Southern NSW Local Health District is committed to working collaboratively with patient, families, carers, and the community to build happy, healthy lives throughout our region. It is important that our services are responsive to the needs of our community and those needs are best identified by the people we care for. Our community are key partners in their health service, to help us innovative and drive positive change.
What is the role of a Community Consultation Committee (CCC)?
Important community leadership role
Connect with local networks
Identify health information needs of the local community
Contribute views of community to health service planning and delivery – quality, safety, access and equity
And participate in development and evaluation of community engagement strategies
The key objectives of CCCs are to:
Comment on the delivery of health services and whether or not the services are meeting the needs of the local community in terms of quality, safety, access and equity
Provide community input about specific consumer needs when capital building works are planned for the local health service
Support and assist with local fundraising efforts for identified needs of local health services
Facilitate communication and cooperation between SNSWLHD, local service providers and communities
Increase community knowledge and understanding of health issues including providing information on healthy lifestyle behaviours and treatment options to consumers and the community, e.g.: expos
Promote community views and provide advice and support on community engagement issues for Health District staff
Ensure the needs of disadvantaged groups are identified and considered
Participate in the evaluation of community engagement activity
Network with key local agencies to take into account related aspects such as transport or employment that impact on the broader health of a community
There are 11 committees across the Health District
- Bega Valley
Committees act as an important link between the community and the Health District to ensure that important local knowledge is considered when planning for the provision of health services. They offer an opportunity for consumers and community members to represent the interests of their communities and contribute viewpoints that help shape a quality health service that meets the needs of the local population.
Committee members are appointed by the Chief Executive and Board Chair of the Health District.
What is in it for consumer and communities?
The value for communities is that they can:
Have a better understanding of what services are available locally
Contribute to building a safe, high-quality health care system
Be involved and influence how services are offered to meet community needs and perspectives
Contribute their knowledge and connections to support a healthy community in their local area
Be part of efforts to increase community capacity to address local health issues
Expect to receive information and training to increase their capacity to advocate for their communities
For more information, please contact Renata Sheehan, Community Engagement Manager, phone 0477 322 107.