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Community Advisory Committee
Community representation helping to shape the future of aged care and allied health services in the Macedon Ranges
On Thursday 18 October, the new Macedon Ranges Health Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met for the first time to pave the way for future planning of Macedon Ranges Health (MRH) services. Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM joined the nine strong committee for its first meeting since the official amalgamation of Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health.
As part of the July 1 amalgamation, it was agreed that a new, voluntary Community Advisory Committee would be established to ensure a strong and positive local connection with the community.
The committee, made up of various community representatives, will play a key role in providing a local perspective in relation to the planning and operation of MRH services as well as the $60 million investment set to be delivered over the next eight plus years.
Ms Hills OAM, commented on the integral role the previous CAC played for MRH and its strategic work.
“Through the amalgamation process, we saw how dedicated the CAC was to the health and wellbeing of the local community, so it was really important to us that we established a new committee under the new agreement,” she said.
“With a major infrastructure investment to take place over the next decade, it is critical that the community’s opinions be well represented throughout the decision making process. The CAC will provide valuable input into the future plans for Macedon Ranges Health, including the expansion of facilities and services.”
Retired GP and long term local resident Barry Mullen is one of the nine members that make up the new MRH Community Advisory Committee.
Dr Mullen reflected that the meeting went very well with Benetas presenting themselves as an organisation that has an invested interest in embracing the needs of the local community in their forward planning.
“I feel privileged to be on the Community Advisory Committee to provide local representation,” he said
“The committee has many members with outstanding community involvement and I am looking forward to having a long association with Benetas going forward.”
The Committee will meet quarterly with the next meeting early 2019.