Have your say on local health services
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Riverland Mallee and Coorong residents are being urged to become involved in a community engagement initiative that will help improve local health services.
Acting Regional Director Riverland Mallee Coorong Region Tanya Lehmann called on people to join the district’s Community Network, which provides the option for residents to participate as much, or as little, as they like.
“The Riverland Mallee Coorong (RMC) Community Network is a register of people in the community who would like to help from time to time,” Ms Lehmann said.
“Being a member enables you to tell us what is important to you, as well as providing an opportunity to give feedback on new ideas, projects or developments in the region.”
Twenty people from across the region have joined the Riverland Mallee Coorong Community Network since it started up in December 2016.
Networks have also been set up and are running successfully in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu and South East regions.
Ms Lehmann said there were four ways for residents to get involved with the RMC Community Network.
“The great thing about the Community Network is people can choose how much, or how little, they want to get involved,” she said.
“You can simply be informed and receive information about what’s happening across the region’s hospital and health units, you can give feedback and have your say in surveys, you can be consulted and take part in workshops, focus groups and forums, or you can become a consumer advisor and sit on committees or planning groups.”
Ms Lehmann said the Network complements the more formal structure of the existing Health Advisory Councils.
“Our Community Network members provide us with a really important consumer viewpoint,” she said.
“Partnering with consumers in the planning, design and measurement of our health services has been shown to increase safety and quality outcomes.”
For more information about joining the RMC Community Network email Health.CHSARMCConsumers@sa.gov.au.