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).

Time and location

  • An initial commitment of approximately one day per month in the first year, to be reviewed and possibly expanded.
  • Much of this work will be via phone conversation and email and may be done from home or a distance.
  • We particularly encourage applications from rural and remote areas.
  • Board and Committee Meetings are generally held at our Brisbane (Milton) office, but we have a strong state-wide and national footprint so online video conferencing and telephone conference are always an option.

Remuneration and Support

What we offer

  • Access to online video conferencing system to accommodate regular discussion and facilitate meetings across geographical locations and to meet other needs.
  • Consumers will be remunerated for their time in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s remuneration position statement.
  • Parking and travel expenses will be covered. This may include airfares and hotel accommodation in accordance with our travel policies.
  • Support is available (e.g. admin support, support for people with disability, support for a carer, interpreter, induction, regular check-in before and after meetings).

How to apply

Please complete this consumer application form and return to [email protected] by close of business on Tuesday, 31 March 2020.
For assistance please contact Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.

Any questions about the role or EMF, please contact
Ms Kellie Furey, Communications Manager
Phone number: 07 3720 5700
Email: [email protected]