The Condobolin Health Service Manager Kevin Ryan is encouraging members of the Condobolin community with an interest in the future of health services to nominate for appointment to the Condobolin Health Council.
Health Councils provide an opportunity for individual members of the community to work with health managers and planners to identify, from a consumer perspective, the needs of their community and services that are required.
“Council members are committed to giving the community a voice on issues that affect the health and wellbeing of its citizens,” said Mr Ryan.
“Health Councils provide good planning advice to the Western NSW Local Health Network based on our local knowledge and also to seek answers to questions and concerns being expressed by the community regarding the current running and planning of the health service,” he said.
Health Councils can bring health issues to the attention of the Western NSW Local Health Network and participate in planning and service development, quality assurance activities, policy development and review.
Training in such activities is provided as appropriate. The extent of participation in such activities is voluntary but if participation by members incurs costs such as travel, accommodation or child care, then approved activities are funded or resourced by the Health Service. At a minimum, membership requires attendance at monthly meetings of the Health Council, but there is opportunity for wider participation in committees and workshops associated with areas of personal interest.
Mr Ryan said members can come from all sorts of backgrounds and do not need to have health professional experience.
“In fact, applicants without a health professional background are most welcome as they are able to bring a truly independent consumer perspective to their role.”