Month: October 2023

The Voice to Parliament – a health consumer lens

Australians are being asked to go to the polls on October 14th and vote on whether the Constitution should be amended to recognise a First Nations Voice to Parliament.

Health Consumers’ Council hosted a lunchtime discussion on 6 October for people in representative roles as health consumers, carers, people with lived experience or community members to meet and learn about The Voice, and discuss the implications for healthcare and health outcomes.

In this presentation, we review some factual information about The Voice developed by Reconciliation WA and look at some of the expected health impacts for Aboriginal people of The Voice.


Expression of Interest – Join the HCC Management Committee (Board)

Management Committee Member (voluntary position) 

Expression of Interest 

The Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Inc. is an independent, not for profit organisation that is passionate about ensuring the consumer is at the heart of our State’s health care system.

Our Vision is for equitable, person-centred, quality healthcare for all Western Australians.

Our Purpose is to increase the capacity of all people to influence the future direction of health care and to make informed choices.

About the role 

This year we have one Management Committee (Board) vacancy. We are interested to hear from people who bring any of the following perspectives or experience:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • Are under 40 years old
  • Have experience working with or in social enterprises
  • Have experience working with fundraising or philanthropic activities.

Management Committee meetings are usually held monthly, with remote access available.

To be eligible to be a Management Committee member, you need to be an HCC member, or be willing to become a member. You can find out about membership at

You also need to agree to the Objectives of the Health Consumers’ Council:

  1. Provide information to Consumers to assist them to obtain health care appropriate to their needs
  2. Provide advocacy for Consumers experiencing problems with the health system, particularly the vulnerable and or disadvantaged
  3. Educate Consumers about the health system in Western Australia and new/changing health issues in general
  4. Provide training and support for Consumers to assist them to influence changes in the health system to the benefit of the community
  5. Maximise Consumer participation in decision making in the health system of Western Australia

Download HCC’s rules from the ACNC website

Submitting your expression of interest 

Please prepare a cover letter outlining your answers to the following questions:

  • Why would you like to become a member of the HCC Management Committee?
  • How will your skills and experience add to the effectiveness of the HCC Management Committee and the HCC?
  • What has been your involvement in the community over the past five years, including not-for-profit organisations?
  • How do you maintain current knowledge about healthcare delivery and patient experience in WA?

Appointment process 

Confirmation of appointment to the Committee will take place at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Tuesday 28 November at 4.30pm (in person in Mount Lawley, or online via Zoom).

In the event that there is more than one nomination, a vote by members will be held at the AGM.

To apply 

Submit your letter, along with a current CV, to:

Glen Knight

HCC Management Committee

The closing date for EOIs to be received is the 23rd October