of the research portfolio is to provide oversight and support allied health research capability and capacity across Queensland. The consumer representatives will provide advocacy and advice within this portfolio on the key components including:

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Host a yarning circle in the Torres and Cape region to help shape healthcare

Health Consumers Queensland is seeking four (4) Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health consumers, community members and carers who would like to host a yarning circle in the Torres and Cape region to help shape healthcare in the area.

To assist First Nations community to have a say in the implementation of the  Health Equity Strategy, Health Consumers Queensland is seeking four Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people who would like to host a yarning circle with up to 10 local community members in the following regions:

  • Northern Peninsula Area
  • Aurukun
  • Pormpuraaw
  • Kowanyama

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Join the Mental Health and Addiction Portal Working Group

Closing date EXTENDED: 9am, Friday 23 September 2022

Do you have lived experience of accessing Queensland Health’s mental health and alcohol and other drugs services?

The Mental Health and Addiction Portal (MHAP) is a statewide data warehouse that brings together data from a number of separate software applications and provides the capability for enhanced clinical and business decision support, analysis, reporting and access to information related to Queensland’s mental health and alcohol and other drug services and consumers.

The Mental Health and Addiction Portal (MHAP) Working Group has been established to provide direction and facilitate the program of work associated with the ongoing development, maintenance and use of MHAP to align with the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODN) Digital Information Strategy which provides strategic direction for digital transformation over the next five years.

One consumer or carer representative with lived experience and recent engagement with services in the public or private sector of mental health and alcohol and other drugs services is invited to participate in this working group. You will have the opportunity to inform and guide the program of work associated with the ongoing development, maintenance and use of their data warehouse solution.

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Invitation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Consumers and Carers to host a Yarning Circle to inform the Children’s Health Queensland Health Equity Strategy

Health Consumers Queensland is seeking two (2) Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health consumers, family members and carers who would like to host a yarning circle in the North West Queensland region and the Torres and Cape region to help shape healthcare for children and young people.

About the project

To assist First Nations community to have a say in the implementation of the Children’s Health Queensland Health Equity Strategy, Health Consumers Queensland is seeking two Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people who would like to host a yarning circle with up to 10 local community members in the following regions:

  • Torres and Cape region
  • North West Queensland region

Each Yarning Circle is to include at least two Elders, both male and female and at least two young people, both male and female, community who use Children’s Health Queensland’s hospital and health services or another Hospital and Health Service (HHS) and use Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations or other primary health care services.

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Central Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Consumers and Carers: An invitation to host a Yarning Circle to inform your regional Health Equity Strategy

Health Consumers Queensland invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers and carers to host a yarning circle within their communities to hear from people who would like to help shape healthcare in the Central Queensland region. We are seeking three (3) Yarning Circle hosts for this opportunity.

About the project

The voices, leadership and lived experiences of First Nations peoples are driving the health equity reform agenda in Queensland. The health equity agenda is the legislative requirement passed by the Queensland Parliament in 2020 for Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) to co-develop and co-implement Health Equity Strategies.

To assist community members to have a say in their health service Health Equity Strategy, Health Consumers Queensland has been engaged by Queensland Health’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Division to support Central Queensland HHS with their Health Equity community consultations.

To do this we are seeking three community members who would like to host a yarning circle with up to 10 community members in their local town and region.

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