Closing date: 9am, Monday 10 January 2021

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Unit, within the Department of Health, offers one health consumer / carer representative the unique opportunity to participate on the voluntary assisted dying Information and Communications Technology (ICT) User Reference Group workshops to ensure the ICT solution for the voluntary assisted dying scheme is effective and to support process flows and user experience.

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 (the Act) was passed on 16 September 2021. The Act will allow for voluntary assisted dying to be available from 1 January 2023, providing choice and compassion for those at the end of their life.

Background on the ICT Solution

  • The Act requires registered health practitioners involved in the voluntary assisted dying process to submit approved forms to the Review Board at various stages throughout the process. This will ensure appropriate record keeping, enable the Review Board to undertake monitoring and compliance with the scheme and inform annual reporting.
  • An ICT solution is being developed to assist practitioners in meeting these statutory obligations.
  • An ICT Subcommittee has been established under the authority of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce to support this workstream.

User Reference Group workshops

  • A User Reference Group is being formed to support the ICT Subcommittee by facilitating workshops with registered health practitioners and a consumer to seek feedback on process flows and user experience.
  • This will ensure the ICT Solution is effective from the perspective of users of the system, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
  • It is also an opportunity for consumer representatives to give feedback from the perspective of consumers seeking access to voluntary assisted dying .
  • The User Reference Group will make recommendations to the ICT Subcommittee, with endorsement of decisions to be made by the ICT Subcommittee and the final Approval by the Project Executive.

Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit a consumer / carer representative:

  • With some committee experience, either at the Hospital and Health Service or Statewide level
  • Experience hosting or participating in Kitchen Table Discussions in relation to end of life care or palliative care
  • Have a particular interest in voluntary assisted dying, end of life and palliative care
  • Have a particular interest in ICT relating to healthcare

The successful consumer will not need prior skills or knowledge in ICT however, it is also recommended that  the consumer will have an interest or knowledge in the following:

  • Queensland Health healthcare systems
  • Information management
  • Protection of personal clinical information

It is anticipated that members of the User Reference Group have a passion and commitment to the successful implementation of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland.

Find out more and apply here >