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 www.fsh.health.wa.gov.au/About-us/Consumer-Advisory-Council
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 FSHFeedback@health.wa.gov.au
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
More information about the Mental Health Network is online at the Mental Health Commission’s website https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/about-us/mental-health-network/
Please provide a brief written expression of interest and resume and return it by 4pm, 28 June 2020.
- Email to: MHNetwork@mhc.wa.gov.au 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.
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 https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/standards/nsqhs-standards
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 https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/standards/national-safety-and-quality-health-service-nsqhs-standards/resources-nsqhs-standards/nsqhs-standards-orientation-course
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 https://www.achs.org.au/assessors/what-is-an-assessor/
- 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.
Rockingham Peel Group (RkPG) is committed to partnering with consumers to ensure a patient-centred approach to service planning, delivery and evaluation. RkPG Consumer Advisory Council are looking for new members.
The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) establishes a formal partnership between consumer, carer and community representatives and RkPG. The CAC members provide support and advice to RkPG in order to improve the hospital experience for patients, families and other consumers.
What does the CAC do?
- Advises on the planning, development and delivery of health services.
- Provides valuable feedback on the needs of consumers, carers and the community.
- Promotes consumer, carer and community participation.
- Facilitates communication and cooperation between Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group, local service providers and the community.
- Advocates for consumers, carers and the community.
- The CAC meets monthly at Rockingham General Hospital.
Anyone can apply to become a CAC member, or register for other opportunities for consumer and carer involvement. If you would like to raise an issue or
suggestion with the CAC, or apply to be a member, please contact the Rockingham Peel Group directly.
Rockingham Peel Group Education,
Safety, Quality and Risk Department
Phone: 9599 4322
- Three consumer representative positions are now being recruited. The Department of Health is working closely with Health Consumers’ Council in the recruitment and support of consumer representatives.
- WA SHaBBVAC provides a forum for a multi-agency and community partnership in the prevention and control of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in WA.
The WA SHaBBVAC assists the WA Department of Health’s (WA DoH) Chief Health Officer (CHO) under the Public Health Act 2016. It includes members from non-government organisations, health service providers, researchers, policy-makers and representatives from affected communities.
Consumer representatives are currently being recruited.
People with lived experience of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in WA who are interested in advocating for and contributing to a coordinated public health response to these infections are encouraged to apply.
The key roles of the WA SHaBBVAC are to:
- develop and maintain partnerships amongst health service providers, researchers and non-government organisations working to prevent and manage HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs in WA
- discuss and develop innovative approaches to prevent and control HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs in WA
- provide input into the WA DoH’s state health plan and policies for HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs, taking into account matters such as prevention, education, treatment, care, surveillance, research, legal and policy issues, and evaluation
- advocate for people living with or at-risk of HIV, viral hepatitis or STIs.
WA SHaBBVAC meets three times a year for a two-hour meeting.
Remuneration for consumer representatives participation on the committee is provided.
Contact the WA SHaBBVAC Secretariat on 9222 2326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.