Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee promotes improved outcomes for patients and the broader community through effective community participation in the hospital.

Our role

The Community Advisory Committee advises the hospital on establishing and maintaining effective systems to ensure that the health services provided meet the needs of the communities served by the hospital, and that the views of women are taken into account in the hospital’s decision making processes, in line with strategic directions.

The committee meets these objectives through development and communication of a consumer perspective on hospital services and opportunities for improving the quality, safety, accessibility and appropriateness of services.

The Community Advisory Committee is appointed by, and reports to, the Board of Directors of the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Community Advisory Committee Members

The membership of the committee includes at least one Board member, no fewer than seven and no more than 12 consumer and community members, and the Chief Executive Officer or her delegate.

Christina Liosis (Chair; Board Director)

Mandy Frostick (Board Director)

Heather Beanland

Charlene Edwards

Simon Gullery

Rebecca Harris

Deepa Kandathil Mathews

Heikma Siraj

Alison Soutar

Ivy Wang

Executive sponsor: Sherri Huckstep, Chief Experience Officer

Responsibilities

The Boards of hospitals, with the support of management, have a corporate responsibility under the Health Services Act for ensuring effective community participation.

Broadly, these responsibilities include ensuring that:

  • Services meet the health needs of the target population of the hospital.
  • Systems are in place to promote and monitor the continual improvement of the quality of clinical services, and to enhance the safety of care.
  • There is community participation in these functions.
  • Clinical services are planned and delivered in partnership with other providers.

The Women's values consumer participation and feedback and recognises that the consumer movement has become an increasingly important part of the hospital's service.

Partnerships between hospitals and the community are more important than ever, and the Women's continues to develop its relationships with the community to ensure that:

  • There is regular, effective, targeted communication with communities of interest.
  • There are community and consumer advocacy programs within the Women's with a particular emphasis on the most disadvantaged and marginalised.
  • There is community participation in all major strategic service planning and development activities across the Women's.
  • There is ongoing community participation in quality improvement activities across the Women's.
  • There is evidence that community participation is embedded in organisational policies and processes.
  • There are organisational policies and strategies to facilitate consumers actively participating across the Women's.

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