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

Consumer and Community Engagement

Consumer Vacancies

Product Evaluation Advisory Group (PEAG)

PEAG

Overview

We are inviting a consumer to join the PEAG to ensure consumers perspective and expertise supports the trial and introduction of medical devices and consumables into WCHN. We are looking for a representative who has experience and understanding in the importance of consumer safety, and acceptance and the impact of new products and devices.

PEAG exists as an operational extension of the WCHN Equipment Committee to ensure that the trial, evaluation and standardisation of clinical equipment and consumables are handled in a controlled and structured manner.

PEAG is a committee represented by divisions and departments of WCHN, including and not exclusive to Biomedical Engineering Department, Infection Control and Intensive Care units.

The position will be reimbursed at the current rate set out in the SA Health Sitting Fee Policy for non-employees ($30 per hour).

The Terms of reference can be viewed here:

PDF iconPEAG Terms of Reference  (212kb)

Why

We want to ensure that Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) introduces and trials effectively, safely and thoroughly through the consumer's insight and experience to deliver the best possible outcome.

You

You will be someone who has a strong interest in innovation and improvements in technology. You will have experience with the health network and consumer equipment needs, and you will have an understanding of medical terminology. You will be able to attend meetings monthly on the 1st Tuesday 2pm to 3pm. It is expected that the consumer representative would need to do some pre-reading prior to the meetings.

Closing Date

Friday, 30 April 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 Standard 2 Committee to 0466 364 694.

Health Literacy Committee

Health Literacy Committee

Overview

We are inviting a consumer to join the Health Literacy Committee.

The Health Literacy Committee is part of the Consumer Engagement governance structure and reports to the Consumer and Community Partnership Council. The Health Literacy Committee is being reformed to continue the important work and to ensure the WCHN meets best practice in partnering with consumers by adopting good health literacy principles and practice.

A considerable amount of work has been generated by the Health Literacy Committee; this includes a health literacy procedure, building awareness and information resources available on the Intranet to support staff.

Health literacy is recognised as a key area to meet the objectives of the National Safety and Quality Health Standards.PDF iconHealth Literacy: A Summary for Consumers is available for reference.

The Committee will be co-Chaired by Susan Dyer Advanced Nurse Consultant. The Committee is responsible for reviewing, developing and monitoring initiatives to support health literacy in two contexts:

  • Individual health literacy is the skills, knowledge, motivation and capacity of a person to access, understand, appraise and apply information to make effective decisions about health and health care and take appropriate action.
  • Health literacy environment is the infrastructure, policies, processes, materials, people and relationships that make up the health system, and have an impact on the way that people access, understand, appraise and apply health-related information and services.

The committee will meet on the first Monday of each month from 11am–12pm.

Why

Health literacy is critical to enable shared decision making, supporting Consumers to be partners in their care, and achieve sustainable positive health outcomes.

You

You will be someone who has a strong interest in the experience of consumers within the health care environment and appreciation of the importance of communication. You will be keen to have an understanding of health literacy and how it applies in the individual and environmental environments.

You will be able to attend meetings on the first Monday of each month from 11am–12pm.

You will need to have a working with children DSCI clearance.

Closing Date

Monday, 26 April 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 Health Literacy 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: 11 Apr 2019