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Empowering health consumers with disabilities

03 Dec 2021

 

To mark International Day of People with Disability, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) is proud to launch expressions of interest to become part of our first ever Disability Consumer Council.

The Disability Consumer Council will enable participants to provide advice and feedback on disability issues and inclusion.

“Supporting people with disability to access health services is essential to inclusive health care,” says Karen Alexander, Disability and NDIS Manager.

“We are looking for people living with disability, their carers or support providers to join the NBMLHD Disability Consumer Council”.

Members of the Disability Consumer Council will help to develop the NBMLHD Disability Inclusion Action Plan, foster inclusive care and awareness of disability supports, and most importantly, represent the interests and needs of people with disability, their families and carers with regards to health care.

“Our vision is for people with disability to be partners in health care provision and improvement,” says Karen.

“Having people with a lived experience on the Council will ensure that we are able to support greater inclusion of people with disabilities and the promotion of person centred care,” says Karen.

Representatives will need to live or work in the Penrith, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains or Lithgow local government areas.

People can be on the Council for up to two years and will be expected to attend five meetings each year which will be held in Penrith for up to 2 hours.

People wanting to join the council need to complete an Expression of Interest addressing the following selection criteria

  • A lived experience of disability. For carers or support people this will include care or work with people with disability.
  • Ability to represent the views, concerns and feedback for a broad part of the community who have a disability, including engagement with individuals, services and local community groups.
  • Confidence to actively join in helpful dialogue in a group setting including patients, public, healthcare staff and leaders.
  • Ability to work with others to achieve goals and complete projects.
  • Motivation to collaborate with NBMLHD to improve patient care and outcomes for People with Disability.
  • Willingness to participate in training relevant to role.

If you have questions, need easy read resources or interpreter support to make your application, please contact us by phone or email.

The Disability team is available on 02 4734 2914 or NBMLHD-DisabilityInclusion@health.nsw.gov.au

Applications close 10 January 2022.