Local volunteer Alan Murray has been elected for another term as Chair of the Central Gippsland Health Service Community Liaison Group.
He was elected at the recent annual meeting of the group, with three deputies to support him – Don McLeod, Yvonne Clavarino and Brian Cantwell.
Mr Murray said a key role of the Community Liaison Group was to act as a conduit for information about services and service delivery from the community to the health service.
“It is important that the health service has input into its planning processes from consumers in the local area,” he said.
“As a Community Liaison Group we want to encourage people to have their say on the sort of health services this region needs now and into the future.
“The Community Liaison Group is one of the forums through which that can occur and we encourage people with ideas and thoughts to contact us.”
The Group is also keen to broaden its membership to ensure it remains representative of the community.
“In particular we are looking to young people who might be interested in joining the Group and provide a youth perspective on health needs,” Mr Murray said. “Our terms of reference nominate representation from a broad range of groups to reflect the characteristics of our community, so we are always keen to hear from people who might like to contribute their thoughts.”
Mr Murray added that this was important as the Health Service undertakes a major population health planning process, which aims to identify and prioritise the health needs of the whole community to support long term planning for service provision.
As well as being chair of the Community Liaison Group, Mr Murray is also the Health Service’s Consumer Advocate. He is available to discuss service delivery or other issues that people may like to raise.
He can be contacted on mobile telephone 0408 581 711 or on email firstname.lastname@example.org