Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 12 March 2021

Project: Amplifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices

Health Consumers Queensland would like to invite Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health consumer representatives from across Queensland to join a project that amplifies your voices.

By being involved you will get to provide direct feedback about COVID-19 vaccinations roll out in community and the information/communication about this. You will also have a say on broader policy design to inform the development of a best practice model for engaging First Nations health consumers on a state-wide level. There are a range of ways in which you can participate, and you can apply for as many or few as suits you.

The purpose of the project is to:

  • Listen to and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers about the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccinations across the state. Use this information to share with health services to inform and shape the on-going vaccinations roll-out and the communications about this.
  • Strengthen the network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers involved across the state, to share information, learning and experiences. The aim will be to reduce the current barriers to engagement, collaboration and to improve the integration of healthcare and the experiences of receiving care.
  • Create and implement supportive mechanisms so Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers are more involved in Queensland Health decision-making at all levels – local, network and state levels, using the COVID-19 vaccinations rollout campaign as a working example.
  • Grow the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in health care decision making at all levels – local, network and state.

Role of the consumer

Participating consumers will have the option to choose how they would like to contribute to this project. These options include:

  • Join a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers who are invited to take part in all sorts of consultations relating to COVID-19 vaccinations. When you join this group, you will receive different opportunities to be involved in COVID-19 vaccination consultations and discussions (and you choose the ones you would like to participate in). For example chances to:
  • Provide feedback and advice on COVID-19 communications materials within allocated timeframes
  • Give your ideas and to provide feedback on COVID-19 policies, procedures and reports within the allocated timeframes
  • Participate in consultations on specific issues vaccine-related issues from time to time.
  • Host kitchen tables discussions about COVID-19 vaccinations engagement
  • Participate in kitchen table discussions about COVID-19 vaccinations engagement
  • Join a Reference Group for this project that will meet 2-3 times between now and project completion, 30 June 2021.

Find out more and complete an online application form >

Health Staff

Health Consumers Queensland would like to get a Queensland-wide view on how, when and where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers are engaged with health organisations across the state, such as the Department of Health, Hospital and Health Services, and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.

Health Consumers Queensland has received funding from the Department of Health to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Islander health consumers on COVID-19 related issues; and will be focused on engagement that focuses on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccinations. Through this project, we would like to gain a better understanding of how consumers are already engaged across different health sectors and to see where collaboration/coordination is already happening.

This short survey will take between 5-10 mins to complete and we appreciate your assistance. This survey closes 5pm Friday 5 March 2021. Access the survey here.