Volunteers now have the opportunity to submit their applications to join Murrumbidgee Local Health Advisory Committees (LHAC).
Committee members share a desire to ensure successful and sustained health services that will meet the future needs of the people across their region.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) community engagement manager Stechen Brimson said it is important LHAC volunteers have a wide and varied range of interest in which they bring to the table.
"We are particularly looking for people who are well connected in their area and can speak with people from all different backgrounds to get a real sense of what's going on in their community, and where the needs and gaps are," Mr Brimson said.
"What's most important is that LHAC members can give consumers in their region a voice that is heard, and they can play a pivotal role in informing health providers in making changes to future services."
Each LHAC plays a role in helping to inform decisions that are made in primary and acute care by advocating for health consumers in their area.
Members will meet monthly and consist each committee comprises of 'around seven community members', a clinical representative and a staff representative from MLHD.
Committees are supported by the MLHD and the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) and are provided with funding opportunities to work on projects which align to the strategic direction of both organisations.
Each committee works with the MPHN in areas such as understanding the primary care needs of people in their region.
Members will participate in health needs analysis, community led planning, conversations on the couch and other co-design opportunities to ensure that community interested and concerns are taken into consideration when planning to provide service delivery.
Feedback is then provided by the MPHN on acute care services offered in hospital settings, as well as other public health services including aged care and community nursing.
Applications close in January.
For more information visit: www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/get-involved or call Setchen Brimson on 0477 359 764.
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