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The Gold Coast Community Advisory Council

The Gold Coast Community Advisory Council is strengthening partnerships and stakeholder engagement to improve primary healthcare for local residents.

In 2014, the Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) established the first Gold Coast Community Advisory Council. Now in its fifth year of operation, the Community Advisory Council (CAC) continues to provide input from a community perspective in key areas of:

  • Service planning and design, informing priority setting and resource allocation including the needs analysis and the annual plan
  • Service delivery, informing recommendations to improve patient flow and experiences
  • Service monitoring and evaluation, informing the use of evaluation and performance data to identify and drive improvement
GCPHN Community Advisory Council

The advice from the CAC goes to the GCPHN Board and is viewed as influential in ensuring decisions, investments and innovations are appropriately patient-centred, cost effective, locally relevant and aligned to local care experiences and expectations.

Membership of the CAC is determined via an open expression of interest process. Various criteria including age, gender, geographic dispersal and experience of primary health services are applied to the selection process to ensure the CAC adequately represents the broader Gold Coast community.

Recruitment for the CAC occurs annually or when required by the GCPHN to maintain a true reflection of the Gold Coast community.

GCPHN have published an academic paper in the Australian Journal of Primary Health discussing the approach underpinning the Community Advisory Council "Not just tea and biscuits; the Gold Coast Primary Health Network process of designing, implementing and operating a Community Advisory Council". 

For further enquiries please contact GCPHN on 07 5635 2455 or email


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