Become a Consumer Representative with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

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“Becoming a consumer representative has allowed me to re-engage and give back to my community. It has boosted my self-confidence and made me feel worthwhile. My opinion is listened to.” – SESLHD Consumer Representative'

Do you live in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District?

If so, you are invited to join the District Consumer and Community Council!

Community members who live in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) are invited to send their expressions of interest to join the community body for SESLHD – the District Consumer and Community Council (DCCC).
 

About the District Consumer and Community Council

The DCCC was designed by a team of community members, staff, and a health organisation called Health Consumers NSW. Membership is drawn primarily from community members that sit on advisory groups but also includes staff and members from allied health.

The main focus of the group is to ensure that a community voice is integrated into all services and programs, and members will play a vital role in providing advice and influencing decision making for SESLHD.

How the DCCC will work

The DCCC meetings are mostly held at Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital in the Sydney CBD, as voted by community members, but from time to time may be in different locations across the district.

There will be a requirement to participate actively in meetings and read and respond to email communications and materials between meetings. You will receive a small payment, training and support to achieve this.

Please email your interest to Sydney Boucher, Engagement and Support Officer, at Sydney.boucher@health.nsw.gov.au. With your contact details (name, phone number, email address and postal address).

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Who is a consumer?

A consumer is a person that uses or is a potential user of health services together with their family, friends, and carers.

What is a consumer representative?

A consumer representative is someone who has chosen to become involved and provide advice, based on their own experiences and knowledge, with the ultimate aim of improving the local health services.

Consumer representatives are often involved with a committee, project or event and are able to provide a unique point of view, while also connecting with communities to find out their perspectives and experiences.

How do I become a consumer representative?

There are many different ways to become a consumer representative. This can be as simple as telling your story online, or you can also join a consumer committee

It does not matter how you choose to become involved, your voice makes a difference and your opinion is important to improving our health services and your community’s health.

What is involved in being a consumer representative?

It is your choice on how involved you want to be.

Surveys and online engagement can be done at home and usually do not require a lot of ongoing commitment.

If you decide to become involved in a group or committee, this may take more time, effort and commitment. We recognise this contribution and can pay you to participate in SESLHD activities. We can also offer you appropriate training and can provide other types of support to help you to become active and confident in a representative role.

Why should I become a consumer representative?

Being a consumer representative invites you to have a real say in the way health services are provided to you and your community, no matter how you choose to engage.