Closing date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Department of Health – Nursing and Midwifery Innovation Fund

The $10 million Nurses and Midwives Innovation Fund has been established to fund projects that improve, scale up/scale across, enhance, develop or implement models of care that are innovative, flexible and which address emergent or unmet health care needs, where nurses and midwives significantly contribute to and lead care outcomes. There is an emphasis on the way in which nursing or midwifery led models can positively address the social determinants of health. The Innovation Fund is set out in clause 44.6 of the Nurses and Midwives (Queensland Health and Department of Education) Certified Agreement (EB10) 2018.

What are the Social Determinants of Health?

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, live and work, and grow. The allocation of money, governance and sources can be ways in which these are shaped. These circumstances then play a part on the impact of health outcomes. For example, if you feel socially isolated, move frequently between rented homes or between family members and you never got to finish high school, you are less likely to experience the same levels of good health as someone not in these circumstances.


The consumer representative (one) will be a key panel member. The panel will assess applications from the Hospital and Health Services on nursing and midwifery innovation projects. It is seen that the innovation projects are to meet the following aims:

  • improve, scale up and/or scale across, enhance, develop and/or implement innovative and flexible models of care that address emergent or unmet health care needs
  • facilitate nursing and midwifery led models, positively addressing the social determinants of health
  • focus on nurses and midwives in advanced practice positions, such as Nurse Navigators, Clinical Nurse/Midwife Consultants and Nurse Practitioners working to address the emergent or unmet health care needs in their areas of practice
  • support nurses and midwives to work at full scope of practice
  • deliver better health outcomes for the local community/cohort of patients identified
  • ensure ongoing sustainability and effectiveness of the innovation project, and
  • develop an evidence base regarding the value of nursing and midwifery practice through evaluation. The evaluation will incorporate the Quadruple Aim; clinical outcomes, patient experience, employee satisfaction and economic data.

Role of the consumer

The application process is open from 7th May – 14th June 2019. On the week of the 17th – 21st June a panel of key stakeholders will review the applications. It is intended that the panel members will do an initial, individual, review of applications between the 17th -19th June with full day of the panel meeting together in Brisbane on either the 20th or 21st June 2019.

The panel will consist of two Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union representatives, three Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services representatives, one Health Service Chief Executive, one Health Service Chief Financial Officer and one consumer representative.

At this time is not seen that the role will be beyond the panel. However, it would be welcomed to have ongoing communication on the outcomes of the projects.

The panel will make a recommendation to the Nursing and Midwifery Implementation Group (NaMIG) for final decision. The NaMIG provides overall governance of all Innovation Fund projects, including review, assessment and the final decision to endorse or decline Innovation Fund project applications.

Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit a consumer/carer who has been impacted negatively by the social determinants of health.

It is important you have an understanding of how the social determinants of health impact on the outcomes of all Queenslanders.

The successful consumer will have a high level of literacy and be comfortable interacting and engaging with hospital and health staff at all levels from staff on the ground to Executive leaders. Past experience sitting on interview or review panels will be highly advantageous.

The successful consumer must be available for a full day on either Thursday the 13th or Friday the 14th of June, and also be available the week of the 17th of June to review applications

Time and location

This will be a one-off engagement activity.

Applications will be reviewed the week of the 17thJune 2019, this can be undertaken from the persons home location. On either the 20th or 21st of June 2019, a full day in Brisbane (venue to be confirmed) will be required for the panel to meet in person.

Remuneration and Support

Consumers will be remunerated in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s guidelines. For metro consumers, parking will be supplied. If the consumer is from outside Brisbane travel and accommodation (if required) will be provided.

How to apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest form and return to Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] For assistance completing this Expression of Interest, please contact [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.