Members of Dubbo and surrounding communities with an interest in the future of health services are being encouraged to nominate for appointment to the Dubbo Health Council.
The General Manager, Dubbo Base Hospital, Mr Andrew Newton, said 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.
Five vacancies currently exist on the Dubbo Health Council – three for residents of Dubbo, and another two for residents in surrounding communities with an interest in Dubbo health services.
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.
“Health council members are committed to giving the community a voice on issues that affect the health and wellbeing of its citizens,” said Mr Newton.
“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.
“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,” said Mr Newton.
Application forms and additional information are available by contacting Andrew Newton, General Manager Dubbo Base Hospital on 02 6885 8611 or by email at Andrew.Newton@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au or Ms Darriea Turley, Manager of Community Engagement, 08 8080 1511.