Community Advisory Committee
Community advisory committees give consumers, carers and the community a voice in the running of public health services. These committees operate according to Department of Health (DoH) legislation and guidelines.
St Vincent’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in 2001 to provide an additional mechanism for consumer, carer and community input into the service we provide. The CAC advocates to the St Vincent’s Board on behalf of the community, consumers and carers.
Sarah Gray is a medical scientist who works full time in a large diagnostic pathology lab. She read about the St Vincent’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) in a newsletter and thought it sounded like a good opportunity to have a say in how the health system operates.
“I really enjoy the meetings – I feel my contributions on the CAC are valued and it is very satisfying to see suggestions and observations acknowledged and acted on. I’ve also learnt so much about the way health systems work. I was given the opportunity to attend a quality and safety conference which really helped me fulfil my role on the committee. It has been a great learning experience.”
In May 2009 St Vincent’s began inviting current or past patients, family members and carers of friends to join our Consumer Register. Members of the Consumer Register will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities from completing surveys, evaluating services, reviewing written information and participating in working groups.
To find out more about the Consumer Register or to apply to become a member of the Community Advisory Committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the CAC resource officer on (03) 9288 3940.
41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia. Phone:
(03) 9288 2211