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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 assists with sourcing consumer representation in two ways. In a select number of cases CHF runs a selection and nomination process (nominating consumer representatives to a limited number of high level national committees and those related to funded priority areas).

Where we cannot assist in this way, CHF advertises  consumer representative opportunities to our national network, with applications going directly to the committee organisers (CHF does not play a role in the selection or nomination).  When CHF does not play a role in the selection or nomination process the successful consumer representative cannot be referred to as a CHF nominated consumer representative. 

Please allow 3-4 weeks for this process.

[1] See Principles for the Appointment of Consumer Representatives: A Process for Government and Industry, Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (Treasury) Final Paper, June 2005

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Details of Committee

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.

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
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