QGHA Project Evaluation Criteria Workshop – April 2016

As recommended by the Queensland Health, an interim ‘collaborative-commissioning’ governance model for QGHA over the first 18 months is to be implemented, supporting 5 capability-building workstreams (Workforce Development, Evaluation of Clinical Genomics, Genomic Testing, Stakeholder Access to Genomic Information, and Ethics, Legal and Social Implications), as well as four disease-focussed demonstration projects.

In order to identify the criteria and weights against which application for funding in the workstreams and projects should be judged, a QGHA Stakeholder Workshop was held on 20 April. The workshop brought together 37 executives, health professionals, and researchers, from various Queensland Hospital and Health Services and research organisations.
The workshop was well received and had demonstrated keen enthusiasm from all healthcare providers and researchers. Overall, it was agreed that well-balanced collaborations between clinical and research expertise, strong stakeholder engagement, commitment to clinical utility and implementation, and feasible project plans with clear deliverables will be key criteria for both capability-building workstreams and demonstration projects.  
The workshop demonstrated keen enthusiasm for collaboration and unified objectives around delivering health outcomes for Queenslanders. UQ is currently consolidating all feedback and comments arose from the workshop. Over the coming months, UQ will be working towards finalising both the project evaluation criteria and business plan, aim to distribute first round ‘Call for Projects’ in Q3 2016.