Call-out For Volunteers To Join The Young And Harden LHACS

Kerry Menz Facility Manager – Murrumburrah-Harden MPS, Leah Whitehead from the Murrumburrah-Harden LHAC and Jo Garlick, Young Cluster Manager at last year’s LHAC Regional Forum.
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The search is on for enthusiastic people in the community to join the Young and the Harden Local Health Advisory Committees (LHAC).

These Committees are proudly supported by Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. They are a central connection between the local community and health service activities. Local committees work with facility managers to identify local service needs, ways to improve access to services, and to assist in planning and development. LHAC’s were created as a platform for community members to raise concerns and provide support for the Local Health Service. The groups provide valuable input into planning health services and sharing information with the local community.

Interested members of the community are being invited to attend an open meeting and information sessions to be held at:

  • Young Services Club, Cloete Street on Wednesday 24 February from 6.30pm
  • Harden Country Club, East Street on Thursday 25 February from 6.30pm

“We encourage anyone interested in advocating for better health in the community to come along and find out more about how you can be involved,” said Community Engagement Manager Setchen Brimson.

“We have around 300 LHAC members across the District. Each LHAC represents their town’s health interests, needs and concerns and develops their own unique way of addressing these in their local communities,” said Mrs Brimson.

Local Health Advisory Committees were formed in 2012 to provide an avenue for consumer feedback and advocacy for the public health service.

“The key to being a good advocate is the ability to have your finger on the pulse of your local community and the ability to represent these community needs and concerns when you’re at the discussion table,” said Mrs Brimson.

“We are looking for people from all walks of life to be involved and encourage anyone with the time and passion to make a difference to express their interest.”

To become a member of your local LHAC, you will need to complete an application form and have the required screening for your interested activity or group.

More information can be found on the MLHD website: https://www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/local-health-advisory-committee-(lhac) Applications can be completed online or speak with your local Facility Managers: Katrina Green at Young Hospital, or Kerry Menz at Harden-Murrumburrah Health Service.

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