Sep 27
Members Sought for District Committee to Improve Patient Experiences

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is calling on people to help deliver positive patient outcomes by putting their hand up to be part of its District Health Care Quality Committee.

The Committee reviews and provides advice to the Board on quality in health and patient care to ensure that all patients in our health facilities receive the best possible care available.

Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said feedback from health consumers and communities is crucial in assisting the District achieve excellence in the care provided by its local health services.

“Having communities provide advice about how we can better care for our patients is critical to our success,” he said.

“Including health consumers on the Committee will ensure we have a variety of perspectives incorporated in our clinical and quality care programs to improve patient experiences,” Mr McLachlan said.

“Members of this committee are crucial to the health services we deliver, and you will be involved in something that helps patients get the best quality of care available.”

The Committee also monitors quality initiatives, evaluates actions in response to incident management, and reviews clinical and service indicators used to evaluate the quality of service as well as the care and effectiveness of service delivery.

“You do not need to have health experience for this role. In fact I would like to encourage people without this experience to apply as you will be able to bring a truly independent consumer perspective to the committee,” Mr McLachlan said.

“Interested people will really help us improve patient experiences in our local hospitals, and I’d really urge people who are interested to put their hand up to be involved.”

For further information about the District Health Care Quality Committee and for details 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 14 October 2016.

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