Closing date: 4pm, Thursday 28 January 2021

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for 12 consumers or carers to lead consultation with community members who have had or are receiving public hospital rehabilitation care since COVID-19 restrictions commenced in March. This includes people whose rehabilitation was impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The consumers will host a kitchen table discussion to hear from other community members about their experiences or concerns of public adult and paediatric rehabilitation during this time.

About the project

The initial preparation for and subsequent response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in major changes and challenges across health services and systems.  Some of these impacted rehabilitation services dramatically, including “non-essential” services being reduced, shifted, or modified, to increase hospital capacity. Many changes also impacted directly on rehabilitation service provision and the workforce, as well as patient/consumer care and family engagement.

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by the Allied Health Professions Office of Queensland to undertake this project.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for hosts and participants who are:

  • People who have /or are currently undergoing rehabilitation through the public system during the COVID period – either in the hospital or in the community – adult and paediatric rehabilitation
  • The families of those who have /or are currently undergoing rehabilitation through the public system during the COVID period
  • People who would normally access rehabilitation services intermittently either through day hospital or community services during the COVID period, and
  • People impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in gaining access to public rehabilitation services

About Kitchen Table Discussions

Kitchen Table Discussions are consultation sessions led by local people for local people. They allow small groups to participate in discussions at a time of day, and in a place, that suits them. The discussions enable health consumers, carers and community members who do not ordinarily participate in healthcare consultation to have their say in a safe and supportive environment.

Each Kitchen Table Discussion will be led by a Consumer Host with a strong community network. The host will invite up to six community members to a discussion in a location of their choosing. If hosting a session online via Zoom or Skype, the host will invite five community members to participate.

The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them. After the session, the host provides their participants feedback to Health Consumers Queensland.

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