Health Councillors meet to network and exchange ideas at annual Forum

Health Council members from across the Far West Local Health District will gather for their annual Health Council Forum being held on Friday (14 September) in Broken Hill.

Networking and exchanging ideas will be on the agenda at the forum with a focus this year on the devastating drought that has gripped NSW and the Far West.

“Health Council members representing Health Councils across the District get together at our one-day Forum and exchange ideas on how to improve health services in their communities,” said Ms Darriea Turley, Manager Community Engagement and Forum Convenor.

“As well as knowing what is happening within the LHD, the Health Councils are particularly aware of the drought and its impact on their communities. This year we have presentations from Annette Turner, Country Women’s Association NSW President, and Marie Kelly, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Co-ordinator for Far West LHD. This will be followed by an open forum discussion about the drought in the Far West.”

All Health Councils will also give a presentation on their achievements during the year and they will be joined by their governing body, the Far West LHD Board, the Chief Executive and senior management. The forum will also hear presentations from LHD staff about eHealth, My Health Record, Privacy Awareness and Integrated Care programs.

Ms Turley said the Forum provides the opportunity for the LHD to be informed of emerging issues in the communities it serves.

“Forum participants can share their views on health issues whilst learning more about the role they play in improving health services in their communities,” said Ms Turley.

Ms Turley said the Far West Local Health District 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, she 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 9am to 2.30pm.

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