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Advisory group members share their knowledge, skills and experiences to improve the safety and quality of health care and patient experiences.

NNSWLHD has community advisory groups across the region with members providing
important advice, and feedback, to the local health service to ensure it is delivering for
the communities in the region.

Advisory groups have been established for the following areas: Ballina, Byron, Casino,
Grafton, Lismore, Maclean, Murwillumbah, Tweed and the Multi Purpose Service network
(Bonalbo, Kyogle, Nimbin, Urbenville).

NNSWLHD Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, said the advisory groups were comprised of
enthusiastic community members, keen to contribute to improving local health services.

Wayne Jones

‘We are looking for people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience to join our
network of advisory groups,’ Mr Jones said.
‘We value contributions from patients, carers and the community in helping to build better
services across the region and a healthier community.’

The Chair of NNSWLHD’s Community Partnership Advisory Council, Deborah Monaghan,
encouraged community members to join an advisory group and share their experiences.

‘These groups are for community members who are interested in health and want to help
build a health system that delivers for our communities now and for the future,’ Ms
Monaghan said.

‘Their advice, feedback and guidance will help deliver healthcare tailored to meet the needs of our community.’

Advisory group members have participated in a wide range of activities including reviewing patient information, participating in surveys, signage audits, recruitment panels for senior roles, and focus groups discussing the needs of patients and families.

They are selected on their health experiences and community networks, and to represent the diversity of the Northern NSW community.

Successful applicants will receive a nominal payment for each meeting to cover out-of-
pocket expenses.

For more information and to lodge an online expression of interest, visit the NNSWLHD
website, the NNSWLHD facebook page, or contact Gerald May, Community Engagement
Manager, on 0438 882 817 or email [email protected]

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