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 Gold Coast region.

We are seeking four Yarning Circle hosts for this opportunity to contribute to the various community engagement activities happening to inform this work between 1 August – 12 August 2022.

The voices, leadership and lived experiences of First Nations peoples are driving the Health Equity agenda.

Gold Coast Health are committed to a new way of working together with our local First Nations community, delivering real outcomes and lasting change through a genuine partnership approach of co-design, co-ownership and co-implementation – and invite you to share your thoughts and opinions to achieve change.

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 Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service  (HHS) with their Health Equity community consultations.

Gold Coast HHS want to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure the health services they provide address the barriers people may have in accessing health care.

What are Health Equity Strategy Yarning Circles?

They 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 Consumer or Carer Hosts?

This opportunity would suit people who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Live in the Gold Coast region
  • Have strong local networks and connections particularly with youth, people living with a disability, people living with a chronic condition
  • Anyone can apply who has an interest in improving healthcare for your people and your 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]