Expressions of Interest – HIA Scoping Committee

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Following the successful Health Forum “Undermining Our Health” held in Gunnedah on 4th August, the community resolved to conduct a regional Health Impact Assessment on the Gunnedah Basin, with the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales.  To that end, we are calling for Expressions of Interest to join a scoping committee to commence this work.  A single meeting to develop the Terms of Reference for the HIA will be held in Gunnedah in mid September 2012 (indicative duration 2-4 hours).

To be effective, desirable skills of the whole committee should include:

  • Project Management
  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Health Background
  • Experience with Health Impact Assessment
  • Political/Government/Corporate Background
  • Media Skills
  •  Familiarity with the proposed developments in the region

We are looking across the region for persons with knowledge, qualifications or interest in the following areas:

Management:  Chair – oversight of process, &  media liason;   Deputy chair  – project management
4 Community Representatives:    Caroona/Mullaley/Quirindi; Maules Creek/Narrabri/Bellata/Gurley/Wee Waa.  Representative of Aboriginal groups, mine workers, townspeople  and agricultural sectors.
4 organizations or professionals:  Representatives from Mining related Councils ; Hunter New England Health; General Practitioner, Nursing, Mental Health Professional
Chartered Accountant, Lawyer or Corporate Manager

For more information regarding Health Impact Assessments see The World Health Organisation website:  http://www.who.int/hia/en/  or the UNSW HIA Guide 2007

Please contact Phil Laird <wplaird@bigpond.com> or Nicky Chirlian nicky@tallawang.com if you are interested in becoming involved in this process or wish to apply.  Applications will close on 31st August 2012.