Applications close at 4pm, Thursday, 21 January 2021

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for eight consumers and/or carers to lead a consultation with their local community through a kitchen table discussion to learn about their knowledge of and/or experience with the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT).

About the project

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by the Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) to undertake consultation with Queenslanders about their knowledge of and experience with the Tribunal.

The primary purpose of the Tribunal is to review the involuntary status of persons with a mental illness and/or intellectual disability. The Tribunal also provides approval for the performance of electroconvulsive therapy and non-ablative neurosurgical procedures. The Tribunal is an independent decision-making body under the Mental Health Act 2016 and is not part of any health service or treating team.

The Tribunal, through a series of Kitchen Table Discussions, is seeking to explore Queenslanders’ understanding of the MHRT and its processes (awareness/ knowledge), and experiences engaging with the Tribunal – pre, during and post hearings. The consultations will inform the development of the Tribunal’s Lived Experience Engagement Framework, Tribunal Member Engagement Guide, and practice improvement projects within the Tribunal.

About Kitchen Table Discussions

Kitchen Table Discussions are consultation sessions led by local people for local people. They allow small groups 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 and supportive environment.

Each Kitchen Table Discussion will be led by a Consumer or Carer Host with a strong community network. The host will invite up to six community members to a discussion in a location of their choosing. If hosting a session online via Zoom or Skype, the host will invite five community members to participate.

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.

Role of the Discussion Host

We would like our hosts to have strong community connections and a lived or living experience of engagement with the Tribunal (as a consumer or carer) within the past 5 years. As the host, your role will be to plan, coordinate and host a once-only 90-minute discussion with community members.

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