Information for our consumer representatives
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. But authorities can’t, and shouldn’t do it all on their own. It requires a coordinated cross-Government, industry and community response that involves consumers at the table. Health Consumers NSW continues to advocate, and we continue to work to ensure that consumers are being involved in key decisions. Our aim is, now more than ever, to support the inclusion of consumer representatives in the local development of COVID-19 strategy and communication.
We have currently stopped any face-to-face engagement activities and events in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and we encourage all our health consumer representatives to not attend face-to-face committee meetings or other forums and events. We are suggesting to all our partners and stakeholders to explore other ways for health consumer representatives to participate in current consultations (eg. teleconference, videoconference, separate phone meetings…).
If you are running a health consumer group or peer-support group, here an article on ‘How To Run A Peer Support Group From Home During The COVID-19 Lockdown’ from Creaky Joints Australia: https://creakyjoints.org.au/support/run-a-peer-support-group-during-covid-19/
Current Health Consumer NSW COVID-19 engagement activities and events
With the whole world currently going online due to social distancing and the pandemic, we have fast-tracked our new online engagement platform too. Amplify offers you the opportunity to engage, ask questions and share experiences or opinions on important topics for health consumers in NSW.
By registering for Amplify, you will be able to participate online and register to attend face-to-face/zoom workshops as they come up.
Make your voice heard. Register now.
Our lives have been impacted hugely by COVID-19. How are you managing your health? Have you used telehealth to access your health care professionals? Do you have any tips that you can share with others here?
During this global COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers are working harder than ever to look after our communities, while putting themselves at risk.
We invite you to ‘Thank Our Health Workers’ here.
Other events and consumer engagement opportunities in the COVID-19 response
Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)
- What will our health policy choices look like with COVID-19 restrictions easing? Join Deputy Chief Medical Officers, Professor Michael Kidd and Dr Nick Coatsworth in a CHF webinar, 26 May, 2.30 pm (AEST) bit.ly/367EbpV
- CHF survey about the COVIDsafe app on their Australia’s Health Panel: asking for consumer insights into the recently released COVIDSafe tracing app.
The University of Sydney
- COVID-19 STAYHOME4HEALTH Wellbeing Survey – https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=DFJX37K47C
Being is recruiting now!
Following consumer feedback, BEING is super excited to be hiring a new stream of Peer Support Specialist roles for our organisation. They will offer supportive, non-crisis assistance over the phone, and via online platforms, during the COVID-19 period. We are calling for applications NOW from suitably experienced and qualified individuals to fill the positions of Peer Support Specialists and Senior Peer Support Specialists.
For the position descriptions, to download an application form, and to apply, please go to: http://being.org.au/get-involved/work-with-us/
Consumer loneliness & connection survey
Why does LONELINESS seem as difficult to talk about as it is to fix? Being, the NSW peak body for people living with mental health issues, wants to hear consumer perspectives on the important and timely topics of Loneliness & Connection via a new survey they have running. You can complete the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKRF3Q9
Survey about pets and mental health
Being, is running a fun ‘Fur & Feather Babies’ survey about how much pets and assistance animals help our mental health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’d like to take part in this 5 minute survey, you can complete it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TDCQPX9
Health Consumers Queensland – Great decision-making guide if you are unsure about whether or not to download the COVIDsafe app from the Australian Government.
Health Issues Centre Forum – discussing clinical triage in regards to COVID-19, recap: https://hic.org.au/no-time-to-lose-our-ethical-nerve/ ; Almost 300 people registered for an online forum, hosted by Health Issues Centre and presented by all State and Territory health consumer peaks, to discuss the #COVIDSafe App and Telehealth. The video is now available: ; Join us for event #3 in the online COVID-19 forum series: Will the road to recovery be paved with casualties? Register here: buff.ly/3dKC91Bwww.eventbrite.com.au/e/will-the-road-to-recovery-be-paved-with-casualties-tickets-105047840920
Community participation is crucial in a pandemic: Read complete The Lancet article
Australia’s 8 leading universities have produced a document to provide a guide out of our crisis. It’s ‘COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery’. It sets out a comprehensive, evidence-based analysis of the strategies in responding to COVID-19. buff.ly/2Sj1VBI