Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Consumer Representative sought - Informed Consent Reference Group

See below from Health Consumers Queensland. Please contact HCQ for an Expression of Interest form if you would like to apply...

Consumer Representative sought - Informed Consent Reference Group

The Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Service is requesting HCQ's assistance with the recruitment of one (1) consumer representative for their Reference Group.

Mariee Piper, Informed Consent Program Manager, Queensland Health, has provided the following information about the consumer representative role and reimbursement rates.

The consumer representative would need to:
- Attend quarterly Reference Group meetings which will be 2hrs in duration (next meeting Wednesday 4 August, 2 - 4pm) and located at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Level 14, Block 7, Herston Road, Herston. Members serve a 2 year term.
- Actively contribute to the reference group by reflecting the consumer's experience and having a voice in how informed consent in relation to medical procedures is strategically conducted in Queensland Health.
- Have an open interest in, and knowledge base of, informed consent to be able to receive and disseminate information, identify and problem solve issues relevant to the Informed Consent Program.
- Be prepared to read and review documents in preparation for meetings and on occasion comment via email on documents between meetings.
- Have a mechanism to feedback information to other consumers and to represent other consumers' views.
- We encourage consumers who have experience in and representing Adults and Young Adults (18-24years) to apply as this group is currently under represented on this reference group.

The reimbursement rates for the consumer representative are:
- $96 for meetings <4hrs (includes preparation time)
- $159 for meetings >4hrs (includes preparation time)
- Motor vehicle allowance (varies depending on the cc of the vehicle- $0.58 to $0.70/km)
- Consideration will be given to reimbursement of reasonable travel and accommodation to attend meetings and forums.

Health consumers who would like to express interest in this consumer representative position need to register as a member of HCQ's consumer network. If you are not already a member you can register at

If you are interested in nominating for this consumer representative role could you please complete the attached expression of interest form and return this to Olivia Spadina (details below) by 30 July 2010.

Contact details:

Olivia Spadina, Senior Policy Officer
Health Consumers Queensland
PO Box 48, Brisbane QLD 4001
Ph: 07 3234 0611 / email:

If you require any further information about this position and the nomination process please contact Olivia Spadina on 07 3234 0611.

Thank you for your assistance.

Kind regards

Health Consumers Queensland
Ph: 1800 613 251* (toll free) / 07 3234 0611
*Mobile calls to this number may incur extra charges depending on your mobile phone service provider.

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