Thursday, 28 February 2013
Portland District Health has strengthened its ties to the local community with the formation of a new community advisory group.

The group met for the first time on February 21 and will play an important role representing local views.

Its members are Ray Jones representing older age groups, Bayview College year 12 student Joseph Noonan representing young people, patient representative Julie Rogers, Rotarian Steve Ellis representing community groups, volunteer Ellie Lane, Megan Felice representing the views of maternity service users, Denise Naish representing religious ministries and Janice Huggers from the Indigenous community.

The committee also includes Anita Rank as a representative from the hospital’s Board of Management and Quality Manager Wendy Buckland.

Ms Buckland said the committee would play an important role in representing the views of the community, consumers and carers and advocating to the Board of Management.

“It is a very positive move that is part of our strategic plan to involve the community at all levels of the governance and operation of the hospital,” she said.

The committee will contribute and solicit ideas and suggestions on everything from the annual Quality of Care report to the meals served in the hospital.

The PDH Board of Management has endorsed guidelines for the committee which is appointed under the Health Services Act 1988.

The committee is expected to meet four times per year and will also form focus groups to concentrate on specific issues.

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