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The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join health advisory groups.

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. This is to ensure the service is delivering the best possible outcomes 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).

Enthusiastic community members

NNSWLHD Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, said the advisory groups are comprised of enthusiastic community members, keen to contribute to improving local health services. ‘We are looking for people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience to join our network of advisory groups,’ said Mr Jones.

‘We value contributions from patients, carers and the community in helping to build better services across the region and a healthier community.’

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

Participate in a wide range of activities

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.

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

NNSWLHD is committed to achieving a diverse membership and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applicants will be required to complete an expression of interest and screening. 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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