Health Consumer Representative Development Workshops

What is a Health Consumer Representative? Click here to find out more.

North Coast Primary Health Network and the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW Local Health Districts in conjunction with Health Consumers NSW are conducting free 2-day workshops for health consumers/community representatives who are involved, or would like to be involved in our health system.

Coffs Harbour:
Tues 24 and Wed 25 July

Time: 9:15am to 3:30pm
Venue: Opal Cove Resort
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Port Macquarie
Thurs 26 and Fri 27 July

Time: 9:15am to 3:30pm
Venue: Mercure Centro
103 William Street
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Coffs Harbour
Port Macquarie

It is designed to support health consumers and community representatives to understand the health system and have the necessary skills and confidence to tell their story and meaningfully contribute in health forums and committees, commissioning and project activities.

Who should attend the Health Consumer Representative Training Program?

This program is designed for health consumer representatives within the health system. This could include consumer health representatives on committees and boards within Local Health Districts, Primary Health Networks or Public or Private Hospitals, and health NGOs. It is suitable for people who are relatively new to this role and also for more experienced health consumer representatives.

This training is not aimed at health consumers who are looking for ways to negotiate the health system and be individual advocates for themselves or others (such training may be offered in the future).

To express your interest in attending either the Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie workshops, please contact: [email protected] or phone Janet on 6589 2150.

Participant’s comments 2018

“I can go back to the committee with new empowerment and the knowledge I need”.
“I didn’t know if it was going to help my role, but it’s probably the most relevant training I’ve attended”.
“I already had skills – but now I know how to use them in this role”.

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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