Healthy North Coast is preparing to implement changes to its advisory structure that will increase engagement, communication and collaboration with the communities it serves.

Board Chair Dr Adrian Gilliland said the new structure, which followed a recent review, would lead to better health outcomes for North Coast residents.

Key changes include:

  • the formation of an Aboriginal Health Council to provide the Board with advice regarding cultural governance, cultural leadership and strategic Aboriginal health issues
  • consolidation of the region’s 3 clinical councils into one diverse and skills-based group offering strategic advice on health policies, programs and services
  • the establishment of an independent Community Advisory Council providing input and advice.

‘The inclusion of an Aboriginal Health Council is an innovative approach to improving access and facilitating Aboriginal-led health service planning, design and commissioning through strategic advice to the Board,’ Dr Gilliland said.

‘An important characteristic of the new Clinical Council is the inclusion of “diversity” of gender, cultural background and profession as one of the components of the council’s composition, moving beyond traditional skills and profession-based models. Eight clinical societies throughout the region will be represented in the new Clinical Council membership.

‘The Healthy North Coast Community Advisory Council will ensure consumers, community members and people with lived experience, contribute to Healthy North Coast’s activities and objectives.’

More information will be available soon.

Hastings Macleay Clinical Council

  • Chair: Dr Jenny Beange
  • Deputy Chair: Mr Shane Moore
  • Local government areas: Port Macquarie, Hastings and Kempsey
  • Established in January 2016 (was formerly part of Mid North Coast Clinical Council)
  • Strong connection with the Mid North Coast Local Health District with clinician and Executive representation

Mid North Coast Clinical Council

  • Chair: Dr Adrian Gilliland
  • Deputy Chair: Vacant
  • Local government areas: Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca
  • Established in August 2015
  • Strong connection with the Mid North Coast Local Health District with clinician and Executive representation

Northern Clinical Council

  • Chair: Dr Peter Silberberg
  • Deputy Chair: Dr Brett Lynam
  • Local government areas: Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley
  • Established in October 2014
  • Strong connection with the Northern NSW Local Health District with clinician and Executive representation and joint Clinical Council meetings held biannually