Applications close at 9am, Monday 17 August 2020
We want to hear your voice!
Health Consumers Queensland is leading a project to improve the engagement of young health consumers in Queensland. We are establishing a Youth Reference Group for the project to enable and ensure the voices of young health consumers are heard.
Many young people use Queensland Health services which are designed for older adults including emergency services, mental health services, acute and chronic support services. You have valuable experience and feedback to give that is important to policy makers, clinicians and others in the health system.
We also want to better understand any key changes you may have experienced with health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Make a difference to young people’s healthcare
Would you like to help build an effective, exciting and diverse youth health consumer network?
Could you help guide the Young Health Consumers Engagement project and ensure that what we develop together works for all young people and your different needs?
Would you like to make it possible for young people to be able to regularly share ideas and views on health services with Queensland Health and help develop the services you need together?
This opportunity will give you some key skills and experience which will look awesome on your CV. You’ll need to be able to give seven hours a month for the next five months and you will receive payment in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s remuneration position statement.
About the Young Health Consumers Engagement Project
Health Consumers Queensland (the peak organisation representing the interests of health consumers and carers in the state) are leading a project to improve the engagement of young health consumers in Queensland. We are establishing a Youth Reference Group for the project to enable and ensure the voices of young health consumers (such as yourself) are heard.
Younger health consumers (aged 16-25 years) are under-represented in decision-making processes in health services across Queensland. This lack of engagement with young people has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic where access to health services has changed considerably. Many young people continue to access Queensland Health services designed for older adults including emergency services, mental health services, acute and chronic support services. These young people. like you, have valuable experience, and feedback to give that is important to policy makers, clinicians and others in the health system.
We want to hear the voices of young people, including your voice! We also want to better understand any key changes you may have experienced with health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What will the Youth Reference Group do?
The Youth Reference Group will ensure that the voices and experiences of young consumers are heard and will help to:
- Guide the Young Health Consumers Engagement project and ensure any strategies are suitable for young people and their diverse needs
- Inform and shape public health services and programs
- Inform the COVID-19 ongoing response of Queensland Health
- Guide the development of a youth engagement strategy to help increase the engagement of young people across health services in Queensland.
- Help build an effective, vibrant and diverse youth health consumer network
What will I get out of it?
Your participation in this reference group provides an opportunity to:
- better understand the Queensland healthcare system
- be part of a network of young people interested in healthcare
- make a difference for young people’s healthcare
- be a key part of working with Health Consumers Queensland to advocate for better health engagement for young people and
- it looks awesome on your CV!
What’s the time commitment?
The estimated time commitment is expected to be about 7 hours a month for the next 5 months. You will attend regular meetings and actively participate in all activities such as pre-meeting reading, discussions, engaging young people and providing feedback and advice. Meetings will take place regularly via videoconference. Out of session meetings may take place in the form of emails or an online platform, yet to be determined.
Who should apply?
This opportunity would suit a young health consumer or carer:
- Between the ages of 16 – 25 years
- With some understanding of the Queensland health system
- With lived experience or living experience of using health services in Queensland
You may also have:
- Some experience of committee work or involved in other activities for e.g. focus groups, providing feedback, completing surveys
- Links to community or connections to a broader community perspective e.g. Culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTQI+, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
Remuneration and Support
You will be remunerated for their time in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s remuneration position statement. Parking, travel expenses, pre-reading and travel time will be covered.
Consumers will be provided with admin support, tech support, and before, after and throughout the project.