Lower North Health Advisory Council Inc.

The Lower North Health Advisory Council (HAC) came into being on 1st July 2008, after the State Government’s Health Care Act 2008 removed the governance of local hospitals from local boards and established Health Advisory Councils to represent local communities.

The ownership of the property of the hospitals and aged care facilities is vested in the Health Advisory Council. It also manages funds donated or raised by the community, for use at the facilities.

The Lower North Health Advisory Council seeks to represent community needs to the Yorke and Northern LHN or the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, and where necessary advocate for improvements.

We are the community elected health council for your health service.

The Lower North Health Advisory Council is the health FACE for your community.

Our role is to:

  • Facilitate discussion in our community about health issues, priorities and needs.
  • Advise and advocate on behalf of the community.
  • Communicate and consult with the community and with Country Health SA on behalf of the community.
  • Engage with the community and evaluate progress.


The Lower North Health Advisory Council can include:

  • Up to 8 community members
  • Nominee of local government
  • A local member of Parliament or his or her nominee
  • A medical practitioner member
  • A worker from the Local Health Network

Current Membership

Presiding Member - Darryl Venning
Vice Presiding Member - Richard Pledge
Local member of Parliament - Penny Pratt
Local government representative - Ann Alder
Medical practitioner representative - vacant
Staff member - Brendan Keach

Community representatives

  • Ralph (Doc) Freeman-Ward
  • Peter Sanders
  • Neville Michael

Meeting information

When:  4th Monday of every month
Time:   1.00 pm
Where: Alternating between Clare and Snowtown Hospitals.




Donna Giles
Ph: 08 8842 6500 
C /-  Clare Hospital
PO Box 237
Clare SA 5453

Email: HealthLowerNorthHAC@sa.gov.au