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The Women’s is committed to partnering with patients and consumers across our hospital.

Consumers play a vital role in bringing patient voices and perspectives to the table. Consumers help us make better decisions and improve patient experience.

We partner with patients and consumers in many ways, including focus groups, surveys, working groups, committees, research and other initiatives to help further improve our systems, services and quality of care.

Opportunities

The Women’s is expanding our consumer partnerships and is recruiting for a number of formal committees and working groups.

Consumer representatives are encouraged to bring a patient perspective to the table, so the committee may consider issues more widely. One of the key benefits that consumers bring is ‘outsider’ voices and perspectives – a lens that helps us to understand problems and solutions in ways that are important to the patient and their family.

We encourage patients, partners, family members or carers with experience at the Women's to apply. We encourage you to apply if you live with a disability; we can support your participation. We encourage you to apply if you need an interpreter; we can provide one. We encourage you to apply if you think you are not qualified; you are an expert in your own experience and that’s what we need.

If any of the below opportunities are of interest to you, please email our Patient and Consumer Experience Team.

Board and governance committees including Community Advisory Committee

These committees provide strategic level advice to our Board of Directors and our Executive team on our governance, strategies, policies and evaluations. To participate on these committees you would be required to do significant amounts of reading and preparation before each meeting and contribute to discussions during the meeting. You don’t need to be an expert in healthcare or have any special qualifications. You would be there to bring the perspective of our patients to the discussions.

Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee promotes improved outcomes for patients and the broader community through effective community participation in the hospital.

The committee works with us to ensure our systems and services meet the changing needs of all members of the community. The committee assist us in ensuring the views of women are taken into account during the hospital’s decision making processes, in line with our strategic directions.

The committee meets these objectives by developing and communicating a consumer perspective and offers opportunities for improving the quality, safety, accessibility and appropriateness of our services.

The Community Advisory Committee is appointed by, and reports to, the Women’s Board.

The Women’s is now recruiting new consumer members for our Community Advisory Committee. We particularly welcome applications from women from diverse backgrounds. Read more
Management committees and steering groups

These committees and groups provide advice to our Directors and Managers on projects, action plans and clinical models of care. You may also be invited onto interview panels. Participation on these committees and groups requires a moderate amount of reading and preparation before each meeting and contributions to discussions during the meeting.  You don’t need to be an expert in healthcare or have any special qualifications. You would be there to bring the perspective of our patients to the discussions.

Clinical review panels

Our review panels investigate clinical errors. Sometimes in hospitals, despite our best efforts, things do go wrong and we take this very seriously. A review panel investigates what went wrong and recommends what we need to change to prevent errors from happening again. The review panel will discuss in detail clinical events and outcomes which may be distressing to some people. But if this is something you may like to contribute to, you will be provided with training and support. The review panels don’t have a meeting schedule, they meet when they are needed. The panel will meet around three times, for an hour each time, for each review. Participation on a review panel requires a significant amount of reading and preparation for each review. 

Recruitment interview panels

Our workforce is the heart of the Women’s. Our recruitment process often includes a panel of people who interview candidates who they think are strong contenders for particular roles. These roles are across our clinical teams, support teams and Executive appointments. To participate on interview panels you would be required to do a moderate amount of reading and preparation before each interview and be in involved in panel discussions through each recruitment process.   

Discussions, interviews, surveys and reviewing our health information

This covers a range of activities such as reviewing the health information we produce, reviewing our website, reviewing research and education materials, joining focus group discussions, completing surveys, being interviewed about particular topics or your experiences, and telling your stories about your time as a patient with us. Participation is less structured and often on an 'as needed' basis. It usually doesn’t require any preparation.

If you would like to provide feedback about your experience at the Women’s, both positive and negative, please contact our Consumer Liaison.

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