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The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

On Tuesday 25 May 2021, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier and Minister for Trade, introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021.The Bill is part of a long and considered process to weigh up whether Queenslanders who are dying should have a choice over the time and circumstances of their death. Health Consumers Queensland has made a number of submissions on the Bill following consultation with consumers and carers from across the State to ensure a diverse range of views are captured...

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Celebrating the power of consumer engagement

"You gave us young people a voice and made a commitment to amplify and sustain it. As young people, we’re endeavouring to help support and improve our healthcare community. Many of us in that room have an unspoken bond and common experience, it’s that passion that motivates us to stay involved and help create something better." Welcome to HCQ's Winter eNews. Read more >

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High benefit care at end of life

131 consumers and carers from 13 different towns and cities across Queensland have recently participated in 19 Kitchen Table Discussions to talk about what high benefit care at end of life means to them. Health Consumers Queensland was contracted by Clinical Excellence Queensland (CEQ) to undertake statewide consultation with Queenslanders about their experience with care at end of life.Sometimes, the treatment and care provided to those who have been diagnosed with a life limiting condition...

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HCQ TV re-energises consumers, carers and health staff

HCQ TV re-energises consumers, carers and health staff to take the next steps to sharing decision-making power  Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our inaugural webcast series: Sharing Power: Co-design with consumers for impact and equity during 25 May – 3 June. Our Annual Forums are renowned for bringing together expertise across consumer partnerships. Whilst we could not meet face-to-face this year, we were delighted to still be able to bring you together with 18 inspiring consumer and...

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Noel Muller

Many of you knew Noel as a fellow member of HCQ’s consumer network and we are sad to share the news that he passed away on 20 April 2021. Noel was an active, dedicated and inclusive health consumer representative who made a valuable contribution to improving our public health care system whilst championing other health consumers and ensuring that their voices were heard – right up until a few days before his death. He was the first consumer representative appointed at the Royal Brisbane and...

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Supporting consumers to make better informed decisions about their health care

Making decisions about health care is a daunting prospect for many. But this is set to become easier now that Queensland Health has adopted a set of communications principles which will underpin a new approach to support value based health care and consumer decision-making. These principles are the key outcome of the Helping Consumers with Decisions project which Health Consumers Queensland undertook for the Strategic Communications Branch earlier this year. In 2021, Queensland Health’s...

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New Inform my Care website enables consumers to compare health services in a Queensland first

Health Consumers Queensland is delighted to announce the launch of the Inform My Care website We are proud that this shift towards greater transparency has happened in Queensland, with Queenslanders, for Queenslanders. Queenslanders are the first and only people in Australia who can now compare services available at both public and private health facilities and residential aged care facilities (including maternity models of care) in one place. We can compare staffing ratios, hospital acquired...

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Young consumers present to Queensland Health’s Senior Leadership Forum

HCQ’s Youth Reference Group (YRG) have set a new bar for engagement after their presentation to Queensland Health’s Senior Leadership Forum (SLF) which is chaired by Dr John Wakefield, Director General, received broad support from Chief Executives and Deputy Director-Generals right across the system. Anja, one of the YRG members explains: “Breanna, Lachlan and I had the honour of presenting to the Queensland Health Senior Leadership Forum on 13th July to encourage investment and commitment...

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Here’s to Leonie – our youth engagement superstar!

Three cheers for our Engagement Adviser, Leonie Sanderson, whose time with HCQ came to an end in June.   Leonie joined us in 2016 for a five year journey as the dedicated bridge and builder of trust between families and the government to support the implementation of the recommendations from the Barrett Centre Inquiry. With over 20 years of experience working in the consumer, engagement and community space, a background in youth engagement, and a compassionate and person-centred approach, she...

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Hearing prisoners’ perspectives on their health care

In 2018, Health Consumers Queensland was engaged by Queensland Health to provide a consumer perspective on the provision of health services in prisons. In 2021, the Queensland Health Office for Prisoner Health and Wellbeing engaged HCQ again to revisit the same seven correctional centres to hear from prisoners in secure, mainstream and protection to learn what has changed and what needs to be improved in relation to their health care. Anne Curtis, HCQ’s Engagement Consultant – Specific...

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