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Community Council

Community Council

The SNHN Community Council represent their community as people with life experience from the following areas – Aged Care, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (including refugees), Youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Disability, Community and Family Health, Chronic conditions, Mental Health, Carers, and Homelessness.

Comprising of 10-12 members representing diverse communities, health priorities and perspectives, the Community Council has provided consultation and feedback throughout 2017/18 on:

  • The SNHN Activity Plan
  • HealthPathways
  • Digital self-management tools
  • Mental Health Services
  • After Hours Services
  • Local Coordinated Networks
  • Healthy Living SNAPO (Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical Activity and Obesity) programs
  • Community Campaigns and Events
  • PeopleBank
  • Health Literacy Projects

The Community Council is a highly engaged, inspired group of people committed to ensuring that appropriate healthcare services are provided where needed to achieve the best outcomes for people in the region.

Community Council members represent numerous community groups, raise public concerns in response to gaps in primary care (any healthcare provided outside of hospitals). The members are advocates for their community and provide vital information and resources back into the local community. The Community Council give the broader Northern Sydney community an important voice in shaping local healthcare.

For more information about the SNHN Community Council click here for the Terms of Reference.

How to get Involved

SNHN are seeking new consumer representatives for the Community Council with life experience in the following areas:   Aboriginal Community; Youth health (including mental health); LGBTQI; Climate and Health;

  • Have you experienced the local health system in the last 5 years?
  • Do you want to help shape your local health system?
  • Are you passionate about health?

If this sounds like you, please consider expressing an interest in joining the Community Council.

What would be expected of me?

  1. To consult and feedback to SNHN on key areas, to help inform the development, implementation and evaluation of services and programs
  2. Contributing and sharing your experiences while thinking how it relates to the broader community.
  3. Attending meetings at Chatswood (6 meetings/year):
    • Community Council meetings are held four times/year, on the second Monday of every second month, 12noon – 2pm AND
    • Joint Community and Clinical Council meetings are held on Wednesday evenings in June and December
  1. On occasion you may be asked to provide feedback between meetings

What should I expect?

  1. You will be supported by the SNHN staff to participate, so your voice and opinions are heard.

Criteria for suitability

  1. Residing or working in the Northern Sydney NSPHN region [link to map]
  2. Life experience (either self or family member) in the key areas:
    • Aboriginal Community
    • Youth health-including mental health
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI)
    • Climate and Health

For more information visit: https://sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au/expression-interest-community-council/ 

To express you interest in joining the Community Council: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6P76Z39

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