Dental Health Services Victoria Community Advisory Committee

DHSV is looking for consumers to join its Community Advisory Committee

Background and Purpose

DHSV provides Victorians with quality oral healthcare through The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) and by purchasing dental services for consumers from more than 50 community dental agencies throughout Victoria.

Our aim is to add value to the relationships we have with all agencies to provide support in the provision of oral health services to as many eligible people as possible.

The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to:

  • provide advice and direction to the Board of Directors of DHSV to assist the Board in carrying out its community engagement and participation responsibilities, and its statutory requirements
  • involve the community and consumers in the decision-making process regarding DHSV policy development, service planning, design and delivery
  • advise the Board through recommendations and suggestions regarding appropriate strategies for effective consumer and community participation

The Consumer Role

We are looking to appoint a minimum of three consumers who have the capacity to represent different communities that DHSV serves. CAC members should also be able to reflect the special needs and interests of specific communities to assist DHSV with consultation processes. As an applicant you should have knowledge of health issues and needs from one or more of the following perspectives:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations
  • People who are asylum seekers or refugees
  • Gender diverse or LGBTQI people
  • Older people
  • New parents
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Young people
  • People with chronic health conditions
  • People with mental illness
  • People with disability
  • People with alcohol or drugs addiction
  • Families and carers
  • Veterans
  • Other group(s) not listed

Duration of appointment to the CAC is up to 3 years. At the end of the term, an EOI for re-appointment can be submitted.

Individuals currently employed or engaged in the provision of health services are ineligible for membership. A Terms of Reference can be made available upon application.


The CAC meets quarterly, with the next meeting scheduled for August 9, 2019.


Consumers will be provided with a sitting fee of $25 per hour for meetings and workshops. Reimbursements for travel are also available and additional out-of-pocket expenses will be considered and agreed upon prior to appointment.

To Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter (contact details below) addressing the following Key Selection Criteria. The CAC Members:

  • Will be 16 years of age and over
  • Will be eligible to use DHSV services or capable of representing DHSV users
  • Will preferably have established links with health consumer or community networks. These links could be demonstrated by an affiliation with an interest group or health peak body. The potential to develop such links will be considered where the person or the family has been a patient of DHSV.
  • Can articulate the potential issues that confront patients, families and carers who receive services from DHSV
  • Have a capacity to work constructively with fellow committee members and service providers
  • Have knowledge or skills in community consultation or be willing to learn
  • Possess experience being involved in a marginalised community: working, volunteering or taking part in committees or groups.

Contact details

For further details contact Jo Szczepanska on 9341-1801 or at: COMMUNITY@DHSV.ORG.AU 

Closing Date for Applications

Ongoing. Initial round concludes June 10, 2019

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