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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.

Community and Health Advisory Groups (CHAG's) have been established in Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford for local residents to share information and ideas, and to advise the Board of Directors on community issues.

Each CHAG elects a CHAG Chairperson. The CHAG's have an Executive Officer to assist with administration, communication and promotion. The Partnering with Consumers Officer is the Executive Officer and liaises with the Chairperson between meetings to advance ongoing issues.

CHAG Chairs

 Myrtleford 

 Bright

 Mt Beauty 

 Mary Tomaino  Judy Grossman  Nick Brown

 

2019 Meeting Dates
Myrtleford Bright Mt Beauty

14th Feb at 12:30pm

11th Apr at 12:30pm

13th Jun at 12:30pm

8th Aug at 12:30pm

10th Oct at 12:30pm

12th Dec at 12:30pm

14th Feb at 9:30am

11th Apr at 9:30am

13th Jun at 9:30am

8th Aug at 9:30am

10th Oct at 9:30am

12th Dec at 9:30am

7th Feb at 12noon

4th Apr at 12noon

6th Jun at 12noon

1st Aug at 12noon

3rd Oct at 12noon

5th Dec at 12noon

If you would like to be involved or find out more about CHAG please contact the Partnering with Consumer Officer on 03 5751 9431 or turi.berg@alpinehealth.org.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Community and Health Advisory Groups?

The committees comprise of members representing their local community, reporting to the Alpine Health Board of Management, who regularly meet in Myrtleford, Bright and Mount Beauty.

What is the role of the group?

To advise the Board of Management and other agencies:

  • On the health needs of the community and how they might be met;
  • On how existing services might be changed or improved to meet these needs;
  • On services that people don't need and don't want. 

What are the responsibilities of members?

The responsibilities include the following:

  • Understand health needs and community attitudes;
  • Attend meetings and participate (currently held every two months);
  • Act in accordance with the Board's code of corporate governance;
  • Consult other people in the community;
  • Convey news and information about Alpine Health services.

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 a Community Health Advisory Group.

Appointments are made by the Board of Management. The groups may choose to recommend a preferred number of members.

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 include members from different sections of the community including young people, carers, people with disabilities, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, senior citizens, people from small towns and remote areas.

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 at Alpine Health meeting rooms and you will need to book your place in advance as limited seating is available. 

Matters that are confidential, involving patients or staff, 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?

The groups are supported by an Executive Officer responsible for administration, promotions and communications. The Chief Executive Officer and local Health Services Manager will generally attend meetings and are available to discuss issues with members. The Board of Management will 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 meeting of the Combined Community Health Advisory Groups will be held at least once a year, or as required.

How do members of the community raise an issue?

Community members may discuss the issue with the Chairperson of the committee, or the Executive Officer. They may request that it be a subject on the agenda for discussion, or they may discuss an issue with an Alpine Health Board member or manager at any time. Feedback to the community member about the issue raised will be provided.

What is the role of an advisory group Chairperson and how is that person appointed?

Each group elects a Chairperson, whose appointment is subject to ratification by the Board. The Chairperson may represent the advisory group at board meetings, to other agencies and in community forums. The advisory group Chairperson acts as a spokesperson in the community. The Executive Officer liaises with the Chairperson between meetings to advance ongoing issues.

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