Community Engagement Conference

Improving Health Conference – For Everyone

The fifth annual Health Care Community Engagement Conference will be held at Ballina on Thursday, 22 November 2018.

The conference program features a wide range of interesting speakers, headlined by internationally-respected researcher and author, Dr Ray Moynihan.

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Improving Health – Everybody’s Business, Everyone’s Responsibility”. This is a free event which will bring together health consumers, community representatives, health workers, clinicians and academics from across Northern NSW.

The conference is an initiative of the Community Engagement Advisory Council, the peak community advisory group for Northern NSW Local Health District and North Coast Primary Health Network.

Register for the conference online via eventbrite.

For more information, please contact:

Gerald May, Community Engagement Manager
Northern NSW Local Health District
0438 882 817



Northern NSW Community Engagement Advisory Council Annual Conference 2017

This year’s Conference is a one-day event on the 14 December 2017.  Following the Community Engagement Advisory Council (CEAC) meeting in September 2017 the Conference consist of panels of subject experts, clinicians, community representatives, health service management.   A copy of this years program is available CLICK HERE

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CEAC is pleased to advise that Jay Allen, Community Coordinator Melanoma Institute Australia is this year’s Keynote Speaker.


Jay Allen is a  former truck driver and patient of Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). He is married with four children and lives in the NSW Southern Highlands.As MIA’s Community Coordinator, Jay has devoted the   last six years to spreading the sun-safe message to schools, organisations   and communities around Australia. He even recently trekked 1200kms from Brisbane to Sydney to raise vital money for a clinical trial for advanced melanoma   patients.Jay’s story about surviving melanoma is  raw, honest, and inspiring. As he says, “Melanoma Institute Australia saved my life and I want to give back by raising awareness about melanoma and how to reduce the risks”.Jay is motivated by the experts at Melanoma Institute Australia the oncologists, professors, surgeons and staff.   “They are the real heroes,” he says



Northern NSW 2016 Community Engagement Conference Evaluation Click here

Northern NSW Community Engagement Program Registration 2016 Click here 


KEYNOTE ADDRESS   – Kelly Foran, founder and CEO of the Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation

Kelly Foran is an enthusiastic businesswoman but above all she is human. From first hand experience she knows the frailty of life and of the often overwhelming challenges faced when country people become ill or injured.

For several years from 2002 Kelly and her young son endured a harrowing list of illnesses, which saw her family leaving their home in rural New South Wales and spending large amounts of time in hospitals in Sydney and Brisbane. The logistics of handling not only operations and depleted funds but of finding basic services in a strange environment led Kelly to form Friendly Faces Helping Hands, a foundation which links country people to major hospitals and invaluable health services.


2015 Conference Evaluation click here

Video Testimonials 2015 Conference

Keynote Speaker and Patient Advocate Laila Hallam

Carer Representative Northern NSW Local Health District Mental Health Forum Linda Ward

Community Representative from Mid North Coast Local Health District Robbie Lloyd

2015 Patient Experience / Integration and Partnerhsip in Health Care

Conference Program 2015

Conference Evaluation 2015

Keynote Speaker Laila Hallam

laila2Laila became an accidental advocate for her father over 10 years ago.  Tortured with a rapidly failing body, and losing his ability to speak, Laila took on her father’s voice as he lost his.  She has now commenced postgraduate research in Patient-Centred Care and, in the last few months, working formally with Sydney Local Health District as a Patient Experience Manager.



Conference Program 2014

Conference Evaluation 2014