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CHF provides consumer representatives for a range of health-related committees and working parties. Consumer participation has been shown to improve the quality of health service decisions, systems and outcomes.
CHF regards it as best practice for consumer organisations to select their own representatives from a wide base of consumers, rather than for health organisations to choose
. CHF will use the information you provide on this form to find nominees through its membership of over 100 health consumer groups. The CHF Consumer Representatives Program Reference Group reviews the nominations and provides the CHF Executive Director with recommendations. The CHF Consumer Relationships Manager will then provide you with our nominee’s contact details and some biographical information. Please allow 6-8 weeks for this process.
 See Principles for the Appointment of Consumer Representatives: A Process for Government and Industry, Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (Treasury) Final Paper, June 2005
Requesting Organisation Details
Details of Committee
Name of committee / working group / other
Terms of reference / brief description of role
Are you approaching other consumer organisations for nominees?
CHF is a national organisation providing representatives for national committees. Some committees have more than one consumer position and may approach other organisations to fill the second seat. CHF needs to be aware of this. Except in the case of Ministerial appointments as prescribed in regulations, we do not submit consumer representatives in competition with other organisations. If you approach us for a consumer representative, we expect that the person nominated by CHF will become the consumer representative on the committee.
How often will the group meet?
Number of consumer representatives sought
Remuneration for consumer representatives
CHF expects organisations to demonstrate their commitment to consumer participation by meeting the expenses incurred by consumer reps and by remunerating them for their time (see the
Principles for the Appointment of Consumer Representatives: A process for Governments and Industry, Commonwealth Treasury Consumer Affairs Advisory Council, June 2005). This recognises the fact that almost all other members of a committee will be paid for their time through their professional bodies or salaried employment. Consumers, however, frequently forego their paid employment in order to prepare for and attend a committee meeting. CHF does not put its consumer representatives in positions where they will be financially disadvantaged by their desire to improve health care. Please confirm that your organisation will pay the following expenses, likely to be incurred by consumer representatives.
If you are unable or unwilling to meet these reasonable costs, please provide a written justification. In some cases, CHF may still consider your request but will not give it high priority.
It is preferable for you to book and pay for this on the consumer representative’s behalf.
If required due to meeting times or health state – again please book and pay on the representative’s behalf.
e.g. parking, printing, telephone calls, childcare
Sitting fees at remuneration tribunal rates
If no to any of the above, please provide a justification here.
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