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The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

On Tuesday 25 May 2021, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier and Minister for Trade, introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021.The Bill is part of a long and considered process to weigh up whether Queenslanders who are dying should have a choice over the time and circumstances of their death.

Health Consumers Queensland has made a number of submissions on the Bill following consultation with consumers and carers from across the State to ensure a diverse range of views are captured and heard. On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, HCQ’s CEO, Melissa Fox, gave evidence at the public hearing for the Health and Environment Committee’s inquiry into the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021.

Read HCQ’s latest submission >

enews – July 2019


  • From the CEO
  • Annual Forum 2020
  • Annual Forum photos available now
  • West Moreton Training
  • Introducing our Health Consumer Advisory Group
  • Statewide talks about end-of-life matters and regional palliative care wraps up
  • Youth mental health update
  • DoH training dates


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enews – June 2019

In this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Annual Forum 2019
  • Community-based training
  • PTSS Update
  • What matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life care and dying
  • Expanding Quality and Safety reporting kitchen table discussions update
  • Department of Health training

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enews – may 2019

In this issue:

  • From the CEO
  • An invitation to talk about what matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life and dying
  • Project Update
  • Health Consumers Queensland’s ‘What matters to you’ focus group sessions
  • 2019 Annual Forum
  • Queensland Clinical Senate Forum
  • Department of Health Training Dates

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eNews – March 2019

In this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • 2019 Annual Forum Update
  • Community Assistance Available
  • HCQ showcases consumer engagement at recent CheckUp Forum
  • Aspiring Women’s Leadership Summit
  • Talking about what matters to you in relation to ageing, end-of-life and dying
  • Patient-Centred Care Training for Offender Health Staff
  • Department of Health Training Dates
  • Partnering with Consumers Training – for Private Organisations
  • Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement – Brisbane
  • Health Consumers Queensland Impact Evaluation Project

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eNews – February 2019

In this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • 2019 Annual Forum – we’re going to Cairns!
  • 2019 Annual Forum Registration and Travel Support
  • Become a presenter at this year’s forum
  • HHS Engagement Map
  • Offender Health Services Review
  • Office Launch Party
  • Mental Health Organisation Update
  • Department of Health Training Schedule
  • Date Claimer: Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement
  • Community Training Day

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eNews – December 2018

In this issue:

  • From the CEO
  • From the Chair
  • Consumers lead consultation at the kitchen table
  • Annual Forum…2019!
  • Staff Shout-out
  • Staff and consumer training – Central West
  • Department of Health training dates
  • Construction of a co-designed adolescent mental health centre
  • Youth Peer Work under spotlight
  • Want to help guide our work?
  • Christmas closer
  • Your input into eNews

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eNews – November 2018

In this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Health Consumers Queensland news – Free consumer training opportunity at Logan Central Library
  • Consumer support in the far far north
  • 10th birthday celebrations and launch of new Strategic Direction
  • Staff Shout-out
  • Health Consumers Queensland in Darling Downs
  • West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Staff Forum
  • Queensland Health Consumers Collaborative – seeking new members
  • And we’ve moved
  • Other Health Consumers Queensland news HCQ Dept. of Health training workshops

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10 October 2018 Sorry is a Good First Step

Peak consumer health groups around Australia have welcomed Health Minister Greg Hunt’s apology to women whose lives have been severely impacted by trans vaginal mesh implants.

“We congratulate the Minister for recognising that these women have waited too long for validation from a system that treated them as unreliable witnesses to their own pain and suffering.” “But ‘sorry’ is just a good first step. It doesn’t in itself deliver a happy ending.”

While the government has supported 12 of the 13 recommendations of the Senate’s Inquiry into TVM, half of these are supported in principle rather than in substance. In fact the only tangible initiative is the announcement of a Clinical Quality Register for urogynaelogical procedures and even that commitment is capped at “considering the feasibility” of establishing such a register.

Glaringly absent is any new funding to resource integrated care pathways for affected women.

“We are concerned that State and territory support for mesh affected women has to date been inconsistent and patchy with attempts at meaningful co-design of care pathways happening only in a small number of states.

“These women must be central to the design of appropriately resourced and compassionate, multidisciplinary care that includes access to removal by skilled clinicians, pain management and psychological support. We call upon COAG to direct the states and territories to work together to ensure a nationally consistent service response to women’s healthcare needs.

“While the federal Health Minister has kicked the mesh can down the road to the States he is also calling for system reform through institutional self-regulation. Expecting the various bodies that failed their duty of care to pick up their game without addressing their accountability is a forlorn expectation.”

“Further expecting the TGA to improve its adverse event reporting is at odds with the fact that they have registered 364 events to date compared with the 1,000 women who are parties to class action and the 2,400 women who have reported their experiences directly to consumer health groups. “The Minister needs to act decisively on the question of credentialing surgeons and on mandating informed consent (70% of affected women did not give informed prior consent to their procedure). While we applaud the few substantive initiatives announced in this response, a reliance on nonbinding guidelines and self-regulation by bodies that have failed to self-regulate will not wish the problems of mesh away.

For comment and further information contact:

Melissa Fox (Health Consumers Queensland) 04048 2716 / 07 3012 9090

Danny Vadasz (Health Issues Centre, Victoria) 03 8676 9050

Anthony Brown (Health Consumers New South Wales) 02 9986 1082

Julia Overton (HCA SA) 08 8231 4169 Pip Brennan (Health Consumers WA) 08 9221 3422

Darlene Cox (ACT HCCA) 02 6230 7800

eNews – September 2018

In this issue:

  • From the CEO
  • 2018 Annual Forum: The Evolution of Engagement
  • Inaugural Consumer Awards
  • A consumer’s perspective of the forum
  • Other Health Consumers Queensland news… Hearing the voice of all consumers
  • HCQ Department of Health staff training workshops

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eNews – May 2018

In this issue:

  • Conflict of Interest Workshop
  • Graduate Certificate wrap-up
  • Clinical Excellence Showcase
  • Staff and consumer training
  • Consumer networking sessions
  • 2018 Annual Forum: The Evolution of Engagement
  • Opt-out dates announced for My Health Record
  • ADA Australia launches new toolkit: My Rights Qld
  • LCCH Patient and Family Travel Project

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