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At Health Consumers Queensland we have never seen the health system work this hard and this collaboratively to care for its consumers.

The challenges for Health Consumers Queensland and Queensland Health mean we need to work closely together to ensure consumers are brought in at the right time to influence plans, and public-facing communications and directives.

Here we update you on the latest work with consumers and staff and share how consumer input is impacting how Queensland Health supports and informs Queenslanders around COVID-19.

Queensland Health Resources

With our borders re-opening, COVID-19 will begin to circulate in Queensland, despite our high vaccination rates. Now is the time to Get COVID-Ready.

Queensland Health has produced a range of resources to help consumers prepare for the expected increase in COVID cases. Topics include preparing your family, what happens if you test positive and where to get help. There are sections with specific information for people living in regional areas, First Nations communities, residents of Aged Care facilities and more.

Visit the Queensland Health Get COVID ready page >

Latest updates

How are you going living with COVID – Tell us what is happening?

Health Consumes Queensland wants to know how you are going living with COVID. If you have stories or information you wish to share, please use this form.  We have created it so that you can share things with us at a time that is convenient for you.

Information you share with us will be gathered anonymously and shared with relevant Queensland Health leads and others in the health system to inform them of the barriers consumers face and the support they need.

Complete this online form and we will check it regularly.

<Click here to go to the online form>

Urgent Consumer Issues

Queensland’s border opening just prior to Christmas, coupled with the dramatic rise in cases from the highly infectious Omicron variant and recent adoption of national policy shifts has meant Queensland’s pandemic preparedness has been deeply tested.

An exhausted health workforce and Queenslanders have faced the challenges of the last three weeks with agility, resilience and commitment.

During this time Health Consumers Queensland, consumer and community organisations have been escalating issues, sharing resources, and supporting care providers and consumers.

This Hot Issues Brief paper is a summary of issues of importance to consumers in this response that need to be urgently resolved.

Read the Hot Issues Brief paper >

Do Queenslanders Feel COVID-ready?

With our state border due to open on 17 December, Health Consumers Queensland hosted 3 webcasts. Our aim was to increase the COVID-readiness of Queensland health consumers and carers. We did this by providing a forum for information-sharing by clinical experts and leaders from Queensland Health What we heard was that Queenslanders feel uncertainty and want to:

  • Hear from their local health services
  • Know what plans are in place
  • Know how to escalate issues
  • Know how to be prepared

See the webcast series here >

Download the summary paper >

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