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Consumer Representative Opportunities

We are always looking for new consumer representatives. If you are interested in advocating for a better health system for all, please consider joining HCCA. Please note all HCCA consumer representatives must be members of our organisation and complete consumer representative training.

If you already know the details of the committee you want to nominate for, you can skip to forms.


ACT Committees

 

Canberra Health Services (CHS) Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Response Committee

Closing Date Friday 19 August 2022

The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Response Committee is seeking a consumer representative to join their committee.

The Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Response Committee reports to the Our Care Committee and provide oversight as well as regular reports on the implementation and review of policies, guidelines, initiatives, quality improvement activities. The committee will provide strategic oversight of activities to improve infection prevention and control processes to prevent infections, including the spread of antimicrobial resistance through the appropriate prescribing and use of antimicrobials.

The committee meets every 4 weeks on a Thursday with the next meeting to be held on Thursday 11th August 2022 from 2:00PM – 3:30PM via Webex or in-person (location to be confirmed).

Download the Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Response Committee Terms of Reference.

You can nominate for this opportunity using the online form, or by calling the HCCA office on 6280 7800.

Please note that you will need to have completed consumer representative training to be endorsed by HCCA to this committee.

Read more about becoming a consumer representative on our website.


Calvary Public Hospital Bruce (CPHB) – Healthcare-Associated Infections and Staff Health Committee

Closing Date Wednesday 31 August 2022

The Calvary Public Hospital Bruce’s Healthcare-Associated Infection and Staff Health Committee is seeking a consumer representative to join the committee. The work of the Healthcare-Associated Infections and Staff Health Committee relates to the Australian health care standard Preventing and Controlling Infections.

The purpose of the Healthcare-Associated Infection & Staff Health Committee is:

  • To provide leadership for the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard (NQHSS) – Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Control Standard, in terms of the oversight and monitoring of quality improvement of service in association with this Standard
  • To provide assurance to the leadership of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce that the Clinical Governance requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, the Calvary Clinical Governance Framework and the Calvary Consumer Engagement Framework are being met
  • To be responsible for delivering the achievement of accreditation against all criteria of the above mentioned NQHSS.

The consumer representative will provide a consumer perspective on the general business of the committee, including on specific issues, reviewing documents, and making suggestions on how health services can operate with a consumer focus.

The committee meets every two months, with the next meeting to be held on Friday, 26 August 2022 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, online via Webex.

Download the Healthcare-Associated Infection and Staff Health Committee Terms of Reference.
Please note that you will need to have completed consumer representative training to be endorsed by HCCA to this committee.

For more information about consumer representative training, please visit How to Become a Consumer Representative on our website.


Canberra Health Services (CHS) – Education and Training Committee 

Closing Date Wednesday 31 August 2022

The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Education and Training Committee is seeking a consumer representative to join the committee.

The purpose of the Education and Training Committee is to provide advice and decisions relating to education and training in Canberra Health Services (CHS). The Education Committee will also make suggestions to the Our People Committee that affect all CHS staff, including providing advice, decisions, and governance on education and training across CHS through policy and procedures; deciding on new education requests; and identifying opportunities to increase collaborative, interprofessional education between CHS teams.

The consumer representative will bring their content knowledge and expertise to the discussions of the Committee as well as read committee papers in advance of meetings while continually seeking perspectives from their peers and teams to inform Committee discussions and decisions.

The committee meets on a Monday afternoon every second month, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday, 29 August from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Microsoft Teams.

Download the Education & Training Committee Terms of Reference.

You can nominate for this opportunity using the online form, or by calling the HCCA office on 6280 7800.

Please note that you will need to have completed consumer representative training to be endorsed by HCCA to this committee.

For more information about consumer representative training, please visit How to Become a Consumer Representative on our website.


Canberra Health Services (CHS) – Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration Standard Committee

Closing Date Wednesday 31 August 2022

The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration Standard Committee is seeking a consumer representative to join the committee.

The work of the Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration Standard Committee relates to the Australian health care standard  Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration. The purpose of this committee is to implement and monitor systems for recognition and response to acute deterioration to ensures that a person’s acute deterioration is recognised promptly, and appropriate action is taken. Acute deterioration includes physiological changes, as well as acute changes in cognition and mental state.

The consumer representative will bring their content knowledge and expertise to the discussions of the Committee as well as read committee papers in advance of meetings while continually seeking perspectives from their peers and teams to inform Committee discussions and decisions.

The committee meets on the fourth Thursday of every month with the next meeting scheduled for 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 25 August 2022 at the Canberra Hospital (meeting room to be advised).

Download the Recognising & Responding to Clinical Deterioration Standard Committee Terms of Reference.

You can nominate for this opportunity using the online form, or by calling the HCCA office on 6280 7800.

Please note that you will need to have completed consumer representative training to be endorsed by HCCA to this committee.

For more information about consumer representative training, please visit How to Become a Consumer Representative on our website.


