Health Consumers Queensland invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers, carers and community members to host a yarning circle to hear from local people who would like to help shape healthcare in the Cairns region.

We are seeking four Yarning Circle hosts for this opportunity who can host their yarning circle between 22 August and 5 September 2022.

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) acknowledges the deep pain and intergenerational impacts that colonisation has on the health and wellbeing of First Peoples. We accept our responsibility and accountability to continue to build and improve upon the system of health care, to ensure that it is free from all forms of racism and consistently delivers meaningful healthcare outcomes for the First Peoples of these lands.

The CHHHS First Peoples Health Equity Strategy 2022-2025 reinforces progress towards the broader Closing the Gap targets agreed in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (2020), which extend across the social, cultural, and economic determinants of health.  Actions taken across these broader targets will have a positive influence on health outcomes.

Have your say

To assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities to have a say in their health service Health Equity Strategy, Health Consumers Queensland has been engaged by Queensland Health’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Division to support Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service with their Health Equity community consultations.

About the Yarning Circles

The Health Equity Strategy Yarning Circles are yarns led by local people for local people. They allow small groups of up to 10 community members to discuss a number of questions provided to them, at a time of day, and in a location, that suits them. The yarning circles enable health consumers, carers and community members who do not ordinarily participate in healthcare consultation to have their say in a safe, informal and supportive circle.

Who are we looking for as hosts?

This opportunity would suit people who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Live in the Cairns and Hinterland HHS region including rural communities
  • Have strong local networks and connections
  • Have an interest in improving healthcare for their people and their community.

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For queries relating to this opportunity, please email Anne Curtis, Engagement Consultant – Specific Projects, Health Consumers Queensland at [email protected]