Closing date: 5pm, Mon 3 August 2020

The Better Health North Queensland Alliance would like to invite health consumer representatives from North Queensland to join Project Steering Groups to inform and shape decisions that will improve the patient journey and equity of access to services across North Queensland. This will support their vision of Northern Queenslanders being as healthy as all Queenslanders.

Better Health North Queensland is a collaboration between the five North Queensland Hospital and Health Services; North West HHS, Torres and Cape HHS, Cairns and Hinterland HHS, Townsville HHS, Mackay HHS and other key partners working to improve the health of Northern Queenslanders.



The Better Health NQ Project Steering Groups are being established to focus on the following specific areas:

  • NQ Kidney Transplant Project Steering Group: Develop a North Queensland service model to support a proposal for a second Queensland Kidney transplant site to be located in North Queensland.
  • NQ Networked Surgical Services Project Steering Group: Develop a North Queensland service model reflecting the patient journey in the specialty areas of Ear, Nose and Throat and Ophthalmology.
  • NQ Healthcare in the Home Project Steering Group: Developing a North Queensland service model for healthcare in the home, supported by virtual health care in order to help those with chronic conditions to manage their healthcare and reduce the need for hospital admissions.


The terms of reference for three Project Steering Groups are currently being developed.

Members include:

  • Health Service Chief Executives
  • Senior Managers within Hospital and Health Services and Northern Queensland Primary Health Network
  • Senior Executives, Queensland Health
  • Hospital and Health Service Clinical representation
  • Two consumer representatives


Role of the consumer

The role of the successful consumers will be to attend Project Steering Group meetings (meetings are held virtually) and to represent the consumer voice through active participation in all meeting related activities such as pre-meeting reading, discussions, provision of feedback and advice.


Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit a consumer or carer representative who:

  • Has at least 6 months’ committee experience, either at the Hospital and Health Service, or Statewide level.
  • Are living in North Queensland: Mackay, Cairns, Torres and Cape, North West or Townsville
  • Has an interest or a lived experience or caring for someone with a related condition (Kidney health, Surgical Services and Hospital in the Home or virtual care)
  • Has an interest in rural and remote health.

We welcome people living in rural and remote areas and Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander consumer representatives to apply.

Time and location

Meetings will take place monthly for 1-1 ½ hours via videoconference and are scheduled until December 2020, the need for ongoing meetings will then be reviewed.

Project Steering Group August










NQ Kidney Transplant Tues, 25th


Tues, 29th


Mon, 26th


Mon, 30th


NQ Networked Surgical Services Mon, 17th


Weds, 16th


Mon, 19th


Weds, 25th


Tues, 22nd


NQ Healthcare in the Home Fri, 14th


Fri, 11th


Fri, 9th


Fri, 13th


Fri, 11th




Remuneration and Support

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

Support and information will be provided by the secretariat of the committee.


How to apply

Please complete this consumer application form and return to [email protected] by Monday 3 August 2020.

For assistance please contact Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.