National/Interstate Opportunities

ACSQHC – Primary Care Committee – via Consumers Health Forum

Expressions of interest close 5pm Friday 5 August 2022

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health (ACSQHC, ‘the Commission’) is seeking 3 consumer advisor nominations for consideration for the ACSQHC Primary Care Committee. Consumers Health Forum (CHF) will be forwarding 3 nominations for the 3 roles to the ACSQHC for review and appointment to the Committee.

Primary Care Committee (PCC)
The Primary Care Committee (PCC) is an ACSQHC Board committee created to:

  • advise the Commission on key safety and quality issues affecting the care that patients receive
  • provide strategic direction to assist in the appropriate development of the Commission’s programs to enable uptake in the primary health care sector
  • assist the Commission in its roles and functions relating to primary health care under the National Health Reform Act (2011)
  • provide leadership to the Commission to build good mechanisms for communication between different parts of the primary health care system
  • maintain effective working relationships with key primary care sector stakeholders, to help the Commission’s work.

Meetings and remuneration
Meeting will be scheduled 3-4 times per year.

Consumer advisors will be paid for their time on Committee meetings. For non-Government members travel, accommodation, and related expenses will also be paid.

Expressions of Interest 
Please send your expressions of interest with a short summary of experience related to primary care and a current (short) CV to Rebecca Edwards via email to [email protected] by 5pm (AEST) Friday 5 August 2022. Rebecca Edwards is also the contact for further information, including terms of reference, and any questions.


Other opportunities

Diagnostic (Medical) Imaging Accreditation Scheme – National Consultation

Closing date Wednesday 10 August 2022

We are seeking your views on diagnostic (medical) imaging!
HCCA, in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), is hosting a consumer workshop on Diagnostic Imaging.

Consumers who have had experiences with diagnostic imaging, such as having a scan or x-ray, are being asked to provide feedback to help develop new care standards.
The workshop will explore consumers’ experiences of diagnostic imaging, and ideas about possible mandatory standards for diagnostic imaging services.

You will be asked to consider:

  • Issues you have experienced relating to the safety and quality of diagnostic imaging services
  • What safe and good quality diagnostic imaging care looks like for you
  • What information consumers might need to help them understand the work of ACSQHC and the standards that apply to diagnostic imaging services.

The goal of the workshop is to gather information from consumers that will help ACSQHC improve the quality of diagnostic imaging services provided Australia wide.

What services does diagnostic (medical) imaging include?
Diagnostic imaging includes x-ray, angiography, CT scan, fluoroscopy, MRI, mammography, nuclear medicine, orthopantomography and ultrasound. All these technologies create medical images for health practitioners to work out what’s going on and recommend potential treatment.

Workshop Details:
The workshop will be held online via WebEx, from 2:30 to 4:30pm, Thursday 25 August.
A $75 gift card will be provided to workshop participants. The gift card will be provided via GiftPay, and can be redeemed at a range of stores listed on the GiftPay website.

How to register your interest:
By no later than Wednesday 10 August 2022, send a brief email to [email protected] expressing your interest.
The places available in the workshop are strictly limited.

Do you have questions?
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Jessica Lamb via email or by phone on 02 6230 7800.


First ‘World Patients Conference’

15-16 October 2022, free and online

On October 15 and 16, patient advocates and healthcare stakeholders from around the world will come together for the first World Patients Conference, being organised by the World Patients Alliance (WPA). The event will be hybrid and the theme of the conference is New Normal, New Challenges for Patients.

This conference will provide patients the platform and opportunity to network, exchange information, share experiences, learn from each other, raise voices and advocate for patients cause internationally.

Registration and attendance for this event is free of charge. Please use the WPA event registration form to register. HCCA is an association that is part of the WPA, so if you are a member of HCCA the registration type will be ‘WPA Member’.

Further information including program and speakers can be found on the event page. Any additional questions can be sent to [email protected].

Please note that as this conference is based in Rome, all times are in Central European Time. All sessions will be recorded for viewing at a later time. If you do wish to attend live, simply search ‘time in Rome now’ – Google, Bing, and other search engines will display the current time in Rome at the top of the results.


Be part of a creative research project about health information

Health Consumers NSW has partnered with researchers at the University of NSW Sydney’s ARC Centre. Together, they are working on a project about how adults in Australia make sense of information about their own health and the health of the people and world around them.

The research team are looking for people who are:

  • aged 18 years or older, and
  • currently live in Australia.

Taking part involves participating in one online workshop with a small group of other people.

Researchers will ask how you learn about your body and health, and what places you connect with your health and wellbeing. They will also ask you to complete some creative activities, such as sketching a rough map. You don’t need to know anything about drawing to take part. Researchers will not ask you to share any personal health or medical information.

The workshop will take approximately 60 minutes and participation is optional and voluntary.

If you would like to take part in this research, please contact Dr Ash Watson via email at [email protected], or via telephone at 0431 104 798.


Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

None at present.

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