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.
Membership benefits include:
- be eligible to nominate to be a consumer representative
- continue to be eligible in your role as a consumer representative on the committees you represent
- 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
Here you can find a copy of the HCCA Membership Policy.
Process 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 your 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.
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 a renewal form is provided. 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. The Executive Committee made the decision to remove the membership fee for 2021-2024 so joining HCCA is free but we welcome donations. 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.
Last updated: 16/11/2021