Tuesday 31 July 2018

Bass Coast Health’s Community Advisory Committee farewells founding members Kate McLaughlin and Bruce Procter.



Bass Coast Health (BCH) sadly farewelled two founding members of its Community Advisory Committee, Bruce Procter and Kate McLaughlin after 6 years volunteering their time to improve our local health care services. 


BCH Acting CEO, Louise Sparkes said the contributions of both members have been invaluable to the quality of healthcare we provide to the Bass Coast community, stating

“Bruce and Kate have ensured important views and needs of our community are incorporated into our planning and services”.


“On behalf of the Board, Executive team and our staff, I would like to sincerely thank them for their commitment and contribution, their input will be sorely missed”, she said.


Bruce and Kate originally helped establish the Community Advisory Committee in 2012 when the BCH Board were seeking ways to better engage with and seek advice from the local community.   This partnership ensures that community needs and expectations are considered in planning, monitoring and delivery of safe, high-quality, and accessible healthcare.


Some of the projects the committee has been involved with include development of the Clinical Services Plan for the south coast sub-region, BCH’s master planning process, advocating for the Patient Opinion website, and the health service’s commitment to ensure people have a choice in appropriate end of life care.  


From its humble beginnings, Bruce says that the committee is now fully functional.


“Members are also participants in various quality and safety committees throughout BCH, which brings valuable consumers’ perspectives to the table during discussions”, he said.


Committee members are actively involved in other areas of the community.  Combined with their own health care experiences, this gives them a great understanding of community needs.  


Anyone who may be interested in joining the Community Advisory Committee and would like more information, please email quality@basscoasthealth.org.au or phone 03 5671 9217.

Pictured (Back row, L-R): BCH Community Advisory Committee members Terry Shannon, Neil Beddoe and Greg Mead.

(Middle row, L-R): BCH Board Director Mary Whelan, BCH Quality Manager Sharrie Grocock, BCH Acting CEO Louise Sparkes, BCH Community Advisory Committee members Hilary Adams and Joyce Ball, BCH Executive Director of Quality, Risk & Residential Care Noni Bourke, BCH Community Advisory Committee Chair Caroline Talbot.