Members of the Oberon community with an interest in the future of health services are being urged to nominate for appointment to the Oberon Health Council.
Health Councils provide an opportunity for individual members of the community to bring health issues to the attention of Western NSW Local Health District, said Oberon Acting Health Service Manager, Mr Chris Tabone.
"Health Councils participate in planning and service development and members have an opportunity to work with health managers and planners to identify, from a consumer perspective, the needs of their community and services that are required," said Mr Tabone.
Training for Health Council members in such activities is provided as appropriate. Participation 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. Tabone said Oberon Health Council currently has five members and six vacancies.
"Health Councils provide good planning advice to the Western NSW LHD based on our local knowledge. Members are committed to giving the community a voice on issues that affect the health and wellbeing of its citizens," said Mr. Tabone.
He 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," he said.
Application forms and additional information can be obtained by contacting Mr Chris Tabone on 6336 7210 or Darriea Turley, Manager of Community Engagement on (08) 8080 1511.