DHAC Guidelines, Policies, and Member Resources

Members of Western Australia’s District Health Advisory Councils have an important role in making a difference to the health outcomes in the community. There are many resources available to assist in undertaking the tasks of community engagement, advocacy and health consumer representation.

DHAC Guidelines

The DHAC Guidelines have been updated to provide detailed information on the DHAC roles, Terms of Reference, Code of Conduct, recruitment and application processes, governance, and administration.

Please also refer to the DHAC Protocols for Student Participation, for those DHACs who are partnering with local high schools and enable student participation in DHAC meetings.

Payment for Participation

The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is keen to support consumers and community members being actively engaged in improving service access as well as the quality and safety of WACHS health services.

Payment of consumers and community members in this situation is viewed as an acknowledgement of the consumers' expertise and the value of consumer input.

Travel and other costs can sometimes be a barrier to community and consumer participation.

The WACHS has applied the Health Consumers' Council recommended Consumer Representative Payment Policy and the Australian Taxation Office travel cost reimbursement rates.This policy applies to appointed District Health Advisory Council consumer and community members. Refer to the Participant payment policy below for more information: