Closing date: 9am Friday 30 October 2020

Queensland Department of Health
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Rheumatic Heart Disease Action Plan 2018- 2021 (the Action Plan) team based within the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service would like to work with people who have Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), their carers or parents. This is an opportunity to take part in the development of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with Rheumatic Heart Disease across Queensland.


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Rheumatic Heart Disease Action Plan 2018-2021 was launched by the Minister for Health on 5 June 2018 and funded through the Making Tracks Investment Strategy.
The Action Plan sets priorities and actions that Queensland Health and its partners will take to reduce the impact of both acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.

We invite you to apply to join the following opportunities to provide advice on the implementation of the Action Plan: The Community of Interest and formal consumer engagement activities

Role of the consumer

We are looking for consumers and carers across Queensland for:

1. Community of Interest
We would like to ask consumers, carers and parents to join the RHD Community of Interest to be involved in various engagement activities in an informal capacity.

  • We will be asking you how you would like to be involved.
  • These activities could include, participating in surveys, one off focus groups, yarning circles, providing feedback and advice on resources and sharing information.
  • The purpose of this Community of Interest group is to gather the broader community perspective and community views to feed information up to the working groups to provide information and advice on the implementation of the action plan.

2. Formal Consumer Engagement Activities
We invite you to join the following formal engagement activities: (See below Terms of Reference for the Governance Committee and each of the working groups)
1. Governance Committee
2. Education Working Group
3. Social Determinants Working Group
4. Data Working Group

The purpose of these formal group meetings is a way to provide information and feedback to the group, provide direct advice to inform decisions and provide feedback to influence future solutions.
A state-wide governance framework for the Action Plan provides effective oversight and facilitation of the necessary partnerships and key stakeholder collaboration across Hospital and Health Services as well as across other governmental and non-governmental departments throughout Queensland. The Action Plan Governance Committee and working groups have representation from a wide range of internal and external organisations.

Terms of Reference for:

Who is it for?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients or parents with ARF or RHD
  • Consumers with a lived experience of ARF or RHD
  • Caring for someone with ARF or RHD
  • A family member of a person with ARF or RHD

Your role

  • Participate in the regular meetings and share experiences and discuss thoughts and ideas.
  • Participate in activities like reading papers before meetings, giving feedback and providing advice and attending meetings out of session

Time and location

1. Community of Interest Activities
The Community of Interest time and location will differ depending on the engagement activity, what your capacity is and when you are available.

2. Formal Consumer Engagement Activities

  • Governance Committee Meetings: Bi-monthly 1 hour
  • Education Working Group Meetings: Bi-monthly 1 hour
  • Social Determinants Working Group Meetings: Bi-monthly 1.5 hours
  • Data Working Group Meetings: Bi-monthly 1 hour

How to attend

Meetings can be attended in person if you live in the Cairns region, otherwise those who are outside of Cairns can join via video conference, Microsoft Teams. If you are unable to access a computer or video conferencing we will support you in alternative ways.

Remuneration and Support

Consumers will be paid for their time in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s remuneration position statement. Parking and travel expenses will be covered.

How to apply

Please complete this consumer application form and return to [email protected] by 9am Friday 30th October 2020 or for additional information please contact Michelle Rothwell (Key contact for this project) via email: [email protected] or by phone on 0417 118 063.