An invitation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Greater Ipswich region. Host a Yarning Circle to inform your Hospital and Health Service Health Equity Strategy

Health Consumers Queensland and West Moreton Health, Queensland Health, invites three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health current/past patients, carers and community members to host Yarning Circles to hear from local people to help shape healthcare in the region. This Health Equity Strategy will only succeed if West Moreton Health listen to the local community.

What is the situation in West Moreton Health Region?
It is unacceptable and heartbreaking that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to die on average 12 years earlier than non-Indigenous people.

  • across the Health region we have a large and proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community (approximately 5% of the population) through make up more than 30% of our total health service activity
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in West Moreton Health region are more likely to have more than 2 or more medical conditions; low birthweight babies; poor mental health; diabetes and renal failure and are less likely to be immunised.

West Moreton Health needs to build on the great work being done across its community to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to do so, needs your input.

To do this we are seeking three community members who would like to host a yarning circle with up to 10 people in their local town and region.

What is the Health Equity Strategy?
West Moreton Health has started to develop a historic Strategy to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to:
• be co-designed by the community, health providers, organisations, and other key stakeholders,
• focus on areas where the health system can be redesigned and reshaped,
• Close the Gap of life expectancy by 2031.

What does ‘codesign mean’ and why is it important
The public health system cannot Close the Gap alone, there are many other factors that contribute to poor health such as:
• jobs, education, housing etc.
• general distrust about accessing the health services that often delays a person seeking early treatment.

You can learn more about the Health Equity Strategies on the Queensland Health: Making Tracks Together website First Nations Health Equity | Queensland Health

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 West Moreton Health region including Greater Ipswich area, Springfield, Gatton, Laidley, Esk, Boonah, and the Scenic Rim.
  • Have strong local networks and connections
  • Have an interest in improving healthcare for their people and their community.


Where to find out more or apply

To find out more about what is involved including what support and remuneration hosts and participants receive or to apply using a word document please click this link: < Click here to find out more and apply >

To apply online or via your mobile please click this link: < Click here to apply online >

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