Apply to become a Consumer Representative on one of our Statewide Clinical Networks

We are look­ing for con­sumers (patients), car­ers or com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with lived expe­ri­ence to join our Pal­lia­tive Care, Sur­gi­cal & Peri­op­er­a­tive Care and Urgent Care networks.

Why apply?

Are you pas­sion­ate about improv­ing pal­lia­tive, sur­gi­cal, peri­op­er­a­tive or urgent care?

We are seek­ing peo­ple with lived expe­ri­ences as patients, car­ers or com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to join our Statewide Clin­i­cal Networks. 

We are seek­ing appli­cants who: 

  • are pas­sion­ate about improv­ing care and expe­ri­ences for con­sumers and their families
  • can com­mu­ni­cate effec­tive­ly, work well in a team and be good prob­lem solvers
  • have a recent expe­ri­ence as a patient or car­er or com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers rel­e­vant to the above men­tioned clin­i­cal network
  • have not pre­vi­ous­ly worked /​are not cur­rent­ly work­ing as a health professional
  • are avail­able to par­tic­i­pate in activ­i­ties of the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, includ­ing face to face meet­ings, work­ing groups and some work con­duct­ed between meet­ings (includ­ing the com­mu­ni­ty of con­sumer committee).

What do I need to know?

The Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Leads and the CEIH Net­works Direc­tor will select the new steer­ing com­mit­tee members.

If select­ed, you will also need to sub­mit a com­plet­ed con­flict of inter­est and con­fi­den­tial­i­ty dec­la­ra­tion form.

Appli­ca­tions close 30 April 2023.

FAQs - Consumer Representative on Statewide Clinical Networks

What is a Con­sumer / Car­er / Com­mu­ni­ty Member?

Con­sumers and/​or car­ers are peo­ple who use or are poten­tial users of health­care ser­vices. Con­sumers may par­tic­i­pate as indi­vid­u­als, groups, organ­i­sa­tions of con­sumers, con­sumer rep­re­sen­ta­tives or communities.

A Car­er means a per­son who pro­vides care and sup­port for their par­ent, part­ner, child or friend who has a dis­abil­i­ty, is frail, or who has a chron­ic men­tal or phys­i­cal ill­ness. An indi­vid­ual is not a car­er mere­ly because he or she is the spouse, de fac­to part­ner, par­ent, guardian, child or oth­er rel­a­tive of an indi­vid­ual, or lives with an indi­vid­ual who requires care. Car­ers can include par­ents and guardians car­ing for chil­dren and chil­dren car­ing for par­ents and guardians.

What is a Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Steer­ing Committee?

The Steer­ing Com­mit­tee will pro­vide over­sight of the devel­op­ment, imple­men­ta­tion and eval­u­a­tion of the network’s activities.

Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers will have a demon­strat­ed pas­sion for the clin­i­cal field, be strate­gic thinkers, excel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tors and have the abil­i­ty to influ­ence change in ser­vice delivery.

The Steer­ing Com­mit­tee will be led by a Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Lead who will report to the Commissioner.

What time com­mit­ment is required?

Steer­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ings gen­er­al­ly occur month­ly, but some net­works meet less fre­quent­ly. There may be oth­er forums and plan­ning ses­sions that mem­bers are asked to attend. Mem­bers may also be asked to con­tribute to work­ing groups to progress time lim­it­ed pri­or­i­ty projects for the net­work. There is also like­ly to be some out-of-ses­sion work and actions that arise from meet­ings that mem­bers will need to con­tribute to.

How will the Steer­ing Com­mit­tees be supported?

Each Clin­i­cal Net­work has a Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work (SCN) Lead who will pro­vide lead­er­ship to the net­work. The Com­mis­sion on Excel­lence and Inno­va­tion in Health (CEIH) will pro­vide a project man­ag­er for each net­work who will work close­ly with the SCN Lead and the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee to man­age the over­all pro­gram of work for the net­work. The CEIH will also have a sup­port­ing role in guid­ing the work of the net­work by pro­vid­ing exper­tise in clin­i­cal infor­mat­ics and improve­ment method­olo­gies. Admin­is­tra­tive sup­port will also be provided.

I haven’t been on a com­mit­tee like this before. Can I still apply?

Yes! We wel­come appli­ca­tions from those who are pas­sion­ate about improv­ing care for patients and have expe­ri­ence as a patient or car­er rel­e­vant to the network.

What oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties will there be to be involved with the network?

The Steer­ing Com­mit­tee will be lim­it­ed to approx­i­mate­ly 8 to 12 mem­bers and we recog­nise that there will be many pas­sion­ate and dynam­ic peo­ple who are not select­ed. There will be oppor­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in work­ing groups, sub-com­mit­tees and work­shops that will be estab­lished to progress the work pro­gram devel­oped by the Steer­ing Committee.

Will I be paid for my time?

Con­sumers and pri­vate clin­i­cians will be remu­ner­at­ed as per CEIH and SA Health remu­ner­a­tion policies.

Reim­burse­ment Pol­i­cy Sit­ting Fees and Reim­burse­ment for Exter­nal Individuals

SA Health and SA Gov­ern­ment staff and staff rep­re­sent­ing an organ­i­sa­tion will not be pro­vid­ed with remu­ner­a­tion, par­tic­i­pa­tion on the steer­ing com­mit­tee will be con­sid­ered part of your exist­ing duties.

Can I apply if I live in a region­al or rur­al area?

Yes. Mem­ber­ship will be con­struct­ed to reflect the nec­es­sary mix of knowl­edge, expe­ri­ence and skills to sup­port the Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work to ful­fil its respon­si­bil­i­ties. A bal­ance of expe­ri­ence across met­ro­pol­i­tan and rur­al set­tings and from with­in and out of hos­pi­tal sec­tors will be sought.

Will tele­con­fer­ence or video con­fer­ence be avail­able for meetings?

Yes. The meet­ing for­mat will be a com­bi­na­tion of tele­con­fer­ence, video con­fer­ence and face to face to sup­port par­tic­i­pa­tion of mem­bers liv­ing in region­al and rur­al areas and to com­ply with COVID-19 social dis­tanc­ing rec­om­men­da­tions. It is the respon­si­bil­i­ty of mem­bers using these arrange­ments to ensure they are in a pri­vate loca­tion where information/​dis­cus­sions can remain con­fi­den­tial. Mem­bers are expect­ed to attend at least 75% of meetings.

How to apply?

Sub­mit your appli­ca­tion by fill­ing in the form below.

Please ensure you have reviewed the fol­low­ing documentation.