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ACSQHC: Patient Safety Reporting Advisory Committee

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is convening an advisory group to progress the patient safety reporting project. 

To support the project, the Commission is establishing the Patient Safety Reporting Advisory Committee (the Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee will ensure key stakeholder advice informs the project and associated outputs.  The Committee will also provide valuable input into the implementation of the recommended option including work to: define, test and refine indicator specifications; develop a system to collect and publish data publicly and provide a public communication and education campaign on public reporting. The membership of the Patient Safety Reporting Advisory Committee will include two consumer representatives.

The appointment is for a two year term from 1 November 2019 to 31 December 2021.  The work will consist of five meetings per year.  Meetings will be a combination of face to face meetings in Sydney and teleconferences.  The first meeting is anticipated to take place in Sydney in early November.  Please note that sitting fees and travel costs will be met by the Commission.

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEDT on Sunday 6 October 2019. Interested consumer representatives will need to:

  • Complete a CHF nomination form available online at https://chf.org.au/representation/forms/consumer-representative-nomination-form
  • Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers
  • Attach a short CV (no longer than two pages) in pdf format which may be forwarded to the ASQHC.

 

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at g.martin@chf.org.au  should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEDT on Sunday 6 October 2019.

Monash University – IMPRovE is seeking mental health consumer stories

The Department of General Practice at Monash University is gathering stories from people who have a lived experience of a work-related mental health condition and who are willing to share their recovery journey.  In particular, interest is being sought from health consumers who have experienced mental health symptoms directly or indirectly related to work stressors and had who consequently saw a GP for help with these symptoms.

This research study will form a component of the IMPRovE trial. Namely, to develop brief videos of virtual simulated patient consultations, to be used in the assessment of guideline implementation by GPs. The aim is to develop up to 18 videos presenting a range of scenarios with varying levels of complexity and patient circumstance.  The IMPRovE trial aims to overcome these difficulties by exposing GPs to a complex intervention that is aimed at implementing work-related mental health guidelines by GPs.  The intervention will consist of academic detailing, resource provision and support through a community of practice. The team will assess delivery of care and the cost-effectiveness of the intervention.

More information is available at https://chf.org.au/system/files/webform/reprequest/improve_flyer_for_consumer_interviews_general.pdf

Participation in this research would involve undertaking a phone interview about your health journey from your first visit to a GP following symptoms of a work-related mental health condition until now. We will tape-record this interview for later transcription and analysis.  The interview will be conducted by a researcher from the Department of General Practice at Monash University, who will guide you to consider a number of questions that tap into your experience. Health consumers’ de-identified stories will then be used to create virtual simulated patient consultations that reflect important aspects of the care and treatment of people with work related mental health conditions. To ensure that participants are not identifiable by their stories, pseudonyms will be used in the virtual simulated patient consultations and elements from more than one participant journey may be blended.  The work will entail a 40 minute long one-off phone-based interview expected to take place in October.  Participants will receive a complementary $50 Coles-Myer voucher as an appreciation of their time and contribution.

Interest is being sought from health consumers who:<

  • Is over 18 years old
  • who has experienced mental health symptoms directly or indirectly related to work stressors
  • who saw a GP for help

The Monash University welcomes expressions of interest by close of business Friday 4 October 2019.  If this work is of interest to you, or should you have any queries, please contact the research team on 03 9905 9343, at improve.trial@monash.edu or via the web link at https://www.monash.edu/medicine/spahc/general-practice/research-projects/the-improve-partnership-trial

Expressions of interest close COB on Friday 4 October 2019.

The NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability - A simulation of the Australian health system - Treatment overload: Lifting the burden of too much healthcare

The NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability is hosting a unique event to talk about the complex issues affecting the sustainability of our health system. One of the current problems is healthcare waste. Approximately 30% of care is of little or no value to the patient and may in fact be harmful. The NHMRC Partnership Centre are seeking a person who would be willing to share their experience of being diagnosed with a high PSA (indicative of prostate cancer) or breast cancer. The successful applicant would deliver a 15-minute talk sharing the following;

  • how their diagnosis affected them and/or their family emotionally and financially
  • what course(s) of treatment(s) were offered
  • any discussion they may have had around the possibility of not treating the disease
  • what the person ultimately decided to do

A hundred people are expected to attend this event.  Attendees will represent all sectors of the healthcare system, including policy makers, researchers, health professionals, the media and consumers.

