This Engagement and Collaboration Toolkit has been put together to assist health sector organisations to identify strategies to collaborate with other organisations outside of the health sector and to meaningfully engage with community and consumers as part of the health reform process.
ENGAGING WITH COMMUNITIES AND CONSUMERS
Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) aims to strengthen the consumer perspective in health services policy, systems and service reform and improvement. In acting as your voice in health, HCQ supports consumer, community and patient involvement in all aspects and stages of their individual and collective health care. HCQ has published a range of resources and handbooks for agencies and consumers to develop consumer engagement strategies and to build the capacity of consumers to participate.
PEAK AND STATEWIDE ORGANISATIONS
Peak and statewide organisations can provide information and data about disadvantaged population groups and service providers. Contact details for the following organisations can be found on their websites via the links below:
QCOSS (Queensland Council of Social Service) provides a voice for and with Queenslanders affected by poverty and inequality and leads on issues of significance to the social, health and community sectors statewide.
The Queensland Alliance is the peak body for the mental health community sector.
National Disability Services is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services. It has an office in Brisbane.
Carers Queensland provides services such as counselling, advice, advocacy, education and training. It also promotes the recognition of carers to governments, businesses and the public.
Council on the Ageing Queensland (COTAQ) provides a voice for older people in Queensland
Aged Care Queensland (ACQ) is a not-for-profit Association consisting members who provide care and accommodation services to aged and disabled Queenslanders.
Australian Pensioners & Superannuants League Qld Inc is a voluntary support, referral, information, advocacy and lobby group for people who are receiving various types of pensions with some living partly on superannuation funds.
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) represents the interests of the many people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) who are part of the broad social community of Queensland, and promotes multiculturalism.
PeakCare is the peak body for child protection services in Queensland
Queensland AIDS Council aims to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Queenslanders. It can provide information and advice on engaging with LGBT groups.
Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA) is the peak organisation representing the views of the alcohol and other drug non-government sector.
COMMUNITY PROFILING TOOLS
There are a range of tools that can assist you with developing a profile of your community including demographic data and services available. The sites are easy to use and can be accessed via the following links: