The Mackay Community Health Reference Group was established in June 2019 and consists of ten members which play an important role in being the voice for consumers community members who are accessing healthcare services provided by the Mackay HHS (including the Mackay Base Hospital). Members of the group participate in a voluntary capacity and act as a voice for their community by providing feedback into the design and development of future of healthcare services for the Mackay HHS geographical catchment area.
Members of the group are conduit for information between the community and health service and regularly help us collect community feedback on specific topics or projects we may be working on. If your interested in becoming involved please contact our community engagement team by emailing email@example.com or phone (07) 4885 6801.
Our Mackay Community Health Reference Group members
Danny Baker had been a member on the Consumer Advisory Partners group from March 2016 – February 2019.
Along with being a retired electrician, Danny has more than 15 years’ experience working as a support worker for various community services across Mackay. Danny is passionate about connecting with people and giving back to the community.
He is an active community member and is involved with a number of community groups such as the Mackay Regional Mental Health Network, Mackay Advocacy Incorporated, Mackay Housing Interest Network, Mackay Homeless Outreach Partnership, Mackay Drop-In Centre, Men’s Shed and North Rugby League and Cricket associations.
Vivien lives in Mackay and is of Filipino heritage. Vivien is presently a member of the Consumer Advisory Partners group since March 2017.
Since 2000, Vivien has been involved with the not-for-profit, George Street Neighbourhood Centre as a volunteer with Good Beginnings Family Support Program. She also offers support to migrants in the Mackay region through the World Café cultural sharing program. Since 2009, Vivien has been a member of the Zonta Club of Mackay, which seeks to advance the status of women worldwide.
Through her experience and links with the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector as a trainer and assessor, Vivien hopes to be a voice for the community of multicultural groups and disadvantaged people.
Beth lives in Mackay and had been a member on the Consumer Advisory Partners group since March 2017 – February 2019.
Beth is a dedicated volunteer and is actively involved as the Chronic Conditions Group Volunteer Coordinator, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Morning Group, was the founder and coordinator of the MS Coffee and Chat group, the Mackay Volunteer Coordinator for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Assn Aust Inc, the Mackay Regional Council Equitable Access Action Committee/Accessible Communities Action Plan Advisory Committee and is involved in the Mackay Women’s Centre.
Beth’s personal experience with the healthcare system stems from an inherited neurological condition, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder. This provides her with a first-hand understanding of the needs and issues relating to people with disability in the community. Beth is passionate about sharing her condition and experiences to be able to help improve facilities and identify solutions to improve access to healthcare.
Beth is committed to improving the quality of life for consumers, their families and others.
David Conway, had been a member of the CAP from March 2016 – February 2019.
David lives in Mackay and is employed as a local area coordinator working with the NDIS. David helps people navigate the NDIS, assisting them to gain access to funding and services, reviewing clients, and insuring that all clients are looked after in the most appropriate way.
David has more than 16 years’ experience in healthcare advocacy and is an active community member. He has strong networks with Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, Mackay Advocacy Incorporated, Ideal Placements, Mackay Regional Council Access Committee, Regional Social Development Centre, and Mackay and Districts Spinal Injuries Association. Having volunteered for various committees in the Mackay Region, David has a passion for helping and wants to be the voice for people who may not be able to represent themselves.
Jenny lives in Mackay and was a CAP member from March 2017 – February 2019.
Jenny currently works in aged care as a diversional therapist in nursing. In 2011 Jenny became a kidney donor to her daughter, subsequently volunteering with Mackay Kidney Support Network and the Donate for Life program. She is actively involved in volunteering in the wider community as well and is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing.
Jenny is an accredited Tai Chi instructor. She provides exercise programs to Aged Care and Prescare to support individuals with arthritis, diabetes and those with dementia, and helps educate those in need on fall prevention.
Along with playing ladies basketball, Jenny is also an enthusiastic member of the local Stingers dragon boat club.
Marlene has been a member of the Family Advisory Partner’s since December 2017.
Marlene Bridger is a consumer of Mackay Hospital and Health Services and via her 9 year old grandson having haemophilia. “I have been Lucas’ carer, while his parents were working, since he was six months old”.
Marlene wanted to join FAP because she has developed a medical condition and can no longer take part in the large amounts of volunteer work she has been engaged in for the last 15 years. “I still want to be useful and helpful and saw volunteering for FAP as a chance to continue those things. Being a grandmother and an older person brings with it an ability to look at situations via a long term view which I think is valuable”.
Being an assistant carer to her haemophiliac grandson enables Marlene to look at the medical care and services that is provided from a different perspective.