Submissions, Letters and Reports

Submissions

As Queensland’s peak health consumer group, Health Consumers Queensland makes submissions providing health consumer and carer perspectives on key health issues and opportunities.

Health and other Legislation Amendment Bill (2021)
Who was it for: Health and Environment Committee, Queensland Parliament
Date: 8 October 2021

Response to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021
Who was it for: Health and Environment Committee, Queensland Parliament
Date: 5 July 2021

Health Consumers Queensland, Palliative Care Queensland, Council on The Ageing Queensland and Carers Queensland joint submission for the 2019 Queensland Government Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life, palliative care and voluntary assisted dying
Who was it for Queensland Parliament Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 15 April 2019

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Bill 2019
Who was it for Queensland Parliament Education, Employment and Small Business Committee
Date 20 March 2019

Inquiry into the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 21 December 2018

Human Rights Bill 2018
Who was it for Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee
Date 26 November 2018

Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 5 September 2018

Submission for proposed reforms for mandatory reporting by treating doctors
Who was it for COAG Health Council
Date 31 August 2018

Submission to Queensland Health Palliative Care Services Review
Who was it for Queensland Health
Date 24 August 2018

Submission to the Inquiry into the establishment of a pharmacy council and transfer of pharmacy ownership in Queensland
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 13 July 2018

Submission on the Review of termination of pregnancy laws
Who was it for Queensland Law Reform Commission
Date January 2018

Submission on the Discussion Paper Expanding healthcare quality and patient safety reporting
Who was it for Queensland Health
Date 27 October 2017

Submission on the Consultation Draft National Framework for Maternity Services
Who was it for Strategy, Policy & Planning Division, Queensland Health
Date 18 April 2017

Submission on the Inquiry into Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis Affordability) Amendment Bill 2017
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 27 April 2017

Health Consumers Queensland submission on the Healthy Futures Commission Queensland Bill 2017
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 27 June 2017

Health Consumers Queensland submission on the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016.
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 6 October 2016

Health Consumers Queensland submission to the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation
Who was it for Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Date 23 September 2016

Health Consumers Queensland submission to the Inquiry into the performance of the Queensland Health Ombudsman’s functions
Who was it for Office of the Health Ombudsman
Date 8 August 2016

Health Consumers Queensland submission to the Inquiry into Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
Who was it for Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee
Date 22 July 2016

Health Consumers Queensland submission to the Inquiry into Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 11 July 2016

Health Consumers Queensland submission to the Inquiry into Abortion Law Reform
Who was it for Health, Communities, Disability Services and Family Violence Prevention Committee
Date 30 June 2016

Health Consumers Queensland response to Queensland Sexual Health Strategy Draft
Who was it for Queensland Health
Date 25 June 2016

Health Consumers Queensland submission to the Inquiry into the Establishment of a Queensland Health Promotion Commission.
Who was it for Health and Ambulance Services Committee
Date 27 November 2015

Health Consumers Queensland submission to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Version 2 Consultation draft
Who was it for Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Date 30 October 2015

Health Consumers Queensland response to Draft Guide to the NSQHS Standards for Community Health Services.
Who was it for Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Date July 2015

 

Letters

Celebrating consumer appointments to roles across the health system between January and March 2023 

Congratulations to all the consumers and carers from HCQ’s network who have been appointed to consumer partnership roles on long-term, system-wide committees, focus groups or working groups as well as other activities with Queensland Health and other health organisations. 

We received over 100 expressions of interest for 19 opportunities. More than 30 consumer and carer representatives have been appointed to roles so far with some selections still to be finalised. We’ve also seen a strong increase in the numbers of consumers applying for roles who bring an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island, disability, culturally and linguistically diverse or rural and remote perspective and voice. Some of the new roles include:

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Wishing Anne Curtis and Reema Naresh well as they move on to pastures new

In February and March, we said farewell to Anne Curtis, Senior Engagement Consultant and lead of our fee-for-service work and Reema Naresh, Engagement Advisor and our Training Lead as they moved on to explore new opportunities.

Anne Curtis
During her time with Health Consumers Queensland, Anne has always been passionate about the voice of ALL consumers being heard and valued at all levels of the health system.

After joining HCQ in 2015, Anne adapted the Kitchen Table Discussion (KTD) methodology for Health Consumers Queensland in 2018 so consumers could lead conversations with consumers. Since that time, she has empowered many who had never had a voice in healthcare before to lead and participate in consultation on important health issues within their own communities in a safe and supportive environment.

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Introducing the new members of the Health Consumers Collaborative of Queensland

In early May the Health Consumers Collaborative of Queensland met together face to face in Brisbane and online to welcome and onboard its new consumer members.

Our new members come from as far north as the tip of Cape York at Seisia and as far west as Roma. Together with our existing members, the Collaborative’s consumers span the generations, include two First Nations representatives, and consumers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as those who have strong knowledge on international health systems, and are involved in their local Hospital and Health Service. This diversity of consumer perspectives will contribute to the strength and quality of their conversations in session.

