Jun 27
Dubbo Hospital calls for community members for Health Council

Members of the Dubbo community with an interest in improving local health services are being asked to nominate for appointment to the Dubbo Health Council.

Health Councils give an opportunity for local people to work with health managers and planners to identify the health needs of their community and services that are required.

Dubbo Health Council Chair Lorna White said the Dubbo Health Council provides an opportunity for community members to bring health issues to the attention of Dubbo Hospital and Western NSW Local Health District.

“Our Health Council members are committed to giving their community a voice on issues that affect the health and wellbeing of its citizens," Lorna said.

“Dubbo Health Council has a strong community voice and we're encouraging people from all backgrounds to nominate so we can continue to represent everyone's interests," Lorna said.

"Applicants without a health background are very welcome as they are able to bring a truly independent consumer perspective to the Health Council," Lorna said.

Dubbo Hospital General Manager Debbie Bickerton is encouraging people from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages to apply to be a member of the Health Council so there is a broad representation from the community.

“Anyone can join the Health Council, and I'd particularly encourage our town's young people to join in to have their say about the future of health services in Dubbo," Ms Bickerton said.

“The Health Council has been involved in the Dubbo Hospital redevelopment, organises and takes part in various health initiatives in the community and sits on a variety of hospital committees."

At a minimum, membership requires attendance at monthly Health Council meetings, but there is also an opportunity to participate in committees and be involved in relevant workshops and consultations.

For an application kit or to find out more information please contact Manager Community Engagement Illona Dunn on (02) 6378 6274.

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