There are numerous ways that patients, carers and members of the community can get involved in the activities coordinated by the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.
Community Consultation Committees
There are four Community Consultation Committees
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Cassowary Coast Hub
- Hinterland Hub
- Trinity Hub
There are currently two vacancies on our Committees - one on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (representing Cassowary Coast) and one on Trinity Hub.
How to join a Community Consultation Committee
Appointment to the CHHHS Community Consultation Committees is through a formal recruitment and selection process conducted every two years (reviewed after one year) or when a vacancy arises due to a committee member resigning.
- The Health Service seeks Expressions of Interest from the members of the community
- Members of the community interested in representing their community submit an expression of interest.
What to expect during recruitment and selection
A Health Service selection panel:
- reviews expressions of interests and short-lists applicants for an interview,
- conducts interviews,
- selects applicants for appointment onto the CCC,
- seeks the Health Service Board endorsement on selected applicants and
- appoints applicants as Community Representatives onto the CCCs.
What to expect if you are appointed
Committees generally meet quarterly. Committee members may be tasked by the Health Service Board to go out to their 'communities' and request feedback on specific topics and provide that feedback to the Health Service for consideration and implementation where appropriate. Committee members may hear of collective community issues and concerns they can raise through their Committee for broader consideration by the Health Service.
Committes are guided by a Terms of Reference. Each chair of the Community Consultation Committees has a seat at the Community Advisory Group which is the conduit body between the community and the Health Service Board.
Appointed community members (excluding Health Service staff and local government representatives) are remunerated for their attendance at meetings. Committee members are encouraged to attend other Committee meetings as a guest for information sharing and lateral movements.
To apply for one of the vacant positions visit our Community Consultation Committee Page
Volunteer to be a member Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (Health Service) Consumer Reference Group
The Health Service's Consumer Reference Group comprises of patients, carers and members of the community who have registered their interest to participate in a specific health area of their interest. For example, a member of the community may register their interest to participate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heath service planning and design, service delivery and service evaluation.
Participation may include
- providing feedback on publications,
- participating in working groups or focus groups, and or
- participating in community forums.
How to register
Anyone can volunteer to be a part of the Consumer Reference Group. You can register to join by:
- completing the CRG Registration Form (PDF 105 KB)
- emailing email@example.com
- phoning 61 7 422 63243
What to expect after registering on the Consumer Reference Group
Once you have submitted your Consumer Reference Group Registration Form, you will receive confirmation of your registration from the Consumer and Community Engagement Team.
When the opportunity arises you will receive information updates and invitations to participate in heath service planning and design, service delivery and service evaluation in your chosen area of health interest.
The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service encourages consumers, patients, carers and community members to provide feedback (both positive and negative) on their health care experience within our Health Service.
If you have a compliment or complaint regarding healthcare services provided to you or someone within your care, please contact the Patient Liaison Services.
Phone: 61 7 422 66864
Alternatively you can complete our Online Feedback Form