Community Advisory Committees For the Hunter New England Rural and Hunter Metro areas

Fact Sheet

The Hunter New England Central Coast (HNECC) Primary Health Network (PHN) is seeking Expressions of Interest for membership of two of its Community Advisory Committees; one to be based in Newcastle and cover the Greater Newcastle and Lower Mid North Coast areas, the other to be based in possibly Tamworth and cover the New England and Upper Hunter areas.

The role of these Community Advisory Committees is to provide the Board of HNECC PHN with locally relevant perspectives on community health issues. These will specifically relate to primary health care, which is the frontline of Australia’s health care system. It can be provided in the home or in community-based settings such as in general practices, other private practices, community health, local government, and non-government service settings for example, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Our Community Advisory Committees will consist of community members who have a keen interest in health and understanding of primary care. They will be committed to improving access and navigation of the health system for the members of the community in which they live.

The groups will advise the HNECC PHN Board, through an allocated Board representative, on how best to improve health and wellness in their region, provide insight into identified health issues and present strategies and ideas that will lead to more effective and sustainable outcomes for their local community.

Applicants must be residents of the Hunter or New England areas of the HNECC PHN (see appended map) and will be selected as individuals, not as representatives of any organisation(s).
Committee make-up

Three Community Advisory Committees are being established in the HNECC region in line with our Clinical Councils. There will be a Hunter New England Rural Committee, Hunter Metropolitan Committee and a Central Coast Committee. The Central Coast Community Advisory Committee is being developed in partnership with the Local Health District and will be the subject of a separate process. This Fact Sheet deals with the current Expression of Interest process for the two new Councils in the Hunter New England region.

A HNECC PHN Board member will be allocated to each group as a representative. This member, in concert with the Chair, will provide the conduit to the Board and be tasked with reporting issues and recommendations from the committee and providing relevant feedback on the outcomes.

Meetings

The Hunter New England Rural Committee will meet in probably Tamworth, depending on the location of members, and the Hunter Metro Committee will meet in Newcastle.

There will be four meetings each year held during the day. In the initial stages these may be for a duration of up to four hours and may require to be face-to-face. As the Committee matures the use of teleconferencing and video conferencing facilities will be available.

Travel and any other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed for attendance at meetings.

Support

Community Advisory Support Officers have been appointed to support these groups.

The Community Advisory Support Officers are responsible for coordination of meetings, collation of agenda items, minute taking, facilitating communications for the group with other community members and/or groups and health professionals, support for writing recommendations to the HNECC Board and facilitating projects the Board approves for the group to undertake.

The Clinical and Community Advisory Support Officer for both Committees that are the subject of this Expression of Interest is Trish Gulliford who is based in our Tamworth office:
Hunter New England Central Coast PHN
PO Box 722
TAMWORTH NSW 2340
Email: tgulliford@hneccphn.com.au

Karina Dafter is the Clinical and Community Advisory Support Officer for the Central Coast Community Advisory Committee and is based in our Newcastle Office. For any times that Trish is unavailable Karina will provide secondary support to the Hunter New England Rural and Hunter Metro Community Advisory Committees.

Other Opportunities

HNECC PHN also plans to develop a bank of contacts it can consult with regarding local health issues. These consultations might be around particular areas of need or experiences in a particular location and will be used to inform the deliberations of the Community Advisory Committees, the PHN’s planning processes and it’s understanding of the state of health in the region.

Should you not wish to be part of a formal committee but would like to be consulted in the above manner, please lodge your interest by completing just the personal details at the top of the Expression of Interest form and ticking the “yes” box to be included in the bank of contacts. Your local Clinical and Community Advisory Support officer will then contact you to confirm your specific areas of interest and communication details. Please note that these communications will be via email so only those with current, active email accounts will be eligible to join.


Hunter and New England Areas of the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network

 

Applications close at 8:00am on Monday 29th February, 2016 and should be returned to Trish Gulliford at TGulliford@hneccphn.com.au