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.
The Consumer and Community Participation and Carer Recognition Plan has been developed and is reviewed annually to reflect the changing needs of the health service and our community. It aims to provide guidance to healthcare staff in achieving appropriate levels of consumer participation across the health service. The plan is based on five objectives:
1. Continue to strengthen the capacity of the Community Advisory Committee to fulfil its Charter.
2. Increase workforce capacity to facilitate appropriate consumer participation.
3. Increase opportunities for consumers, carers and community to participate in service planning, delivery and evaluation.
4. Strengthen partnerships to foster participation.
5. Meet and exceed the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards in relation to consumer participation.