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Help make a difference to cancer patients by joining advisory group

DO YOU have lived experience of cancer, whether as a patient, family member or carer? Would you like to use those experiences to help shape future cancer services and benefit other patients?

You might be a perfect candidate for Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s new Cancer Care Consumer Advisory Group.

WBHHS is currently seeking expressions of interest from members of the community to join the group, as its Cancer Care Service continues to develop plans for services across the region.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said community engagement was an important part of WBHHS’s four-year Strategic Plan Care Comes First… Through Patients’ Eyes, and an area into which the health service was investing more time and resources.

“Delivering patient-centred, high-quality health care for the people of Wide Bay is the overarching purpose of our strategic plan,” Ms Jamieson said.

“To provide services that reflect the needs of our community, we need to listen to them.

“WBHHS has a number of formal and informal ways in which community members can engage with us, such as being part of working parties or committees, our Community Reference Groups across the region, or being consulted on a wide range of issues of interest to them.

“The Cancer Care Consumer Advisory Group is another way we can establish stronger relationships with our community and get direct feedback on the cancer services we’re providing.”

WBHHS Cancer Care Service Operations Director Ray Johnson said the advisory group would provide advice, feedback and guidance on issues such as screening, treatment, oncology and palliative care.

“Our vision is for the Wide Bay to be a centre of excellence in regional and rural cancer care, providing compassionate, holistic and high-quality care,” Mr Johnson said.

“We’re looking for people who are consumers, carers or who have a strong interest and passion for local health services, to join our Cancer Care Consumer Advisory Group.

“Feedback we get from the group will influence how we develop our services, through involvement in quality improvement activities, participation on staff selection panels, development of strategies and mechanisms for consumer feedback.

“It’s important for us to get that feedback from people with lived experience, because they’re the ones who have the best perspectives on the care we’re providing. By listening and learning, we can continue to enhance our services.”

Expressions of interest are due by May 29. For more information, go to www.health.qld.gov.au/widebay/cancer-care-advisory or by calling 1300 090 760.

Expression of interests should be emailed to WBHHS-Cancer-Care-Service@health.qld.gov.au or posted to:

Consumer Advisory Group
Cancer Care Service
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
PO Box 592
Hervey Bay Q 4655

Last updated: 26 July 2019