The SNPHN Community Council has broad representation across the following sectors – Aged Care, CALD, Youth, Aboriginal, Disability, Law, Community & Family Health, Chronic Disease, Workforce Health, Mental Health, Carers, Governance, Veterans Health and Homelessness.
Comprising of ten members representing diverse communities, health priorities and perspectives, the Council has provided consultation and feedback on:
- The PHNs Activity Plan.
- HealthPathways and Community HealthPathways.
- Digital self-management tools.
- The Mental Health Review.
- The After Hours marketing strategy to reach culturally and linguistically diverse as well as mainstream communities.
- Local Coordinated Networks.
The 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 and their families in the region.
Community Council members represent numerous community groups, raise public concerns in response to primary care, are healthcare advocates and champions, and provide vital information and resources back into the local community.
SNPHN Community Council representatives have participated on panels co-designing the following care and service areas:
- Mental Health
- Aged Care
- Aboriginal Health
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
Information has been shared across communities and with the PHN for further dissemination to our constituency regarding screening programs (breast screening, prostate, early childhood checks); services available to support vulnerable populations; home care packages; peer mentoring; disability services and the next steps to address NDIS changes; anxiety disorders; homelessness programs and services; LGBTQI community needs; and the engagement of culturally diverse populations.
The Community Council has also engaged in new initiatives to build health literacy, improve community health outcomes and wellbeing, and deliver evidence based early intervention strategies that address risk factors from SNAPO (Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical Activity, and Obesity). This initiative was catalysed by a discussion at the Community Council on the impact of sugar on chronic illness, mental illness, diabetes, obesity, pregnancy and family health and wellbeing. The Community and Clinical Councils have meet jointly this year and will continue to work collaboratively to support proactive engagement concerning critical issues impacting on Northern Sydney communities in the Primary Health Network, and alignment regarding SNPHN priorities and activities. The enduring driver of the Community Council is to ensure that the Sydney North Health Network comprehensively address the diverse population health needs of Northern Sydney.
For more information about the SNPHN Community Council click here for the Terms of Reference.
The Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) Community Council will give the community an important voice in local healthcare. Individual members of the community will work together, and in tandem with SNPHN Clinical Council (GP and Health Professional led), to achieve better health outcomes for the people of Northern Sydney.
Together the two Councils will help inform the SNPHN Board and Management on local health needs, priorities and gaps, and to help shape local services and programs.
The Community Council will focus on facilitating effective, person-centred primary healthcare to improve the overall health of our population and to reduce avoidable hospital presentations.