The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a legislated and strategic advisory committee to the Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) Board of Directors. The CAC provides advice and guidance to the AWH Board regarding engagement with consumers, carers and community members.
The CAC brings the voices of the community and consumers into the decision-making processes of AWH to ensure we develop services that are responsive to the needs of our diverse community. CAC members provide information and advice on needs, demands and service developments from a community perspective.
What is the purpose and role of the Community Advisory Committee?
The CAC’s key purpose is to increase consumer, carer and community participation in the delivery of health services provided by AWH. Their role is to:
- advocate to the AWH Board on behalf of the community, consumers and carers; and
- provide direction and leadership in the integration of consumer, carer and community views at all levels of AWH’s health service operations, planning and policy development.
Who are the Community Advisory Committee members?
The CAC has 8-12 members appointed by the AWH Board. Membership includes community representatives and AWH Board Directors, supported by members of the AWH executive team. Community members are appointed as individuals, not as representatives of any organisation. Members are chosen for their ability to provide a consumer, care and/or community perspective and for their demonstrated interest and passion to improve health service delivery.
Members of the CAC are nominated representatives on various AWH Working Groups and Committees including the Board sub-committees for quality and primary care and population health; the person-centred care committee and patient information project.
- Lisa Ryan – Chair and Board Director
- Anna Speedie - Deputy Chair and Board Director
- Matt Burke, OAM – AWH Board Chair
- Louise Lowe - community member
- Lucie Wallis - community member
- Tracey Fraser - community member
- Herman Veltkamp - community member
- Victoria Bryant - community member
Community Advisory Committee Achievements include input into AWH’s
- Strategic Plan
- Quality of Care Report
- Clinical Services Plan
- Emergency Department Redevelopment
Consumer Participation is important at AWH
- Consumer participation is a democratic right
- Health professionals sometimes do not see things from a consumer perspective
- Consumer participation is one way to improve services to ensure they are inclusive of all groups
- Consumer participation can help improve health outcomes
- Consumer participation can assist AWH to develop new models of care
- Consumers can contribute to improvements in quality and safety
Would you like to help us to improve your health service?
Would you like to gain experience representing consumer interests?
There are a number of CAC vacancies available now!
To ensure our CAC represents our diverse community, we are seeking community members who:
- are looking to positively and actively contribute to our organisation,
- are able to engage with, and liaise with, a broad range of consumers to ensure that their needs, interests and aspirations for a safe, reliable, responsive health service are reflected in the advice provided,
- are able to assist AWH in achieving its Strategic Plan and objectives,
- are interested in working collaboratively with us to improve the quality and accessibility of AWH services.
Members are appointed by the Board as individuals, rather than as representatives of organisations. Appointments are for a renewable term of up to three years and for a maximum of two terms. The positions are voluntary, with reimbursement to cover costs of attending meetings if required (travel, child care, etc).
For further information
Contact Janet Chapman, AWH Deputy CEO on 02 6058 4823 or contact us via the AWH Board enquiry form for an information package.