The four year term of Health Community Council members ended on 8 July 2011.
As part of the Queensland Health reforms, Health Service Districts are now developing new models and strategies for consumer and community engagement.
Legislation has been introduced into Queensland Parliament that will transform the existing Health Service Districts into independent statutory bodies called Local Health and Hospitals Networks from 1 July 2012. The new networks will be governed by a skills-based Governing Council with members being appointed through a transparent, merit based process. Membership will not be representative.
An expression of interest process for appointment to Governing Councils has commenced and will close on 21 October 2011.
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Each network will be required, under legislation, to develop a strategy for consumer and community engagement. It is anticipated they will undertake some engagement activities in cooperation with the Medicare Local (primary health care organisation) for the region.
Over the next 12 months, Health Consumers Queensland will be supporting Health Service Districts to begin to develop the consumer and community engagement strategies for the new networks. A key deliverable of this project is a best practice framework for consumer and community engagement. All former Health Community Council members are strongly encouraged to participate.
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