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Community Consultation Committee

One of the best ways of gaining the views and perspectives of community members is through their representation on Community Consultation Committees.

Southern NSWLHD has 11 of these committees across the District in:

  • Bega  Valley
  • Bombala
  • Braidwood
  • Cooma
  • Crookwell
  • Delegate
  • Eurobodalla
  • Goulburn
  • Jindabyne
  • Queanbeyan
  • Yass

In addition to the listed Community Consultation Committees, the Pambula Health Service Community Engagement Committee has also been established. Broader issues in relation to the health of the Pambula Community are considered by the Bega Valley Community Consultation Committee.

These Committees (including Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) Committees) act as a significant 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.

Persons appointed by the Chief Executive and Board Chair of SNSWLHD to be members of Community Consultation Committees are appointed to represent the broader interests of the community and the Health District in preference to their individual interests and the interests of a particular group.

What is the role of a Community Consultation Committee?

  • Important community leadership role
  • Connect with local networks
  • Identify health information needs of their community
  • Contribute views of community to health service planning and delivery – quality, safety, access, equity
  • Participate in development and evaluation of community engagement strategy

The key objectives of CCCs are to:

  • Comment on the delivery of local health services and whether or not they are meeting the needs of the 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 SNSW LHD, local service providers and communities
  • Increase community knowledge and understanding of health issues including the provision of information on healthy lifestyle behaviours and treatment options to consumers and the community
  • Advocate for community views and provide advice and support on community engagement issues for SNSW LHD staff
  • Ensure the needs of disadvantaged groups are identified and specifically 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

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 their needs and perspectives
  • Contribute their knowledge and connections to support a healthy community in their locality
  • 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

Multi-Purpose Service Committees

In addition to their Community Consultation Committee role, MPS Committees provide advice to the Facility and General Managers on the health, aged care and community support needs of their local community.  Members should initiate and facilitate communication between the community and the Health District and should assist in the development of a service plan for the facility. MPS Committees are regarded as the Community Consultation Committee for their community.

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