Join an independent review panel to establish child mental health and wellbeing hub services in Queensland

Closing date: 9.00am Friday 11 November 2022

The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy and Planning Branch (MHAOD SPB) invites one consumer or carer representative to join a new Independent Review Panel. The panel will provide advice in the EOI process to identify Lead Providers who will establish and operationalise the Head to Health Kids Service in Queensland.

The Head to Health Kids Service in Queensland will be designed and operate as a child mental health and wellbeing service for children aged 0-12 and their families, targeting mild to moderate emerging complexity.

This opportunity would suit a consumer/ carer representative with:

  • extensive level committee experience, or review panels either at the Hospital and Health Service, or Statewide level. For example, your local Hospital and Health Service (HHS), community organisations, Primary Health Networks (PHNs), research organisations or at a Statewide Level such the Department of Health.
  • experience on committees related to child, youth, family health, mental health and wellbeing service development or delivery.
  • experience in health as a consumer (with lived childhood experience), or parent or carer.

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HCQ’s Annual Forum 2022

“Inspirational, connected group of passionate people making a difference in healthcare makes the HCQ forum excel. It is fabulous to see expansion and growth in consumer engagement and partnership practise across the state. Well done.” (Forum attendee)

It was wonderful to be finally reunited with so many consumers and health staff and to welcome new faces both online and on the Sunshine Coast for our long-awaited Annual Forum on 13-14 October 2022. 

Held across two days, it gave an opportunity for more than 200 people to gather face to face (and more on-line), to share insights and learn from others, with workshops, panel discussions, presentations and an evening networking event.  

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Host a kitchen table discussion or yarning circle to inform the new Queensland Women’s Health Strategy

Closing date: 4pm, Friday, 4 November 2022

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for 20 health consumers to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle with their local community connections to inform the new Queensland Women’s Health Strategy.

About the project
The development of a new Queensland women’s health strategy will be led by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services and is a signature action of the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2022-27 (Queensland Women’s Strategy) released in March 2022. As outlined in the Queensland Women’s Strategy, the Queensland Government is committed to advancing the rights and interests of women and girls and to work to achieve gender equality in Queensland. This includes implementing a Queensland women’s health strategy to address health inequity and improved accessibility to healthcare for women and girls. Specifically, the Queensland Women’s Strategy commitment is: Strengthening the health and wellbeing of women and girls, including through a new dedicated Queensland Women’s Health Strategy.

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Host a kitchen table discussion or yarning circle to identify gaps in services and supports for carers

Closing date: 4pm, Friday 21 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for ten (10) carers to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle with other carers and community members to help Carers Queensland and the Queensland Carers Advisory Council understand and identify gaps in services and supports for:
1.    Carers of people who are frail aged
2.    Young carers (under 25 years of age)
3.    Carers of people with disability
4.    Carers of people with mental health conditions
5.    Carers of people with substance abuse issues
6.    Grandparent carers

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Host a kitchen table discussion or yarning circle about allied health in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region

Closing date: 4pm, Friday 21 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for nine consumers and/or carers living in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle with local community members to hear about their experiences of allied health and to learn what can be done to improve allied health services.

This project is part of the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (PHN)’s ‘TALK ABOUT’ which is a way for Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to ask you about your experience with health care in your community.
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Host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle to inform a new Health Reform Strategy for Queensland

Closing date: 12pm, Tuesday 4 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland has been contracted by the Queensland Department of Health to undertake consultation with Queenslanders about their ideas for a future health system that delivers modern, person-centred and equitable care for all. This feedback will inform the development of a new 10-year health reform strategy.

Health Consumers Queensland has an opportunity for 16 consumers to host a Kitchen Table Discussion or Yarning Circle with community members to hear about their priorities and make sure our reform program meets the needs of the community and sets us up to deliver safe, appropriate, timely, and future focused care.

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

  • Inviting your participants
  • Choosing a time, date and venue or online between 8 and 23 October 2022 that works for your participants
  • Host the session
  • Complete and provide the discussion feedback to Health Consumers Queensland by 25 October.

Each host will receive comprehensive training, project briefing, resources and ongoing support from HCQ.

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Join the HCQ Board

Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 16 October 2022

Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) Board is seeking committed individuals with governance and other relevant skills and experience to express interest in joining the current Board Directors.

The Board is looking to appoint four (4) new Board Directors. HCQ is seeking candidates with the time and aptitude to take on the following roles following appointment to the Board – Board Chair; Chair, Finance and Risk Committee and Company Secretary on a pro bono basis.

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Guide the allied health research portfolio

Closing date:  5pm Tuesday 20 September 2022

The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland (AHPOQ) is inviting two consumer representatives to partner with AHPOQ to guide the allied health research portfolio for a two-year term.

AHPOQ plays a key role in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to ensure an appropriately skilled allied health workforce to meet the current and future health service needs of Queensland.  There are over 9000 allied health professional and technical staff working in Queensland, who work alongside doctors and nurses to provide optimum health care.

The purpose of the research portfolio is to provide oversight and support allied health research capability and capacity across Queensland. The consumer representatives will provide advocacy and advice within this portfolio on the key components including:

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Consumers tour Seqwater Advanced Water Treatment Plant

In late August 2022, consumer representatives and HCQ network members, Anh Tho Tien and Rajini Eschwarachar Shankar joined our new Project Support Coordinator, Declan Winterton at Seqwater’s Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant for a tour of its recycled water facility.

The tour is a follow-up to the work HCQ undertook for Seqwater in 2021 which included Kitchen Table Discussions and a short-term communication co-design consumer reference group. Tho and Rajini were involved in the project and were keen to take the offer of a tour of the Seqwater facilities.

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A framework to help consumers and staff work together in healthcare quality improvement takes another step forward!

At the end of 2021, a small research team including two consumers (Elizabeth Miller and Bernadette Tanner), a PhD candidate, Ruth Cox, and her supervisors, Professor Matthew Molineux and Associate Professor Melissa Kendall from Griffith Uni and QEII Hospital shared their Capability Framework for Successful Partnerships in Healthcare Quality Improvement and promised to update readers on any new developments.

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