Far West Health Councils join together in Forum to discuss health issues

Members of Health Councils from across the Far West Local Health District (LHD) will be meeting in Broken Hill on Monday, 16 December to attend the inaugural Far West Local Health District Health Council Forum.

Health Councillors from Broken Hill, Balranald, Menindee, Two River’s (Wentworth LGA) and Tibooburra will be joined by their governing body, the Far West LHD Board, the Chief Executive and senior management.

“Participants will have the opportunity to share their views on health issues as well as learn more about the role they play in enhancing services for the communities they represent,” said Mrs Darriea Turley, Manager Community Engagement, Far West LHD.

The forum will include presentations about mental health services in the Far West, Palliative Care and End of life Models and Care and presentations from all Health Councils on their achievements during the year.

Health Councillors will also participate in workshops on the challenges in the Far West and the role of Health Councils to support the improvements in the districts key health priorities.

Ms Turley said the Far West LHD is committed to community consultation and participation and supports the model of each community having their own Health Council providing a local voice for local issues.

“Health Councillors provide a voice for the community which ensures benefits for their communities and builds co-operation between communities and health services. A new Health Council initiative this year was for a Board member to be appointed to a Health Council to build capacity not only for your health council but also for the Board.”

Ms Turley said the Far West LHD will continue to work with communities across the Far West to improve their health and wellbeing through leadership and partnerships.

The Forum will take place at University Department of Rural Health from 12noon to 4pm. Health Councillors, Health Service Managers and staff are invited to attend the Far West LHD Board Annual Public Meeting being held afterwards.

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