Royal Women's Hospital Consumer Advisory Committee

The Royal Women's Hospital is looking to recruit new members for its Community Advisory Committee

Purpose

The Royal Women's Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is appointed by and reports to the Board of Directors (“the Board”) of the Royal Women’s Hospital (“the Women’s”). The Committee:

  • Promotes improved outcomes for patients and the broader community
  • Ensures the diverse views and cultures of women and their families
  • Advocates to the Board for partnering effectively with consumers
  • Monitors the implementation of the Women’s Patient and Consumer Experiences Strategy
  • Provides advice on the development and implementation of new and revised consumer partnering requirements
  • Promotes the work of the Women’s across our local networks and communities

Role of the Consumer

The composition of the Committee aims to reflect the interests of the diversity of women and their families who use or may use the services of the Women’s, with a focus on the needs of marginalised women.

Each member is appointed for an initial period of one year. After one year, the Committee Chair will undertake a review with new members in order to determine whether they will be offered a following two year period of appointment. Committee members have the option of re-applying for a second term of three years with the Board and Committee Chair’s approval.

Skills and experience required:

  • Strong commitment to improving patient and consumer experience and partnerships
  • Lived experience as patient, family member or carer the Women’s is highly valued, but not essential
  • Willingness to promote the work of the Women’s across our local networks and communities, and bring the voices of communities into the work of the Committee
  • A willingness to participate thoughtfully and collaboratively as a member of the committee.
  • Time to attend six meetings per year (2 hour meetings, incorporating the PCX Steering Committee)
  • Time to read committee papers prior to meeting (1-2 hours per meeting)

In line with the Health Service Act 1988 guidelines for Community Advisory Committees, patients, consumers, carers and community members should be emphasised for this role.

The selection process “give(s) preference to those people who are not a registered (health) provider, and not currently nor recently employed in the "provision of health”. There are no mandatory qualifications and professional registration requirements.

Remuneration

Appropriate funds will be provided to members for out-of-pocket expenses such as travel costs, etc. The sitting fee is $50 for attendance at RWH Community Advisory Committee meetings. Taxi vouchers or car park exit passes are also provided to Committee members.

To Apply

If you would like to apply to be a member of the Women’s Community Advisory Committee, please write a short application that outlines:

  • Your interest in being a member of the Community Advisory Committee
  • Any relevant experience and skills, as detailed in Section 5 (Skills and Experience)

We encourage you to read the Women’s 2018 Annual Report and the Women’s Strategic Plan.

Please submit your application via email: communityengagement@thewomens.org.au

We can provide support in the application for people with disabilities, or if you have other access needs, just let us know. Any questions can be directed to Louise Sampson, Community Engagement Coordinator, tel (03) 8345 2045 or email louise.sampson@thewomens.org.au.

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