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Community and Health Advisory Groups

Alpine Health is committed to engaging the community to plan and deliver the best health outcomes for the Alpine Shire region. We have three well-established Community and Health Advisory Groups in the towns of Bright, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty. CHAG members represent their local community with the purpose of sharing information, gathering feedback and advising the Board of Directors on community issues.

The CHAGs have an Executive Officer to assist with administration, communication and promotion. The Partnering with Consumers Officer is the CHAG Executive Officer.

CHAG Chairs

 Mount Beauty 



 Bill Little  Kitty Knappstein   Mary Tomaino 


2021 Meeting Dates
 Mount Beauty  Bright  Myrtleford

4th Feb at 12:00pm

1st Apr at 12:00pm

3rd Jun at 12:00pm

5th Aug at 12:00pm

7th Oct at 12:00pm

2nd Dec at 12:00pm

11th Feb at 9:30am

8th Apr at 9:30am

10th Jun at 9:30am

12th Aug at 9:30am

14th Oct at 9:30am

9th Dec at 9:30am

11th Feb at 12:30pm

8th Apr at 12:30pm

10th Jun at 12:30pm

12th Aug at 12:30pm

14th Oct at 12:30pm

9th Dec at 12:30pm

If you would like to be involved or find out more about CHAG please contact the Partnering with Consumer Officer on 0438 325 235 or

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Community and Health Advisory Groups?

The Groups comprise of members who represent their community and advise the Alpine Health Board of Directors on local health and wellbeing issues. CHAG act as a conduit between the community and the Board by:

  1. Gathering feedback from consumers on the health needs of the community and how they might be met. They may recommend how existing services might be changed or improved to meet these needs, or they may advise the Board about services that people no longer need.
  2. Sharing relevant information from Alpine Health back to the community.

What is the role of the group?

The role of CHAGs are:

  1. To provide advice and enable the integration of consumers, carers and community participation into health service operations.
  2. To provide advice to Alpine Health on systems that are necessary for the organization to respond effectively to issues of disability, cultural, religious, linguistic and Indigenous diversity.
  3. To advocate to the Alpine Health Board of Directors on behalf of the community, consumers and carers.

What are the responsibilities of members?

The responsibilities of CHAG members include:

  • Participate in Service Planning activities and Corporate Planning Days.
  • Attend CHAG meetings (held every two months), relevant workshops and regional consumer forums.
  • Join relevant Alpine Health working parties, committees or project groups.
  • Monitor Alpine Heath’s quality and safety report.
  • Consult with the community to better understand health and community issues.
  • Provide input into Alpine Health’s consumer information and resources.
  • Convey news and information about Alpine Health programs and services.
  • Act in accordance with Alpine Health policies and procedures.

How do members fulfill their roles?

By sharing personal opinions and experiences at meetings and discussions, and by seeking input from people in the community (eg through clubs, organisations and social networks).

How are members appointed?

Any person living in the Alpine Shire or using Alpine Health services may express interest in joining one of the three Community and Health Advisory Groups.

The Group will assess the interested person’s suitability and then provide their recommendation to the Board of Directors. Appointments are approved by the Board.

Can members be recruited?

Yes. Group members may encourage others to join them. To adequately represent diverse public opinion it's desirable that the groups represent different sections of the community including young people, carers, people with disabilities, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, senior citizens, and people living in smaller towns and more remote areas of the Shire.

Are meetings open to the public?

Members of the public are welcome to attend a CHAG meeting to discuss a particular community issue, however, only members may vote. Please contact the Executive Officer to have your concern placed on the agenda for the meeting. Meetings are held in rooms with limited seating so you will need to confirm your attendance in advance. 

Matters that are confidential may be discussed in a closed session at the end of an ordinary meeting to protect the privacy of those involved. This is in accordance with the Board's Code of Corporate Governance.

What support does Alpine Health give the groups?

An Executive Officer supports the three CHAGs with administration, promotion and communication. Board Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and members of the Senior Management Team will generally attend meetings and are available to discuss issues with members. The Board of Directors will also receive the minutes from all meetings and consider issues raised.

How do groups share information?

Members will be notified of all meetings and may attend in another town if they wish. The Executive Officer and members maintain communication between the groups. A combined meeting of the three Community and Health Advisory Groups will be held once a year or as required.

How do members of the community raise an issue?

A community member may:

  • Discuss an issue directly with the CHAG Chairperson or the Executive Officer;
  • Request that an issue be added to the CHAG meeting agenda for discussion by the group;
  • Discuss an issue with an Alpine Health Board member or manager at any time.

Feedback from these discussions will be provided to the community member.

What is the role of a CHAG Chairperson and how is that person appointed?

Each CHAG elects a Chairperson, whose appointment is subject to ratification by the Board. The Chairperson may represent the Group at Board meetings, to other agencies and in community forums. The CHAG Chairperson may as a spokesperson in the community. The Executive Officer will also liaise with the Chairperson between meetings to advance ongoing issues.


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