Consumer perspective sought for Charles Sturt allied health service advisory committee

22 JULY 2019

Consumer perspective sought for Charles Sturt allied health service advisory committee

Committee will allow individuals receiving allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and podiatry, and their families and carers, to provide a consumer perspective

  • Consumers in three regional centres can advise on the development of Charles Sturt courses for allied health services
  • The University committee seeks input in Albury-Wodonga, Orange, and Port Macquarie
  • Interested community members can apply by Friday 23 August

Charles Sturt University’s (Charles Sturt) School of Community Health is seeking people passionate about allied health services in Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie to join a committee to advise on what is taught in the allied health courses offered through the School.

Head of the School, Associate Professor Michael Curtin, said the new committee will allow individuals receiving allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and podiatry, and their families and carers, to provide a consumer perspective on the Charles Sturt courses.

“We are keen to hear from people who receive allied health services, as this will contribute to our students’ learning about healthcare practice that focuses on people,” Professor Curtin said.

“Committee members will offer their perspectives on allied health services currently available for individuals in their community, in and around Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie, and on how best to meet the needs of people receiving these services.”

Professor Curtin said the School was interested in recruiting people for the committee who live in and around Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie as this is where the School has its courses.

“We are also looking for people from a range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and with a range of abilities,” he said.

Committee members will join for two years, with membership renewable for a further two years, with a minimum of two meetings per year.

They will receive an honorarium in recognition of their contribution, and may attend meetings either in person or via video or telephone conferencing. 

Professor Curtin said, “It is essential to involve people who receive allied health services in the training of allied health students to ensure our graduates learn the importance of centring their attention on the person in all aspects of the services they plan and deliver in a partnership with other health professionals.”

People interested to be on this committee are encouraged to email Professor Curtin on mcurtin@csu.edu.au with:

  • Their name
  • The town where they live
  • A brief description of allied health services they have received
  • A brief explanation of what they can contribute to the committee

Please send expressions of interest by Friday 23 August.

For further information on the advisory committee, contact Professor Curtin on (02) 6051 9209 or email mcurtin@csu.edu.au
Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Associate Professor Michael Curtin or Dr Tracey Parnell in Albury-Wodonga and Orange, and Professor Gail Whiteford in Port Macquarie, contact Dave Neil at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0407 332 718 or news@csu.edu.au.

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