The work will consist of a writing a 10-15 speech and presenting it on Wednesday 13 November 2019 during the event, which will be held:

2:30pm - 6 pm followed by a cocktail reception

Sydney Harbour Marriott

30 Pitt Street

Sydney NSW

Please note that the NHMRC Partnership Centre will cover all travel expenses and waive the registration fee for the successful consumer representative.

The NHMRC Partnership Centre welcomes expressions of interest by close of business Monday 30 September 2019.  To apply, please email the following to Research Officer at the NHMRC Partnership Centre, Dr K-lynn Smith at  klynn.smith@mq.edu.au:

  • A letter verifying experience
  • A CV in pdf format

Please contact K-lynn Smith at the NHMRC Partnership Centre on 02 9850 2243 should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close COB on Monday 30 September 2019

University of Technology Sydney - Consumer interviews for defensive medical practice research project

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is undertaking a research project with the aim of finding out about the drivers of defensive practice in healthcare, barriers to reducing such practices, and potential solutions. Defensive practice refers to ordering tests and procedures, making referrals and prescribing drugs mainly to reduce perceived legal risks, rather than to advance patient care. These risks include lawsuits and complaints.

As part of this research study on defensive medical practice, consumer representatives are invited to participate in an interview.  Participants will take part in one interview which will be audio-recorded and transcribed. The interview will take approximately 1 hour and will be conducted by telephone or online technology (Skype, Zoom).  Sydney-based participants may choose a face-to-face interview at UTS with travel/parking costs covered by the UTS.  Interviews are anticipated to start taking place on 15 October 2019. 

The interview will cover topics such as:

  • consumer awareness of defensive practice
  • impact of defensive practice on the clinician-consumer relationship
  • healthcare consumer attitudes and expectations
  • consumer involvement in solutions to defensive practice

UTS welcomes expressions of interest by close of business Friday 11 October 2019.  To apply, please email your interest to Associate Professor Nola Ries, Researcher in Health Law and Policy at UTS at nola.ries@uts.edu.au.

Please contact Nola Ries at the University of Technology Sydney on (02) 9514 3156 should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close COB on Friday 11 October 2019

Medicines Australia - Code of Conduct Appeals Committee

Medicines Australia is the peak industry body representing Australian research-based pharmaceutical companies. The Code of Conduct (the Code) sets out standards of conduct for pharmaceutical companies engaging in the marketing of prescription medicines products.  Code provisions include standards for appropriate advertising, the behaviour of medical representatives and relationships with health care professionals.  The Code of Conduct Committee considers a range of complaints, and applies penalties and sanctions if the complaint is found to be substantiated. The Code of Conduct Committee makes the initial decision on such complaints.  If there is an appeal against a decision of the Code of Conduct Committee, the Appeals Committee adjudicates on the appeal.

Nominations/renominations are now due for the Code of Conduct Appeals Committee. CHF thanks current consumer representative, Judith Maher, for her  work over many years in providing a consumer perspective to this committee. The appointment is for a three year term from 31 July 2019 to 30 June 2022.  The Code of Conduct Appeals Committee meets in Sydney as required when an appeal is received. The agenda comprises of the written complaint and a written response from the subject company, and the papers that were presented to the Code of Conduct Committee together with written appeal and response documents. Matters before the Committee can vary from relatively short papers to more extensive argument with supporting references. 

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEST on Sunday 11 August 2019. Interested consumer representatives will need to:

  • Complete a CHF nomination form available online at https://chf.org.au/representation/forms/consumer-representative-nomination-form
  • Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers
  • Attach a short CV (no longer than two pages) in pdf format which may be forwarded to Medicines Australia.  Please note that consumers interested in nominating should include with their CV details of membership of Advisory Boards or any associations with individual pharmaceutical companies to ensure no conflict of interest with complaints or companies as sanctioned under the provisions of the Code.

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at g.martin@chf.org.au  should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEST on Sunday 11 August 2019.

Department of Health - Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP)

The Department of Health released the Terms of Reference for the updated Review of Health Fund rebates. The proposal includes a two-stage review process commencing with Naturopathy, Western Herbalism, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and Shiatsu; followed by Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, Homeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Reflexology and Rolfing.

