Month: June 2020

Fiona Stanley Hospital Consumer Advisory Council members sought

Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) is recruiting new members to help represent the patient voice. The council provides advocacy for the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care services across the south metropolitan area.

A consumer is a potential, current or previous user of Fiona Stanley Hospital, and CAC membership aims to reflect the diversity of the local community.

To learn more about the CAC, visit the Fiona Stanley Hospital webpage

If you are interested in joining the CAC, you can complete the Expression of Interest form on the webpage or contact the Consumer Advisory Council by phoning 6152 4013 or by email on

For more information click here


Mental Health Network Youth Mental Health Sub Network

The Mental Health Network (MHN) aims to improve outcomes for people with mental health issues by building capability and leadership and strengthening the provision and coordination of care and support across the State.

The MHN achieves this by:

  • Engaging: Enabling consumers, families/carers, health professionals, health and community services, the Mental Health Commission and Department of Health WA to engage and collaborate effectively;
  • Learning: Sharing information, experience and ideas; and,
  • Informing: Providing independent and informed advice.

We are seeking expressions of interest for steering committee members, to contribute as part of the Youth Mental Health Sub Network Steering Committee. The Youth Mental Health Sub Network Steering Committee invites expressions of interest from:

  • Young people with personal experience of mental health challenges
  • Families, carers or supporters (support persons1) of young people who have experienced mental health challenges

Click here for more information about this opportunity. The deadline for responses is 4pm, Sunday 28 June.

For any more information please contact: Warwick Smith or Lyn Millett, Co-Chair/s, Youth Mental Health Sub Network Steering Committee by email or

More information about the Mental Health Network is online at the Mental Health Commission’s website

To apply:
Please provide a brief written expression of interest and resume and return it by 4pm, 28 June 2020.

  • Email to: with Youth Mental Health Steering Committee Application in the subject line.
  • Post to: The Mental Health Commission Attention: Bianca Fish GPO Box X2299 Perth Business Centre WA, 6847
  • Hand deliver to Mental Health Commission, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth WA.

Consumer assessors National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

The NSQHS Standards were developed by the Commission in collaboration with the Australian Government, states and territories, private sector providers, clinical experts, patients and carers. The primary aims of the NSQHS Standards are to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision. The eight NSQHS Standards provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health services. You can find out more about the Standards at

Accreditation to the Standards is carried out by independent organisations. At least one of these (the Australian Council for Healthcare Standards – ACHS) recruits consumers to the position of assessors. If you are interested in being a consumer assessor the process involves:

  • Completing the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care’s (ACSQHC) online orientation program covering:
    • the National Standards 2nd Edition
    • on-line training on the Colonoscopy Care Standard
    • and the Core Cultural Learning – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia Foundation Course.

Information about this online training is on the ACSQHC website at

The current deadline for enrolment in this ACSQHC course is 13 November 2020. And the deadline for completion is 31 December 2020.

To be considered for the next step in being an assessor, there are specific requirements when completing this online course. Information about these requirements are on the website above.

It is also possible to enrol in the course on a non-certificate basis – this might be of interest to anyone who would like to deepen their understanding of the Standards.

  • For ACHS – it then normally involves a 3 day in person training in Sydney. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, they are in the process of reviewing their approach. If you are accepted on to the training (which involves an application process), ACHS would fund travel and accommodation costs to take part in the training, but there is no other payment.
    • This training is hands-on and involves the practical application of the knowledge gained through the orientation program.
    • Assessors may then apply to become paid (honorarium assessors) after they have completed 1 trainee and 2 probationary assessments, this application can only be made where there is no other income received for the assessment period. At the time of writing, upon approval the rate is $430 per day for assessment days only (exc travel days and report writing)
    • Currently there are no agreed dates for this training. ACHS are accepting application on a rolling basis. To apply you must complete an application form with ACHS and provide certificates of completion for the three online modules (above).
    • Information about ACHS Assessors is on their website at
  • The Commission requires assessors employed in health services to undertake a minimum of 10 assessment days per annum and those not employed a minimum of 20 days. This would also apply to people registering as consumer assessors.