Do you have an interest in the health of your local community? Would you like to play a role in ensuring the effective delivery of health services in your town?
Barraba MPS Health Committee is looking for motivated volunteers to join them in working towards better health in our community.
Local health committees work with the local health service manager and community partners to represent the community on matters relating to health and health service delivery.
Barraba MPS Health Committee chair Bronwyn Clinch said the committee has a number of vacancies following the recent retirement of several members.
"The Health Committee grew from a committee that had been formed back in 2003 to advise on the redevelopment of the old community hospital into our 22-bed Multipurpose Health Service (MPS)," Bronwyn said.
"In recent years, the committee has been involved in a number of projects, including helping to develop a sensory garden at the MPS and other community health initiatives.
"Until recently we have had about six community members from a range of backgrounds and have different health interest. Membership has changed over the years. We now have several vacancies and are looking for people who have an interest in the health and have diverse or group connections in the community who can join us."
Barraba MPS Health Service Manager Cathy Stein says the committee is a great support for the health service and, among other roles, helps to identify and define community health needs.
"The committee works with us to ensure we understand the needs of our local community and provide a community perspective to ensure effective delivery of health services," she said.
"They are also a conduit to help inform the community and make residents aware of local health issues, and also where health services are and how to access them.
Barraba MPS provides a range of services including high care residential services, community health services, emergency care, community nursing and audiometry, child and family health services, palliative care service, post-operative care, physiotherapy and day care services.
People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to apply for membership.
"We would be interested also in hearing from local Aboriginal residents who might like to join the committee and help us close the gap in health and wellbeing or people from other cultures in our local community," Cathy said.
Applications close on Friday 23 May. Completed applications should be forwarded to Barraba Health Committee at Barraba MPS, Edward Street, Barraba.
More information and application forms are available online at www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au (search for Local Health Committee), or from Cathy Stein on 6782 2516.