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HCQ supports consumers and health staff in Mackay, Rockhampton and Cairns

During February and March 2023, Senior Engagement Advisor, Jo Smethurst and Engagement Advisors, Reema Naresh and Chelsea Gourgaud travelled to Mackay, Rockhampton and Cairns to facilitate tailored braining for Hospital and Health Service consumers, Executive and Board which meets their individual partnering needs.

Rockhampton
Chelsea headed to Rockhampton to support staff and consumers and co-facilitate the Consumer and Community Advisory Committee Planning Day with Central Queensland’s Hospital and Health Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Executive Director, Donna Cruickshank and Patient Experience and Consumer Engagement Practice Lead, Stacey Butler. 

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Introducing Cassandra Nest, HCQ’s new First Nations Consultant – Engagement and Partnership

Health Consumers Queensland is delighted to introduce Cassandra Nest, HCQ’s new First Nations Consultant – Engagement and Partnership! 

Cassandra or Cas, is a proud Pajong Fish River woman of the Ngunnawal Language group. Cas is a mother to two and midwife by trade.  Born and raised on Bundjalung and Kombumerri Country of Northern NSW and the Gold Coast. Cassandra comes from a long line of healers, Traditional Birth attendants and nurses.  

Cassandra was the first First Peoples graduate of Griffith University’s Bachelor of Midwifery and is currently studying a Master of Primary Maternity care by dissertation which is due to be completed in 2024. 

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Are you a consumer or carer representative interested in Digital Health in Queensland? 

As digital healthcare is set to transform the way health care is delivered and experienced across Queensland, we invite consumers and carers to upskill and build their knowledge on digital health to maximise their impact in future digital health consumer partnering opportunities.

As a first step, Health Consumers Queensland is reaching out to our Statewide Network of consumers and carers via this short survey to understand:

  • Where digital health consumer partnerships are currently happening across the health system.
  • Who would be interested in future digital health opportunities.

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HCQ’s Annual Forum 2022

“Inspirational, connected group of passionate people making a difference in healthcare makes the HCQ forum excel. It is fabulous to see expansion and growth in consumer engagement and partnership practise across the state. Well done.” (Forum attendee)

It was wonderful to be finally reunited with so many consumers and health staff and to welcome new faces both online and on the Sunshine Coast for our long-awaited Annual Forum on 13-14 October 2022. 

Held across two days, it gave an opportunity for more than 200 people to gather face to face (and more on-line), to share insights and learn from others, with workshops, panel discussions, presentations and an evening networking event.  

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Consumers tour Seqwater Advanced Water Treatment Plant

In late August 2022, consumer representatives and HCQ network members, Anh Tho Tien and Rajini Eschwarachar Shankar joined our new Project Support Coordinator, Declan Winterton at Seqwater’s Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant for a tour of its recycled water facility.

The tour is a follow-up to the work HCQ undertook for Seqwater in 2021 which included Kitchen Table Discussions and a short-term communication co-design consumer reference group. Tho and Rajini were involved in the project and were keen to take the offer of a tour of the Seqwater facilities.

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A framework to help consumers and staff work together in healthcare quality improvement takes another step forward!

At the end of 2021, a small research team including two consumers (Elizabeth Miller and Bernadette Tanner), a PhD candidate, Ruth Cox, and her supervisors, Professor Matthew Molineux and Associate Professor Melissa Kendall from Griffith Uni and QEII Hospital shared their Capability Framework for Successful Partnerships in Healthcare Quality Improvement and promised to update readers on any new developments.

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Community input in a genomic health implementation program: perspectives of a Community Advisory Group

Congratulations to Queensland Genomics Community Advisory Group (CAG) on the publication of their article in Frontiers in Genetics online journal.

The article was co-authored by members of the Queensland Genomics Consumer Advisory group (the organisation Queensland Genomics has now wound down), including Dr Erin Evans, HCQ’s Board Chair and the Chair of Queensland Genomics CAG, and some members of HCQ’s network.

It highlights the work of consumers in partnering, leading and delivering consumer-led research about the mainstreaming of genomics to health systems.

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Reports

Stakeholder Roundtable Establishment of a Health Consumers Committee
Health Consumers Queensland and Queensland Health invited senior health staff, consumers, carers and stakeholders to attend the Stakeholder Roundtable held on 6th October 2015, to inform the establishment of a Health Consumer Committee.
Date 6 October 2015

Every K over is a killer…putting the brakes on obesity
A joint report from the Queensland Clinical Senate and Health Consumers Queensland following a one-day forum on obesity prevention in Queensland. To view the presentations from the forum and the resources developed go to the Queensland Clinical Senate website.
Date 31 July 2015

A charter for care of adult patients at the end of life
A charter developed by the Queensland Clinical Senate and Health Consumers Queensland in collaboration with RACGP Queensland, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Australian Medical Association Queensland, Health Ombudsman, and Private Hospitals’ Association of Queensland.
Date May 2015