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Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Understanding our communities

Through formal and informal structures, we offer community members with the opportunity to:

  • Provide input on how consumers and communities feel and think about certain issues and health needs;
  • Be active participants on committees, Health Councils and special interest working groups to ensure the consumer and community concerns are recognised.
Check out our​ Participation Matters Newletter​ for the latest updates.


There are a number of carer support groups available across the Western NSW Local Health District. For more information about a carer support group in your local area, please contact one of our Carer Program Coordinators or read our carer support information.

Health Councils

There are 37 Health Councils across the Local Health District. Each Health Council is affiliated with their local Health Service. Their role includes:

  • Bringing local health needs to the attention of the Health Service;
  • Participating in the planning and evaluation of health services;
  • Promoting and improving the health of the local community in partnership with others;
  • Developing and strengthening their networks across the community.

As vacancies arise on the Health Council, a recruitment and selection process occurs. This includes calling for nominations from the community to be on the Health Council and appointing successful applicants. Health Councillors are appointed for an initial term of 2 years after which they have the option to re-nominate for another term.

For more information about your Health Council please contact your local health facility.

Special interest groups

The Local Health District has a number of committees and working groups that focus on specific areas of interest. Membership and level of involvement will depend on the purpose of the committee or group.  We currently have community and consumer representatives on:

  • Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Community Reference Groups (Dubbo)
  • Orange Palliative Care Services Community Consultative Committee

Find out more

Contact Details

Illona Dunn ​​​​​​​

Manager, Community Engagement

(02) 6371 9971 ​​​​​​​

illona.dunn@health.nsw.gov.au ​​​