Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Consumer and Community Engagement - Consumer Opportunities

Consumer and Community Engagement

Consumer Vacancies

Consumer Representative on the SA Child and Adolescent Health Community of Practice (CAHCoP)


One Position Available.

The statewide CAHCoP, auspiced by the Women's and Children's Health Network, are responsible for developing a sustainable, high quality, equitable state-wide service for children and adolescents in South Australia.

Membership comprises health care clinicians from metropolitan and country health working in child and adolescent health, which together with key representatives from relevant agencies along with consumer representatives form a Strategic Executive Group to set priorities and develop the work plan.

CAHCoP will also provide comment and advice to the CEO, WCHN on proposals and other related outcomes relevant to contemporary paediatric practice across South Australia.

When do they meet?

CAHCoP meetings occur the last Thursday evening of each month (5.30pm to 7.30pm).

Additionally there is about 2hrs pre meeting reading/preparation.


We want to ensure that we partner with our consumer, carers and families in discussions related to the health care of children and adolescents.


Have had recent lived experience within one of our services as a consumer, carer, family member or friend. You will need to pass a DSCI clearance.

Closing Date

3 October 2019

How to Apply

Email to Director Consumer and Community Engagement with information about how you are a great fit for the role.

Already a member? Then text CAHCoP to 0466 364 694.

Consumer or Community Engagement Selection Process

All WCHN committees, panels, working groups and quality improvement activities are supported by an Expression of Interest (EOI) recruitment process.  An EOI is a fair and just way of recruiting for committees, panels, staff selection panels and quality improvements. An EOI is promoted using one or more of the following: WCHN Consumer Memo, Basecamp and on the Women's and Children's Hospital website (under WCH page link iconConsumer Vacancies). When one or more expressions or interest are received, the Director, Consumer and Community Engagement with relevant staff conduct interviews.

An interview is a 20-30-minute conversation about the skills, experiences, competences and attributes you can contribute to the activity or committee. Sometimes references are needed, particularly for committees supported by the WCH page link iconConsumer Governance Structure. Following the interview, all prospective candidates involved are informed of the outcome. This process can take up to three weeks.

For candidates not successful in their preferred activity, a reason is provided. Often it is because there were only one or two positions available with many people expressing an interest. Opportunities for engagement with the WCHN are frequent and plentiful, and the Director, Consumer and Community Engagement will explore other options.

At times, Management has discretion, particularly for some quality improvement activities, to select a consumer or community member based on skills, experiences and need for the Network without going to an expression of interest process. This decision is not made without appropriate consultation with the Director, Consumer and Community Engagement and the Executive Director, Corporate Services. Often it is due to timing and sensitivity of the proposed activity.

Some activities and committee appointments are granted to Consumer Representatives who are sitting members on a WCHN Committee. The appointment is justified as it is an extension of their role description.

PDF iconWCHN Consumer Representative Selection Process – Ezy Guide  (208kb)

last modified: 19 Sep 2019