The NTREAP will assess any additional evidence of the clinical effectiveness of the 16 therapies published since the 2014-15 review as well as any high-quality evidence not included in the 2014-15 review. The research evidence provided by the NTREAP will be reviewed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) including:

  • any evidence identified by Panel members; and
  • any other evidence submitted to Panel members;

The Department of Health is seeking nominations for membership of the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP), members will be appointed for their expertise, rather than as representatives of organisations. Nominees should have expertise in research/evaluation of scientific evidence of clinical effectiveness and/or experience in practice in the relevant natural therapies. Potential members should be available for meetings in Canberra between August 2019 and June 2020.  The frequency and date of meetings to be confirmed.  Sitting fees and travel costs for meetings will be covered by the Department of Health.

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEST on Monday 5 August 2019. Your details will be forwarded to the Department of Health for the Chief Medical Officer’s consideration for possible appointment to the NTREAP.  Interested consumer representatives will need to:

  • Complete a CHF nomination form available online at https://chf.org.au/representation/forms/consumer-representative-nomination-form
  • Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers
  • Attach a one-page CV in pdf format to be forwarded to the Department of Health.

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at g.martin@chf.org.au  should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEST on Monday 5 August 2019

 

Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week, which takes place this year from 5 to 11 August, is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event. Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health. 

This year’s campaign is titled “How’s your oral health tracking?” and encourages people to take the time to think about and improve their oral hygiene routines, diet and dental visits by promoting these key messages:
 
•    Brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
•    Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush.
•    Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.
•    Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.

Various Resources can be found here

The Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) - ATMS Complaints Committee

When the ATMS receives complaints about ATMS Members from clients and private health insurance funds, the complaints are assessed by the ATMS Complaints Committee against the ATMS Code of Conduct.   Where the complaint is upheld, the ATMS Complaints Committee, then makes recommendations to the ATMS Board to impose sanctions on the recipient of the complaint.

To assist in the complaints handling process, the ATMS is looking for a consumer representative to join the ATMS Complaints Committee as a non-Director member. The appointment is for a twelve-months term.  The workload will consist of approximately four meetings a year, most of which will be conducted be via teleconference. On the rare occasion meetings are held face to face the meetings will take place in Sydney.  The next meeting is expected to take place within the next couple of months, the date has not yet been set as is determined by the number of complaints received.  Please note sitting fees at remuneration tribunal rates and travel costs will be covered by the ATMS for this work.

Applications to join the ATMS Complaints Committee are currently open until close of business on Friday 26 July 2019. To apply, please submit the following via email to the Chair of the ATMS Complaints Committee, Robert Medhurst, at medhurstr@yahoo.com:

• a letter of endorsement verifying experience and links to a health consumer group

• A CV in pdf format

Expressions of interest close COB on Friday 26 July 2019

Optometry Australia - Entry-level Competency Standards for Optometry 2020 - Steering Committee

Optometry Australia is undertaking a full review of the entry-level competencies for optometrists. The review will examine both the structure of the competencies as well as the content to ensure they are fit for purpose. Two of the primary uses of competency standards is in the accreditation of courses, and in the assessment of applicants that have been trained in countries other than Australia and New Zealand.  The steering committee will provide guidance on the process for the review of the entry-level competency standards. 

Optometry Australia is seeking a consumer representative to join the Steering Committee to provide guidance on the development and structure of the competencies and the processes for stakeholder engagement.

The appointment is for a twelve month term.  The work will consist of up to two half-day face to face meetings in Melbourne plus four teleconferences (60-90mins).  The next meeting is anticipated to take place on 1 August 2019.  Please note that Optometry Australia will cover travel costs and pay sitting fees for this work.

Applications to join the Entry-level Competency Standards for Optometry 2020 - Steering Committee are currently open until close of business on Friday 26 July 2019. To apply, please email the following to Policy Advisor at Optometry Australia, Mr Ben Hamlyn at b.hamlyn@optometry.org.au

• a letter of endorsement verifying experience and links to a health consumer group

• A CV in pdf format

Please contact Ben Hamlyn at Optometry Australia on (03) 9668 8540 should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close COB on Friday 26 July 2019

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