The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is an advisory body to our Board and the NBMLHD Board, helping to shape the future direction of health services within our region.
CAC members provide consumer and community perspectives to ensure that decisions, investments, and innovations are patient-centred, high-quality, cost-effective, responsive to local community needs, and informed by local health consumer and carer experiences and expectations.
CAC builds upon the excellent work carried out by the NBMPHN and NBMLHD Joint Health Consumer Committee and substantial community consultation undertaken by the partnering organisations to ensure consumers have a voice in health service delivery.
Up to 13 members from our four LGAs (Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith) contribute their experiences and those of their networks to help improve the health system. The goal is to create a more connected, “whole” system in which GPs, the hospital system, other health professionals and consumers work together.
CAC reflects the community profile and key target groups, e.g. people with chronic conditions.
While CAC primarily works at a regional level, it connects in with four NBMPHN and NBMLHD local Health Consumer Working Groups and their individual networks. This extends the reach and impact of the CAC far beyond one committee.
CAC also links in with the GP Clinical Council and Integrating Care Clinical Council to ensure health consumers and healthcare providers do not work in isolation in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of health programs and services.
Our advisory committee members have been working extremely hard during the pandemic with attendance at extraordinary Covid-19 teleconferences.
To find out more about the objectives, composition and operations of the Community Advisory Committee, please read the Terms of Reference (pdf, 266kb).