Host a Kitchen Table Discussion with your local community members on what’s important to you in relation to primary health care.

Closing date: 7th February 2020

Please complete this application form and return it to [email protected] by 4.00pm on 7 February 2020.

About the project

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF), in collaboration with Health Consumers Queensland, is offering consumers and carers from across Australia the opportunity to facilitate a consultation with their local community on primary health care, and how we can deliver health care in the community that is accessible, convenient and keeps people well.

Primary health care is usually the first contact a person has with the health system and relates to health care received outside of a hospital setting. Primary care providers include your local general practitioner (GP), community nurses, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, pharmacists, dentists and Aboriginal health workers.

CHF is contributing to the development of the Australian Government’s Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan, and we want to ensure consumer views are central to that Plan. We are undertaking a series of 12 Kitchen Table Discussions across the country to hear from consumers about what matters to them when it comes to primary health care.


About Kitchen Table Discussions

Kitchen Table Discussions are community engagement sessions led by local people for local people. They allow individuals and 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 and will invite up to 10 community members to a discussion in a location of their choosing. The Host guides the discussion with a set of questions provided to them and reports back the outcomes to Health Consumers Queensland. Health Consumers Queensland will compile the responses into a set of consumer insights to help inform CHF’s input into the Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan.


Who are we looking for as consumer or carer hosts?

We are looking for 12 people to host the Kitchen Table Discussions from across all states and territories. We would like our hosts to have personal experience with or an interest in primary health care. We are also interested in representing the views of a range of consumers who may not typically have a say in healthcare. To achieve this, we are particularly looking for hosts who are consumers and/or carers and can demonstrate they have strong links with their communities.

Role of the Discussion Host

As the host, your role will be to plan, coordinate and facilitate a once-only 90 minute discussion with community members. This includes:

  • Inviting up to 10 participants who would be interested in being part of the discussion on this important subject. They will be your local community connections (ideally, people who do not normally have their voice heard in healthcare).
  • Choosing a venue, time and date between 2 and 22 March 2020 that works for your participants.
  • Host the session.
  • Complete and provide the provided feedback report to Health Consumers Queensland by 25 March 2020

To support you with this, you will receive:

  • Training via a Zoom video conference call on either 24 or 27 February 2020 based on your availability. Zoom is free to download.
  • A comprehensive Host Guide.
  • Questions to ask participants during the discussion, an agenda and feedback report template.
  • Support from Health Consumers Queensland to ensure you have a successful session.

Reimbursement and support

Hosts – you will be remunerated at Health Consumers Queensland’s full day meeting rate of $374. You will also be reimbursed up to $100 to cover catering and venue costs for your session (on return of receipts).

Participants – Health Consumers Queensland will provide a $60 gift voucher for each Kitchen Table Discussion participant for their time.

How to apply

Please complete this application form and return it to [email protected] by 4.00pm on
7 February 2020.