Health Council members will network and exchange ideas on how to improve health services across the Far West when they meet in Broken Hill this week to attend the Far West Local Health District Annual Health Council Forum.
Health Council members representing the Health Councils from across the Far West LHD will meet at the forum on Friday, 19 September.
“Participants will have the opportunity to share their views on health issues as well as learn more about the role they play in enhancing health services for their communities,” said Ms Darriea Turley, Manager Community Engagement, Far West LHD.
“They will be joined by their governing body, the Far West LHD Board, the Chief Executive and senior management,” she said.
All Health Councils will give a presentation on their achievements during the year and councillors will participate in workshops to develop local health promotion projects addressing the health issues facing their communities. The forum will also hear presentations on chronic disease, health promotion and the highly commended Move2Music project developed by Dareton Primary and Community Health.
“We will also hear about new initiatives this year for the health councils including the development of a Health Council for Wilcannia and White Cliffs,” said Ms Turley.
She 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,” said Ms Turley.
“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 10am to 2pm.