Members of the Wilcannia community with an interest in the future of health services are being encouraged to nominate for appointment to the Wilcannia Health Council.
Far West Local Health District Community Engagement Manager Darriea Turley said: “Health Councils provide an opportunity for individual members of the community to work with health managers and planners to identify, from a consumer perspective, the needs of their community and services that are required. Health Council members have a vital role in bringing health issues to the attention of the Far West Local Health District”.
“I encourage community members to consider joining the Health Council. Health Councils bring health issues to the attention of the Health Service and actively participate in planning and service development, quality assurance and policy development,” said Ms Turley.
Training is provided to Health Council members as appropriate. The extent of participation in such activities is voluntary but costs of participation by members are covered by the Health Service. This includes costs such as travel, accommodation or child care.
“At a minimum, we would like members to attend monthly meetings of the Health Council. There are opportunities for wider participation in committees and workshops associated with areas of personal interest,” said Ms Turley.
“Health Council members are committed to giving the community a voice on issues that affect the health and wellbeing of its citizens.
“Health Councils provide good planning advice to the Far West Local Health District based on our local knowledge and also to seek answers to questions and concerns being expressed by the community regarding the current running and planning of the health service,” she said.
Members can come from all sorts of backgrounds and do not need to have health professional experience. In fact, applicants without a health professional background are welcome as they are able to bring a truly independent consumer perspective to their role.
Anyone requiring more information is invited to contact Ms Darriea Turley, Manager Community Engagement on 0429 848 480.