Health services in Queensland

Project Overview

COTA Queensland is preparing a submission for the Inquiry into the provision of primary, allied and private health care, aged care and NDIS care services and its impact on the Queensland public health system.

Have your say now in how health services are provided in your community.

Health Services Inquiry findings report published

Health Services Inquiry findings report published

COTA Queensland contributes to the Health Services Inquiry Hearing

COTA Queensland contributes to the Health Services Inquiry Hearing.

  • COTA Queensland response to Health Services Inquiry

    COTA Queensland's response to the Committee's report on the Health Services Inquiry to be published on the Health Services Hub April/May 2022

  • COTA Queensland Health Services Inquiry submission published

    The COTA Queensland Health Services Inquiry submission was published on the Queensland Parliamentary website 21 January 2022

  • QLD Parliamentary Inquiry findings report published

    The Health and Environment Committee provided the Inquiry report to the Legislative Assembly by 8 April 2022 (this was extended from the original date of 31 March 2022). 

  • COTA Queensland Inquiry responses submitted

    COTA Queensland extended the date for responses until Tuesday 21 December 2021. 

  • Inquiry consultation closed

    Queensland Parliament extended the Inquiry submission deadline until Thursday 23 December 2021.

  • QLD Parliamentary Inquiry into Health Services opened

    The Inquiry into the Provision of Primary, Allied and Private Health Care, Aged Care and NDIS Care Services and its Impact on the Queensland Public Health System was announced 17 November 2021.

How health currently works in Queensland

  • The State Government currently oversees the public hospital and health services through the Queensland Health system.  
  • The Federal Government along with private and non-government organisations oversee aged care and primary care services.  
    • Primary care services may include General Practitioners (GPs), nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, community health centres, allied health (e.g., physiotherapist, social worker, podiatrist, pharmacist, speech pathologist, dietitian, occupational therapist), and platforms which enable use of technology for health consultations such as video consultations or telehealth services. 
  • Private and non-Government organisations oversee the private hospital services. 

Inquiry briefing

The Inquiry briefing 29 November 2021 highlighted that the Queensland health system is stretched and this is due to multiple factors including but not limited to e.g., geography, service gaps, impact of the pandemic, and general inequity, particularly in regional, rural and remote communities. Primary Queensland Health services are often used as a last resort for health care in these communities. Chronic disease management, in addition to mental health, specialist outpatient and emergency services, for example, are key areas which require more attention.

Communities continue to experience issues around accessibility and availability of health services across primary, allied health, disability services, and across aged care services. The Inquiry briefing further revealed that in terms of primary health care supports, there was, for example:

  • 1 General Practitioner (GP) for every 766 people in metropolitan communities
  • 1 GP for every 1160 people in rural communities
  • 1 GP for every 1428 people in remote communities

This Inquiry seeks to gain a better understanding of the reality of health care and the needs of Queenslanders including the complexities and inequity in the accessibility and availability of services. 

The health needs of your community

We would like to hear about your experience with health services in your local area including aged care, disability, primary health care services, and hospital and health clinics in public and private health systems.  

We are interested in access to health services in your community:

  • Are you able to access GP services and allied health services (like those listed above) in a timely manner?  
  • Where do you access them e.g., through the private or public health system?  
  • If you cannot access services in a timely manner, how do you access support? Do you look for an alternative service, seek out another support, or do you usually wait until a practitioner or service is available?

If you have private health insurance, do you have access to health services when you need them e.g., Are you able to see a specialist as when required for an ongoing condition? Do you have to wait for follow-up treatment or care services? 

We are also interested in how things are going well in your community: 

  • Do you have examples about what’s working in terms of timely health services or supports? 
  • Why do you think this works well/why are these services readily available? 
  • Which health services or supports are most readily accessible and/or available in your community? 

And the things that aren’t going well:

  • Could anything be improved upon? Which services should be made more readily available? 
  • Do you feel your local government is doing enough to support individuals and communities’ health? 
  • What role should local government in enabling better access to health services in your community? 
  • What would good health services and supports look like in your local community?

All responses will be treated confidentially. Any identifying information will be removed before inclusion in our submission.