Consumer OpportunitiesThe 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.
Keep your eye on this page, our eAlerts and our Facebook page for the latest Consumer Opportunities.
Closing date: 9am, Monday 31 January 2022
The Department of Health is providing one health consumer representative* the opportunity to participate in two separate, but interrelated, Queensland Health statewide service committees. These are:
- The Statewide Services: Assessment and Review Panel (ARP) assesses whether a service should become a statewide service, monitors the performance of endorsed statewide services and provides advice to higher level committees.
- The Implementation Working Group (IWG) meets primarily to work through complex issues associated with highly specialised services and statewide services.
The lived experience of the consumer will provide a unique perspective to both committees and contribute to discussions to improve health outcomes and equitable access for all Queenslanders.
*It would be optimal to have one representative due to the associations between the ARP and IWG; however, this not a mandatory requirement.
What are Statewide Services
Statewide services can be broadly described as services that are delivered in low volume and at high cost, require a highly skilled workforce, and need highly specialised equipment, support services or infrastructure. The services are delivered by one or two Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) to all residents across the state. Each service is assessed by the Department of Health to ensure it meets agreed statewide criteria, is in the optimal location to meet patient need, has undergone a needs assessment and will be affordable, feasible, safe and sustainable. An example is a transplantation service such as lung, kidney, heart or liver transplantation.
Closing date: 9am, Monday 7 February 2021
The Statewide Cancer Clinical Network (SCaCN) invites (1) one consumer representative to be a member of the Steering Committee. The SCaCN is a broad, representative group of multidisciplinary clinicians that have input to and influence key decision makers and health services in Queensland.
The SCaCN Steering Committee is a group of clinicians and consumer representatives across Queensland that provide strategic advice, guidance and expertise to public sector cancer care services regarding the accessibility and delivery of quality evidence-based cancer therapy in Queensland.
Closing date: 9am, Monday 24 January 2022
Do you have a passion and commitment to improving health outcomes for people living with type 2 diabetes or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
Have you been affected by, or have experience of type 2 diabetes, and are either currently accessing or have accessed the public health system?
Have you been advised by your doctor you have pre-diabetes or another condition which puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
For women, are you pregnant with gestational diabetes, or have you had gestational diabetes during any of your previous pregnancies?
Queensland Health invites consumers and carers to participate in a focus group about type 2 diabetes and the public health system for the Chronic Disease Prevention Systems Analysis Project on Thursday 17 February 2022 (two options are available on this day). The focus group will gather information and insights to improve Queensland Health’s understanding of what chronic disease prevention activity is currently happening, especially relating to type 2 diabetes, and, importantly, what could be possible or enhanced.
Closing date: 9am, Monday 10 January 2021
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Unit, within the Department of Health, offers one health consumer / carer representative the unique opportunity to participate on the voluntary assisted dying Information and Communications Technology (ICT) User Reference Group workshops to ensure the ICT solution for the voluntary assisted dying scheme is effective and to support process flows and user experience.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 (the Act) was passed on 16 September 2021. The Act will allow for voluntary assisted dying to be available from 1 January 2023, providing choice and compassion for those at the end of their life.
The nine Queensland Health System Governance Tier 2 Advisory Committees, known as Tier 2 Advisory Committees, will help improve alliances between the Department of Health, Hospital and Health Services (where care is delivered), and the Queensland Ambulance Service. They report into the Queensland Health Executive Leadership Team with a connection to the Queensland Health Leadership Advisory Board; these two groups are chaired by the Director-General of Health. The five Tier 3 Advisory Committees will help inform and feed into the Tier 2 Committees. This new systematised representation underlines Queensland Health’s commitment to and recognition of the value of consumer partnerships to the system and health outcomes for all Queenslanders.
If you’re relatively new to consumer representative work and you are thinking about applying for any of the roles on this page, don’t be put off by an application form which asks for six months’ experience on a health committee.