Closing date:  EXTENDED: Thursday 10th of August 2023 

Are you a young person aged between 16 and 24 and live in the Darling Downs or West Moreton region? Or are you a parent or carer of a young person? Why not host a conversation with other young people about healthcare?


Why young people?

Younger health consumers (aged 16-25 years) are under-represented in decision-making processes in health services across Queensland.

Many young people continue to access health services designed for older adults including emergency services, mental health services, acute and chronic support services. These young people like you, have valuable experience, and feedback to give that is important to the Darling Downs West Moreton PHN and the health system.

We want to hear the voices of young people including your voice! We also want to better understand and make changes you may have experienced with health services in the Darling Downs West Moreton region.

What kind of conversation would I be hosting?

The kind of conversation used in this project is Kitchen Table Discussions or Yarning Circles. you do not need any skills or experience to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle, just an open mind and connections to other young people who want to get involved in a meaningful way and make a difference. You will get plenty of support and tools to use to run the conversation.




About the project

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN are funded by the Australian Government to improve primary health care services (services that sit outside of a hospital) in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region. See a map of the region

To do this, the PHN works with the community and health care providers to identify how the services in the community are working, what can be improved and what is missing.

Some of the locations include: Ipswich, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Cherbourg.


This project is part of the PHN’s ‘TALK ABOUT’ which is a way for Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to ask consumers and community members about their experience with health care in your community.

The ‘Young people and their health’ TALK ABOUT topic seeks to gain and understanding of how young people access health care in the region and what care is accessed, identify what their biggest health concerns are, and what would make it easier for young people to access care.

The PHN wants to learn more about:

  • What are the biggest health concerns for young people?
  • Where do young people go for help and what are their experiences?
  • How do young people access care?
  • What things would make it easier for young people to get the health care you need?
  • What’s important to you when engaging with health services?

About Kitchen Table Discussions and Yarning Circles

Kitchen Table Discussions and Yarning Circles are consultation sessions led by local people for local people. They allow small groups of up to 10 community members 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, informal, and supportive environment.

Each Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle will be led by a young health Consumer Host with a strong community network.

The host will invite up to ten community members to a discussion in a location of their choosing.

The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them. After the session, the host provides their participants’ feedback to Health Consumers Queensland for incorporation into a report.

Role of the Host

As the host, your role will be to plan, coordinate and host a once-only 90-minute to 2-hour discussion with community members. This includes:

  • Inviting your participants.
  • Choosing a time, date and venue between the 15th and 26th of August that works for your participants.
  • Host the session.
  • Complete and provide the discussion feedback to Health Consumers Queensland by the 28th of August

To support you with this, you will receive:

  • A project briefing and training on how to host a discussion via a Zoom video conference call. Zoom is free to download.
  • A comprehensive Host Guide and toolkit with all printed documentation.
  • Questions to ask participants during the discussion.
  • Support from Health Consumers Queensland to ensure you have a successful session.

Who are we looking for?

This opportunity would suit people who:

  • Are aged between 16 – 24 years.
  • Have local networks and connections and can bring together people who don’t normally get their voices heard.
  • An interest in the health and wellbeing of their local community.

 What will you get out of it?

Your participation in the Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle:

  • Will make a difference for young people’s healthcare.
  • Get paid to participate and share your lived experience.
  • It looks great on your CV!

Remuneration and Support

Hosts – you will be remunerated at Health Consumers Queensland’s day meeting rate of $459.00 for hosting an in-person session at a venue of your choosing and $230 if hosting an online session. You will also be reimbursed up to $100.00 to cover catering and venue costs for an in-person session (on return of receipts).  

Participants – Health Consumers Queensland will provide a $74 visa card to participants for giving their time and sharing their stories.