Consumer speaker, Australasian Delirium Association Conference, 3-4 September 2020

The Australasian Delirium Association (ADA) is seeking up to two (2) consumers and/or carers to present on their experience and perspectives of delirium as an opening keynote speaker for the ADA conference on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September 2020.

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 9 April 2020

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Australasian Delirium Association

The ADA is a health professional organization which aims to advance research and knowledge about delirium to improve clinical practice related to delirium prevention, recognition and management across a range of disciplines and specialties. They aim to provide better understanding of delirium through leadership, education, resources, research and partnerships; please see their website

The DECLARED conference is the major educational event convened by the ADA, and will be held for the first time in Brisbane in 2020; see the conference website at



Delirium (acute confusion) is a common and distressing hospital -associated complication which increases with age, and remains under-recognised. The committee hopes that opening the conference with consumer and carer perspectives will help to raise awareness of the individual and family impact of this serious condition, as well as the disease features and system impact which are more traditionally emphasised in health professional conferences.

Other major conference speakers include visiting clinician and academic experts from USA, UK, Europe and Australia from nursing, medical and science backgrounds.
The organizing committee for the DECLARED2020 conference are based in Brisbane and include medical, nursing and allied health clinicians interested in delirium and delirium research.


Role of the consumer

The consumers and carers will collaborate with Professor Alison Mudge from the ADA DECLARED2020 organising committee to develop a 40-minute presentation describing their personal experience of delirium (in themselves or a family member). The consumers and carers will open the conference with this presentation, after the acknowledgement of country and welcome from the ADA President. They will then be invited to remain for the conference to attend any educational sessions. They will also be invited to provide advice to the organizing committee on how to build consumer participation in future conferences.


Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit consumer or carer representatives with delirium experience and strong experience in public speaking and advocacy. This opening keynote will set the scene for this 300-plus delegate conference of clinicians, hospital managers and researchers interested in this important hospital-associated complication.


EOI: Lived experience representatives for Crisis System Reform Project

Closing date: 9am Monday 2 March 2020

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The Department of Health is seeking a number of consumer and carer representatives, including those with a lived experience of mental distress and suicidality, to participate in a range of opportunities including, governance groups and consultation groups to assist and inform the Crisis System Reform project.

Queensland Department of Health

The Department of Health is committed to engagement and participation of lived experience representatives as part of Government investment in suicide prevention initiatives (see the media statement:

To ensure progression of the next stage of work, the Department of Health in collaboration with Government agencies, Hospital and Health Services and lived experience representatives is establishing governance and undertaking consultation that offer a range of opportunities for involvement.

The Crisis System Reform project will deliver a statewide framework for crisis service delivery; trial two new crisis care options, including Crisis Support Spaces; and expand services such as Beyond Blue’s Way Back Support Service and community mental health support services.

The involvement of people with a lived experience in the health system is outlined and defined in the Lived Experience Engagement and Participation Strategy 2018-2021 (see:

Role of the lived experience representative

The role of the successful applicants for governance groups will be to:
• attend all Implementation Steering Committee or Advisory Group meetings
• actively participate in all activities such as pre-meeting reading, discussions, provision of feedback and advice.

The role of the successful applicants for consultation/co-design workshops will be to:
• attend activities including workshops
• to provide information as a lived experience representative
• provide advice and feedback to inform decisions about the development of Crisis Support Spaces and the broader crisis system reform

The role in consultation and governance groups will be to:
• incorporate the views and opinions of people with a lived experience as part of service review and development, in a collaborative approach with other stakeholders who are representing other various interests.

Who is it for?
This opportunity will suit consumer or carer representatives with:
• committee experience, either at the State-wide level or within a Hospital and Health Services;
• a lived experience of mental distress and suicidality;
• interest and some knowledge of mental health crisis and Queensland’s crisis support services.

Two or more lived experience representatives are sought for each consultation/co-design workshop and for the two governance groups.


Expression of Interest: Have a voice in improving the way people are cared for in a medical emergency

Closing date: close of business on Tuesday, 31 March 2020

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The Emergency Medicine Foundation is inviting a health consumer representative to influence and promote positive patient, family, consumer and community experience and outcomes for emergency care.


The Emergency Medicine Foundation is a small yet dynamic non-profit:

  • funding innovative Australian research to improve patient care in a medical emergency
  • dedicated to translating research outcomes into real and practical benefits, which help save lives in medical emergencies
  • supporting emergency health professionals – doctors, nurses, paramedics, retrieval staff and allied health professionals and work with hospitals, patients, government, NFP organisations and the wider community
  • delivering better and more effective health services through research to improve healthcare, health outcomes, save lives and money.

Role of the consumer

This is an opportunity to:

  • To partner with a unique non-profit organisation to promote positive patient, family, consumer and community experience and outcomes from emergency care, through robust research and making change happen.
  • Lead and engage with their Board and Executive to help shape the future of EMF.
  • Be a guiding voice for an organisation that has limited consumer involvement and take it to a place where the consumer voice is pivotal, underpinning the work they do.
  • As the first consumer representative with EMF, this role will shape the future of consumer partnering and EMF’s future. In many ways the role will be shaped by you, and may include attending meetings, providing advice on documents – such as strategies and research initiatives, and also representing the organisation.

Who is it for?

The ideal candidate:

  • You don’t need to be research savvy, but you must be an experienced consumer representative.
  • You will be confident working and communicating with healthcare professionals, board and executive members.
  • You enjoy being part of a small, values driven, dynamic team.
  • You will have the ability to think strategically and clearly articulate your feedback in person, by phone or online meetings.
  • Strong consumer voice with a flexible approach that will help EMF shape its future.
  • Consumers located in rural, regional and remote communities are very welcome and highly encouraged to apply (access to meetings will be supported by online video conferencing).


EOI Carer Representative for Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre Steering Committee

Expression of Interest for  

Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre Steering Committee: Carer Representative 

Carers with experience or interest in child and youth mental health are invited to submit expressions of interest for a representative position on the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre Steering Committee. 

About the Project

The Department of Health is committed to ongoing engagement and participation of health consumers following the Government’s response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry report 

As part of the 2017-18 State Budget, the Government committed to deliver a new Statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre (AETC) on The Prince Charles Hospital Campus, to be owned and operated by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ). 

CHQ, in collaboration with the Department of Health, other key Government agencies, and health consumers, has established an AETC Steering Committee to ensure effective governance of the AETC commissioning process.  A carer position on the committee has recently become vacant.  

Committee Membership

The Committee is to ensure advice and direction is provided to support timely and successful delivery of the AETC, and the necessary systems and processes to deliver a quality, safe, and inclusive mental health service.  The Committee is chaired by Frank Tracey, Chief Executive, Children’s Health Queensland, and meetings are held on a monthly basis. 

There are currently two consumer and two carer representative positions on this committee. This EOI is for a vacant carer representative position. 

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Role of the consumer

Health Consumers Queensland is working closely with Queensland Health, the Barrett community of former patients, family, friends, young mental health consumers, and carers in Queensland to make sure consumer and community needs are considered during the establishment of the new AETC.  

In addition to sharing experiences from a carer or family member perspective, carer representatives will:  

  • Provide information and feedback to the group 
  • Provide direct advice to inform developing solutions/decision making 
  • Provide feedback to be considered and influence future solutions or decision making

Who is it for?

Carers with experience or interest in child and youth mental health