” Our aim is to involve individuals who are emerging consumer/carer leaders. By this we mean individuals who have started to be involved in health consumer/carer representation or advocacy work, perhaps at a local, regional or state/territory level, and who are enthusiastic and interested in doing more or different roles, particularly at the national level.
The Colloquium is occurring at a time when the value of people-centred approaches to policy is gaining currency. The health and social care horizon is rapidly changing and we face many challenges as well as growing opportunity for reform and innovation.”
CHF, NRHA and MHA are working together to hold a Consumer and Carer Leadership Colloquium on 20-21 March 2017 in Canberra. Colloquium participants are being selected from CHF, NRHA and MHA networks.
CHF therefore seeks expressions of interest from individuals who are interested in participating in the Colloquium, and who will benefit from its focus on emerging consumer/carer leaders.
Online applications here
Why a Colloquium?
The three host organisations all work with consumers/carers who are interested in advocating for a better Australian health system.
Our ways of working with these leaders may differ and we may use different terminology, but we have a shared interest in:
- identifying and nurture emerging consumer/carer leaders with potential and interest to participate in and shape health reform at the national level;
- supporting consumer/carer leaders to act with impact and influence;
- providing opportunities for cross-fertilisation of ideas from consumer/carer leaders with different perspectives on the health system; and
- growing and diversifying our pools of consumer/carer leaders.
What is a colloquium?
A colloquium is an interactive conference-style event. Our Colloquium is an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to emerging health consumer/carer leaders. It will have a learning, development and planning focus.
Who is the Colloquium aimed at?
Up to 80 consumers/carers will participate in the Colloquium. The Colloquium is a learning and development forum. We seek participants who want to achieve a more consumer-centred health system and enjoy sharing ideas with other like-minded people.
Our aim is to involve individuals who are emerging consumer/carer leaders. By this we mean individuals who have started to be involved in health consumer/carer representation or advocacy work, perhaps at a local, regional or state/territory level, and who are enthusiastic and interested in doing more or different roles, particularly at the national level.
All expressions of interest will be assessed on their merits.
What is the time commitment?
You will need to be able to be in Canberra for:
- the Colloquium networking dinner on the evening of 20 March 2017; and
- the Colloquium itself on 21 March 2017.
You will also benefit from participating in two lead-in webinars on 8 and 15 March 2017. The webinars will be for one hour.
The Colloquium program will include a mix of interactive and expert-led sessions, including peer experts. The two lead-in webinars will provide background information about national health reform, allowing more informed discussion at the Colloquium itself.
What is the cost?
Your travel and accommodation costs will be met. Meals will be provided, but not drinks at the networking dinner. Sitting fees will not be paid.
What will participants get out of the Colloquium?
As an emerging consumer/carer leader, the Colloquium program will provide you with an opportunity to:
- to discuss and better understand the health reform environment, implications and opportunities;
- learn some new leadership skills and mentorship practices;
- join an emerging leaders network as well as existing consumer/carer networks through CHF, MHA and NRHA;
- discuss and identify development, mentorship and leadership needs of emerging consumer/carer leaders.
What outcomes will result from the Colloquium?
In addition to what you as an individual can expect to get out of your participation at the Colloquium, the Colloquium is designed to generate a plan of action for future co-operation to strengthen the role of the consumer/carer community in shaping health and related policy. Such an action plan could include, for example, a future webinar program, online discussion forums, etc.
How do I express interest in participating in the Colloquium?
If you would like to be considered as a Colloquium participant, please complete the following form and submit it by 5 February 2017. Following our selection process, we will advise you if your expression of interest has been successful by 24 February 2017.