Committee Vacancies

HCCA Health Policy Steering Committee


This is an internal HCCA committee. The Committee membership includes two members of the HCCA Executive Committee and three HCCA members.

The Health Policy Steering Committee provides oversight and advice in relation to HCCA policy submissions and position statements. The members of this committee will work with the HCCA Policy Officer on policy work of high priority to HCCA to ensure our policy submissions reflect the interests and experiences of our members and the community more broadly. This committee will also provide advice about the key messages in HCCA policy submissions and play a role in evaluating HCCA policy work. This committee may also provide advice on consumer issues identified by HCCA members and the ACT community. For more information on this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee will meet for 1.5 hours every second month. This committee meets from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the HCCA offices on the third Tuesday of every second month. The next meeting for new members is February 16 2016. Meeting times may be changed pending the availability of committee members.

Members of this committee will be required to compete work out of session. This work is likely to include reviewing draft policy submissions. The members of this committee will also:

- Be an active and financial member of HCCA
- Demonstrate significant understanding and interest in policy and policy development
- Have sound communication and negotiation skills
- Have an excellent understanding of meeting procedures and proven ability to work well on a committee

We are seeking nominations from current HCCA members to fill two general positions available.  Please note these positions are not limited to consumer representatives. Committee terms are two years.


Nominations close Thursday 26 November 2015. Please find the nomination form here.  Nominations will be considered by the President, Vice President and Executive Director of HCCA against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form and selection criteria above for more details. 



Allied Health Research Support Grants Program Judging Panel


This grants program aims to build research capacity in allied health staff and support the translation of evidence to practice in health service delivery and education. The grants are up to $5000 and will be awarded to programs that ideally involve at least 2 different health professional disciplines with a clinical service or education focus. For more information on the grants program, please see the form above.

This is an opportunity to be part of the panel to select the successful applicants.


Meeting Details
The panel will meet from 9:30am to 11:30am on Tuesday 8 December in the City. The applications will be sent to the panel for their perusal on Wednesday 25 November.


There are no special requirements for this panel.


Nominations for this committee close Wednesday 25 November 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. For more information please see here.





Cancer Ambulatory & Community Health Support (CACHS) Clinical Governance Committee Meeting

This committee provides a forum for over-arching clinical governance of CACHS. The committee receives reports on quality and safety issues, morbidity and mortality and work safety. The committee provides leadership around all clinical functions of the Division, including quality improvement activities, policies, Standard Operating Procedures, research and Riskman incident reporting. For more information on this committee please see the Terms of Reference above.

Meeting Details
This committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Canberra Hospital.

Special Requirements
The successful nominee will have experience in meeting procedures. Please note this does not exclude new consumer representatives.

Nominations for this committee close Wednesday 25 November 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. For more information please see here.





 Conference Sponsorship Positions


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


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.



Photostrip for training

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 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.


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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