Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) has established a dedicated regional Clinical Council and Community Council in each of the four regions, including Ballarat and Goldfields, Wimmera and Grampians, Geelong Otway and Great South Coast, who all have a key role in service planning and evaluation.
Purpose of the Clinical Councils
- To report on clinical issues to influence Western Victoria PHN Board decisions on the unique needs of their respective communities, including in rural and remote areas.
- To assist the PHN to develop local strategies to improve the operation of the health care system in the PHN.
Purpose of the Community Councils
- Provide a community perspective to Western Victoria PHN Board to ensure that decisions, investments, and innovations are patient centred, locally relevant and aligned to local care experiences and expectations.
- Provide strategic advice and make recommendations from a community and consumer perspective to support Western Victoria PHN to plan and deliver health services that enable the delivery of quality care.
- Reinforce the ongoing need from a consumer perspective of the need for joined up planning and service systems.
Composition of Clinical and Community Councils
|Community Council||Clinical Council|
|3 individual health consumers||3 GPs (including a GP Chair)|
|3 organisational representatives||3 people comprising allied health, a medical specialist and local hospital representative|
|A minimum of 1 person who identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander||A minimum of 1 person who identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander|
|2 - 3 community members with skills aligned with identified regional needs, such as rural health||2 - 3 people with skills aligned with identified regional needs, such as rural health|