Committee Vacancies

ACT Dementia Services Advisory Group

ACT Health has established a project to develop and implement the first ACT Dementia Services Action Plan. This action plan will improve coordination and access to public health services for people living with dementia and their carers. To progress this work an ACT Dementia Services Advisory Group will be convened to inform the direction and scope of the Action Plan.

Please see the Terms of Reference above for more details.

 

Meeting Details: Meetings will occur monthly from February through August 2016. Meetings are on the third Monday of each month from 3-4pm at The Canberra Hospital. 


Requirements:There are no specific requirements for this role.

 

Nominations: Nominations close Monday 22 February 2016. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 


Paediatrics Quality and Safety Committee

This committee aims to improve care delivery for children and young people at the Canberra Hospital.

Please see the Terms of Reference above for more details.

 

Meeting Details: The Paediatrics Quality and Safety Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 9am, at the Canberra Hospital.


Requirements: There are no specific requirements for this role.

Nominations: Nominations close Monday 22 February 2016. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 


Policy Advisory Committee

 

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This committee evaluates changes to high-level ACT Health Directorate policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to determine whether they meet policy management criteria, which aims to ensure appropriate stakeholder consultation has occurred, the policy meets legal obligations, and the purpose and scope of the policy is clear and able to be evaluated. The consumer representative on this committee will not be required to provide consumer input to all policies and SOPs put before the committee. Their role will be to ensure that the consumer perspective has been sought and heard as required when these documents were developed, and to participate in discussion around whether the policy or SOP meets the policy management criteria.

Please see the Terms of Reference above for more details.

 

Meeting Details: This committee meets on the first Thursday of every month from 9:30am to 11:30am on Moore Street in the Canberra City.

 

Requirements: As this is a high-level committee, the successful nominee will have experience in meeting procedures and policy review. The successful nominee will also be required to undertake a large amount of work out of session and must have regular access to a computer. This does not exclude new consumer representatives.

 

Nominations: Nominations close Monday 22 February 2016. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.


Women, Youth and Children’s Community Services Quality and Safety Committee

This committee aims to monitor and improve the standard of clinical care for Women, Youth and Children Unit Community Health Program (WYCCHP) clients through effective structures, systems and processes.
The Community Health Program oversees a wide variety of health services provided in the community- they are not an extension of hospital or acute care. Often the recipients of care are ‘well’ but need support through a period of increased health vulnerability (e.eg families with young or teenaged children) and/ or they are vulnerable because of trauma or low income. Some of the services include:

• Women’s Health Services
• Maternal and Child Health Services (MACH)
• School-based health services, screening and immunisation
• Social work support for parents of young children.
• Physiotherapy
• Community Paediatrics and Child Health Service

Please see the Terms of Reference above for more details.

 

Meeting Details: This committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10am-12pm, at level 3 of 1 Moore Street, Civic.

 

Requirements: There are no specific requirements for this role.

 

Nominations:  Nominations close Monday 22 February 2016. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.


Calvary Non-Admitted Patient Services Project Steering Committee



This committee is developing a new model of care to streamline operational processes across all non-admitted services (outpatient and ambulatory care) at Calvary to provide patients with timely and equitable access, and the highest quality of patient centred care in the best available facilities. The estimated end date of the project is June 2016.

Please see the Terms of Reference above for more details.

 

Meeting Details: Meetings of this committee are scheduled approximately fortnightly, but these are flexible and may vary based on project schedule and stakeholder availability. Meetings are held at Calvary Hospital, Bruce.

 

Requirements:There are no specific requirements for this role.

 

Nominations: Nominations close Monday 22 February 2016. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

Conference Sponsorship Positions

 There are currently no conference sponsorship positions. Please check back soon!

Training

Health Care Consumers' Association of the ACT (HCCA) provides training for people interested in becoming consumer representatives. The training is free and conducted in a relaxed atmosphere. People share their views and experiences of health services in the ACT, and learn about consumer participation and how it benefits the health system. Participants meet experienced consumer representatives and hear about the consumer representative role first hand.

 

Excerpts from training evaluations:

 

"Speakers engaged the trainees at their level - exchanges between equals - which meant that there was no barrier to the absorption of the information by the trainees." 

 

"Hayley's presentation on Day 2 was inspirational."

 

"Great session - great objectives and session outlines." 

 

 

Consumer representative training covers the following modules: 

 

• What is consumer participation?

• What are consumer perspectives? 

• Navigating our health system 


• The importance of health literacy

• How to keep ourselves safe in our health system

 

 

Our consumer representative training dates for 2016 are as follows:


• Saturday 7 and Saturday 14 May 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
• Friday 11 and Friday 18 November 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

 

If you would like more information about the training or to register your interest contact the office on 6230 7800.

 

 

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How to become a member

 

Step 1: Fill in a Membership Application Form.  Each person applying for membership must fill out the membership application form and sign the declaration that they agree to accept and fully support the Aims and Objectives of the Association.

 

Step 2: Your application will be considered by the Executive Committee (EC) at the first meeting after receiving your application.  If you agree to accept and fully support the Aims and Objectives of the Association and have applied in accordance with the application process, your application is likely to be accepted.

 

Step 3: If you application is accepted, you will be sent a letter of confirmation from HCCA.  If the EC decides that an applicant is not suitable to become a HCCA member, the Executive Director will send a letter to that applicant outlining why the EC has decided not to accept their membership application. The membership fee and any donation received will be returned to the applicant with the letter.

 

Renewal of Membership

The membership period is three years. Renewal of membership is due on 1 July in the year of expiry.  All members should renew their membership at the end of the three year membership term.

 

Where any member fails to renew by September 30 in the year the membership expires, their membership will lapse and will not be reinstated until the fee is paid. If a membership has lapsed for more than a calendar year they will be required to reapply for membership.

 

If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please fill in the appropriate form below and return it to HCCA with your payment.

 

 

Reimbursement for Out of Pocket Expenses

ACT Health recognises that consumer representatives should not be left out of pocket from their consumer representative work. All ACT Health committees provide reimbursement for expenses. The current rate of reimbursement is $75.00 per two hour meeting, and a pro-rata rate for meetings longer than two hours. This payment is intended to cover any costs incurred as a result of consumer representative work, such as petrol, parking, printing meeting papers and childcare. Most but not all other non-government health service committees have a similar rate of reimbursement.

 

The ACT Health Consumer, Carer and Community Representative Reimbursement Policy can be found on their website. Our CRP team liaise with the committee Chairs to ensure consumer representatives receive reimbursement. 

 

As of August 2013, the ACT Health Consumer, Carer and Community Representative Policy has changed.  The latest policy can be downloaded below.

 

 

What is a member?

 

HCCA encourages people and organisations who share its aims, objectives and values to become members of HCCA, and recognises that diversity in its membership is very important to strengthening direct consumer involvement in health decision making.

 

HCCA offers membership to both individuals and organisations which benefit them in a variety of ways including:

  • receipt of the newsletter
  • attendance and voting rights (individuals only) at the AGM
  • access to all services and new publications
  • access to attend EC meetings
  • invitation to activities, launches and other HCCA functions.

Consumer Representatives are required to be a member of HCCA if the organisation is to endorse their participation.  The exception to this is for those consumer representatives who are members of consumer organisations that HCCA recognises.

 

Our Membership Policy was endorsed by the Executive Committee in June 2015 and can be downloaded below.

 

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