Apr 19
Health consumer voice sought on disability services

Western NSW Local Health District is calling for nominations from interested health consumers and community members who have an understanding of or a lived experience as a carer or person with disability to be on its District Disability Advisory Committee.

Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said feedback from health consumers and communities is vital in assisting the District in striving for excellence in the care provided through all its services.

“Having a designated health consumer position on the District Disability Advisory Committee will ensure the consumer perspective is incorporated in the planning and service delivery across our district," Mr McLachlan said.

The committee has the role of providing advice on the implementation of our Disability Inclusion Plan 2015 – 2018, and making recommendations to ensure our operating protocols reflect the needs and issues of people with disabilities and the needs of carers.

“The committee will assist the District in improving access to services for people with a disability and to raise awareness of the valuable role of carers."

“I would like to encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, particularly if they have had a lived experience with disability or as a carer, as they will be able to bring a very valuable consumer perspective to the committee," he said.

For further information about the District Disability Advisory Committee and for information about how to apply, please contact the District Manager for Community Engagement, Illona Dunn on (02) 6378 6274 or email Illona.Dunn@health.nsw.gov.au.

Applications close 5 May 2017.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au