Closing date: 4pm, 16 December 2020

Health Consumers Queensland is offering three consumers who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, the opportunity to lead consultation with your local community on their knowledge, experience and understanding of unplanned pregnancy.

About the project

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by Children by Choice to facilitate three community discussions across December and January to hear about your knowledge, experience, and understanding of unexpected or unplanned pregnancy.

Children by Choice is a non-profit organisation funded by the Queensland Department of Child Safety Youth and Women to provide information, counselling, and referrals to anyone experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in Queensland. They provide non-judgmental, all options decision-making counselling discussing parenting, alternative care arrangements, adoption, and abortion, as well as information and referrals for Queenslanders through their free state-wide phone line, via videoconference, and in person at their Brisbane office.

Children by Choice acknowledge and honour the traditional owners of country throughout Queensland and their continued connection to land and community.

Children by Choice is commencing their Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan in 2020.  This series of Kitchen Table Discussions will allow Children by Choice to centre the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Queensland, and their knowledge, experience, and choices around unplanned pregnancy and abortion.

Children by Choice is committed to listening, learning, and improving the ways they support the needs of First Nations people who contact their service. 

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 session will be led by a First Nations host with a strong community network. The host will invite up to six community members to yarn in a location of their choosing. If hosting a yarning circle 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 yarning circle, the host provides their participants feedback to Health Consumers Queensland.

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