Consumer Opportunities

The role of a consumer representative can be a very rewarding experience, knowing that you are helping to affect positive change in Queensland’s health system and improving the healthcare experience for other consumers.

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Host a Kitchen Table Discussion: Let’s ‘TALK ABOUT’ Care closer to Home for people living in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region

Closing date:  4pm, Thursday 4th November

Health Consumers Queensland is offering 14 consumers and carers the opportunity to host a kitchen table discussion or yarning circle with their community connections to learn how they would like to access care when and where they need it closer to home.

Each Kitchen Table Discussion will be led by a Consumer or Carer Host with a strong community network. The host will invite up to ten community members to a discussion in a location of their choosing. If hosting a session online via Zoom or Skype, the host will invite up to six community members to participate. <Click here for more information about Kitchen Table Discussions>

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Help deliver a digital model of mental health service for young people in Queensland

Closing date: 8am, Monday 1 November 2021

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB) of Queensland Health and the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation (QCHF) invites two consumer and carer representatives to join an Oversight Committee, established to guide implementation of a two-year pilot project to deliver a digital model of mental health service for young people in Queensland – led by Orygen Digital (OD) .

This digital online model of mental health service delivery is designed to be offered as adjunct to face-to-face clinical care with existing mental health alcohol and other drugs services to enhance care for young people. It is designed to increase mental health literacy, motivate, and empower young people to pursue and access more relevant and timely services via virtual resources and interventions and enhance capacity to outreach disengaged, regional and remote young people.

The MHAODB and QCHF welcome applications from:

  • Young health consumers between the ages of 16-25 years with a lived experience of mental health alcohol and other drugs and have accessed mental health services in Queensland and possibly digital/online support services
  • Carers who are caring for someone with a lived experienced of accessing Queensland Health’s mental health services
  • Consumers or carers who identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

The Pilot Project Oversight Committee will be responsible for overseeing the governance, including providing strategic advice, direction, and guidance to ensure the pilot project is delivered in accordance with funding requirements. A detail project governance framework will be made available to the successful applicants for further information.

Who is Orygen Digital
Orygen Digital (OD) is a division of Australia’s Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and will deliver an adapted version of their digital online model – the Moderated Online Social Therapy Model for Queensland.

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Host a Kitchen Table Discussion to support the development of a Palliative and End-of-Life Care strategy for Queensland

Closing date extended:  4pm, Monday 25th October 2021

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for 17 consumers and/or carers to host a discussion with community members to seek input to help inform a new Palliative and End-of-Life Care Strategy for Queensland. The Strategy will guide the Queensland Government’s new investment of $171 million to improve accessibility and equity of access to ensure all Queenslanders can access high-quality palliative care.

Each Kitchen Table Discussion will be led by a Consumer or Carer Host with a strong community network. The host will invite up to eight community members to a discussion in a location of their choosing. If hosting a session online via Zoom or Skype, the host will invite up to six community members to participate. <Click here for more information about Kitchen Table Discussions>

The consultation process to develop the Strategy is building on previous information and feedback the Department has heard through consultation with the community. This consultation process seeks consumers’ perspectives on draft principles and goals for the Strategy, as well as potential actions to be considered that would improve palliative and end-of-life care services for consumers, to ensure new directions enable person-centred palliative and end of life care across the State.

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Multilingual Consumers: Proofread Translated Informed Consent Forms

Closing date: 9am, Thursday 21 October 2021 

Queensland Department of Health: Informed Consent

Clinical Excellence Queensland’s Informed Consent Program is seeking eleven (11) consumers from linguistically diverse backgrounds to proofread forms that have been translated into 11 languages.  Nine informed consent forms need proofreading to make sure the documents have been translated accurately and are easy to understand.

The successful consumers will receive draft translated consent forms and patient information sheets, and the original English version to compare with. They will read these and identify:

  • if difficult words/concepts are explained clearly
  • if the text has been written in a way that most adults could understand
  • if the text has been translated correctly

Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit consumers who have a linguistically diverse background and are native speakers and writers of one or more of the following 11 languages:

  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Tagalog (Filipino)
  • Japanese
  • Samoan

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Expressions of Interest for HCQ Board

The Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) Board is seeking committed individuals with governance and other relevant skills and experience to express interest in joining the current Board Directors to lead the future strategic direction of HCQ during our next stage of development. HCQ is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. We encourage people with diverse experience and backgrounds to register their interest as a potential candidate.

As part of this Board recruitment, HCQ is also seeking a new Director to take over registration as HCQ’s Company Secretary under the Corporations Act 2001, on a pro bono basis.  The additional responsibilities associated with that role are listed at the end of the Expression of Interest document.

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