10 October 2023

Your chance to make a difference: LHAC calls for volunteers to help shape health services

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Keith Wood, Gundagai LHAC Chair and Margaret King, Griffith LHAC Chair

The Local Health Advisory Committee is all about achieving better health service outcomes. Photo: LHAC/Facebook.

The Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join the organisation to bring forward ideas and advocate for the region’s community needs.

LHAC provides a vital connection between the community and health service activities. The committee members work with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) to identify local service needs and ways to improve access to services, and assist in planning and development.

MLHD said those looking to join the committee did not need to be experienced in the health field.

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“Our LHAC members come from all walks of life and are united in their desire to improve health outcomes for local people,” said MLHD community engagement manager Setchen Brimson.

“Many of our LHAC members have been involved in fantastic projects, initiatives and ideas that have resulted in positive outcomes for their community.

“The key to being a good advocate is the ability to have your finger on the pulse of your local community and the ability to speak up and represent these community needs and concerns when you’re at the discussion table.”

In May, LHAC held a two-day conference, themed Growing Our Own, at Gundgai where patients and carer advocates of MLHD shared ideas and projects, discussed health issues and heard about innovations to promote health careers, and attract and retain a rural health workforce.

MLHD and MPHN hold these forums twice a year for LHAC members.

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In 2022, the Regional Health Division of NSW Health released the Strengthening Local Health Committees report on local health committees’ role in engaging the community.

To become an LHAC member, you must complete an application form and have the screening processes necessary for the particular activity or group you would like to participate in.

Click here to find out more about how you can join your Local Health Advisory Committee.

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