Safer Care Patient and Family Council

Safer Care Victoria is establishing the Safer Care Patient and Family Council and is recruiting members.

Safer Care Victoria, (the Office for Safety and Quality Improvement) is Victoria's leading agency for healthcare safety, quality and innovation. Safer Care Victoria is establishing the Safer Care Patient and Family Council (Council) and is recruiting members.

What does Safer Care Victoria do?

Safer Care Victoria works with patients and health services to take a consumer or person-centred approach to quality and safety improvement. Together, their goal is zero avoidable harm and best possible health outcomes.

What is the purpose of the Council?

The Safer Care Patient and Family Council is central to advancing comprehensive and compassionate person and family centred health care with the ultimate goal of shaping the values and culture of the organisation and formulating strategies that lead to improvements in health service quality and safety.

The Safer Care Patient and Family Council will ensure that the perspectives and needs of patients, their families and carers, and community are represented in business development plans, and program implementation and evaluation.

Listening to patients' voices and ensuring that patients and patient outcomes remain centre-stage of safety and quality conversations is an important goal of Safer Care Victoria. Establishing a Safer Care Patient and Family Council (Council) is one mechanism to achieve this goal. For more information about the Council refer to the Background notes – SC Patient Family Council April 2017 (attached document).

Am I eligible to apply?

Safer Care Victoria is seeking four to five consumer members from diverse backgrounds who:

  • Have personal experiences of the public healthcare system and an interest in improving the safety and quality of care for all Victorians or have cared for someone with a health issue and have an interest in improving the safety and quality of care for all Victorians;
  • Is able to see issues from the perspectives of consumers or carers more broadly; and
  • Is able to provide strategic advice relating to setting annual priorities, and the development, implementation and evaluation of work plans

Diverse background might include one of or a combination of the following backgrounds:

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities’ members and asylum seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex Health peoples
  • Men
  • Young people
  • People with different socioeconomic status

For further information about the function of the Council and membership please refer to the attached document: SCV Patient Family Council Draft TOR

How often will the Council meet?

The first meeting will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017 in Melbourne CBD.

The council will meet every second month 2:00pm to 4:00pm

How do I apply?

Applicants need to submit a cover letter that addresses the following points:

  • Have personal experiences of the public healthcare system and/or have cared for someone with a health issue
  • Have an interest in improving health care for all Victorians; and
  • Be able to provide strategic advice relating to setting annual priorities, and the development, implementation and evaluation of work plans

A brief CV of your consumer experience is also desirable.

Eligible candidates will be interviewed Early May.

Closing date and applications:

Submissions should be made by Wednesday 3rd May, 2017.

Please send applications or queries to Mary Macheras-Magias m.macherasmagias@healthissuescentre.org.au or (03) 8676 9058

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