Join a committee or group

Community consultation committees give advice to the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board on local health care services from a consumer and community perspective.

Community consultation committees

The committees are accountable to our board. They report through our Community Advisory Group who are the conduit between our community and our board.

There are 4 community consultation committees in the health service.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Cassowary Coast Hub
  • Hinterland Hub
  • Trinity Hub

Who are the committee members?

Our committee members are passionate about the quality and safety of community healthcare.

Members include:

  • previous patients
  • carers
  • general public
  • community members
  • local government representatives
  • health service staff.

How to join the committee

We have a formal recruitment and selection process every 2 years.

This is reviewed after one year or when there’s a vacancy. We’ll call for expressions of interest by advertising in media, social media, and using established networks.

What to expect if you're appointed

Our committees usually meet quarterly and are guided by a terms of reference.

Each chair of the committee has a seat at the Community Advisory Group which is the conduit body between the community and the Health Service Board.

If you’re appointed to a committee, you’ll be paid for attending meetings.  You’ll also be encouraged to go to other committee meetings to share information.

In particular, our committees:

  • consult community members about their experience of health care services provided
  • collate all of the information gathered from community members
  • inform the Health Service on community members' perspectives about their experience of health care services provided
  • work together with staff to implement changes.

Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for patients, carers and consumers to have a say on health care services coordinated by the Service.

Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy 2020-2022 [PDF 60.56 kB].

Last updated: November 2021