Ellie Buchan

Ellie is a 25-year-old young woman who has been a lifelong consumer of Queensland’s public healthcare system  due to  a diagnosis of Quadapliec Cerebal Palsy from birth. As a result of her experience as a young person engaging with healthcare services in Queensland, Ellie has become a passionate advocate for creating a healthcare system, that provides a person centred, holistic approach to patient care for young people experiencing illness.

Ellie is currently a patient at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, she serves as a Consumer Representative for the Mater Youth Consultancy. Ellie aims to use her lived experience to help inform the delivery and design of services that are provided to patients at the Mater Young Adult Centre in Brisbane. In addition to her role with  the Mater Youth Consultancy, Ellie also serves as a consumer representative for Health Consumers Queensland’s Youth Reference Group.

Ellie is also actively involved with the Statewide Persistent Pain Clinical Network’s Child, Adolesent and Young Adult Persistent Pain Project which aims to improve pain services for children and young people throughout Queensland. Ellie has previously spoken at the Queensland Clinical Senate into Adolescent to Young Adult Care and is now part of a working group, to help implement the Senate’s recommendations.

In January 2021, Ellie commenced a consumer representative role on the Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network’s Clinician Collaborative, becoming the  first patient representative and the youngest person appointed to the role in the network’s ten-year history.

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