Why become a member?
Our members are critical to our effectiveness in providing a consumer voice on health issues in Canberra and our region. Your input makes health services work better and improves health outcomes for individual consumers and for the wider communities. Organisations that share our aims, objectives and values can also join HCCA as organisational members.
Membership benefits include:
- be eligible to nominate to be a consumer representative
- take part in forums and information sessions about health services
- access training and support
- be involved in consultations, planning and decision making about health services in the ACT
- apply for financial support to attend health conferences and events
- participate in our Consumers Reference Groups
- nominate to be a member of our Executive Committee
- vote at Annual General Meetings
Being a current member is essential for you to be eligible to be a consumer representative on committees.
Further details about HCCA’s membership is contained in our membership policy.
Membership is free!
Our Executive Committee has waived the usual membership fee for the 2021-2024 period, so joining HCCA is free at the moment. But we welcome donations at any time. Donations are used to support us in our work to improve the quality and safety of health services and ensure our health system meets the needs of consumers and our communities.
Process to become a member
Step 1: Fill in a Membership Application Form. You can complete it online or in hard copy.
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 your application is accepted, you will be sent a letter of confirmation from HCCA. If the EC does not approve your application to become a HCCA member, the Executive Director will send you a letter outlining why the EC has not approved your membership application.
Renewal of membership
The membership period is three years. Membership renewal is due on 1 July in the year of expiry. Current HCCA members will receive an email with a link to renew their membership a couple of months before the due date.
If a member fails to renew by September 30 their membership will lapse and will not be reinstated until a renewal form is provided. If a membership has lapsed for more than a calendar year they will be required to reapply for membership.