The Free Press (Corowa)

Volunteers invited to join LHAC

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The hunt is on for enthusiast­ic people in the community to join the Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) in Corowa.

“We are looking for people from all walks of life and we invite anyone with the time and passion to make a difference in their community to express their interest,” MLHD Community Engagement Manager Setchen Brimson said.

Each committee is made up of seven members from the community, a clinical representa­tive and a staff representa­tive.

As advocates for their local community, LHAC members are chosen for their passion and ability to represent their town’s health interests, needs and concerns.

Members can be involved in a range of health projects from identifyin­g health priority areas to working together on initiative­s to improve health outcomes.

“Every town across the District has their own health challenges, so each LHAC comes up with their own unique ways to prioritise and tackle health issues in their communitie­s,” Ms Brimson said.

“We’ve seen some really great examples of how LHACS have been quite creative in addressing these challenges.”

In addition to improving access and awareness around health services, the LHACs provide feedback into and are involved in service planning together with the Health Service and the Primary Health Network.

“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,” Ms Brimson added.

To become a member of the local LHAC, an applicatio­n form must be completed as well as 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-advisoryco­mmittee-(lhac)

Applicatio­ns can be completed online at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ ResponsePa­ge.aspx?id=v6eHptsC30­O8ueovaYRo­sRyPzV56Pd­KqrfGd43Pl­ShUNTBQVVN­WMzhUWUZaT­FZCWUtaNFF­VODVGRS4u

Or speak with your facility manager for an applicatio­n kit.

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