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2021

Changes to Healthy North Coast Board advisory structure will improve health for region’s residents

Media release – 26 July 2021

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

Healthy North Coast delivers the Australian Government’s Primary Health Network program from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie and inland.

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.’

The Community Advisory Council will have a maximum of 15 members, drawn from across the region.

Healthy North Coast is now accepting expressions of interest from people interested in serving on the Aboriginal Health Council, Clinical Council and Community Advisory Committee. The first of the new advisory groups – the Clinical Council – will commence in September 2021.

More information for people interested in being part of any of the advisory groups is available in the relevant link below:

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