Become a consumer representative

 The feedback and thoughts of our consumers, the people who use our services at CAHS, matter to us.

What do we mean when we use the word 'consumer'?

There are all types of people who use our services at CAHS. We serve children, young people, parents, siblings, carers and families in many different ways when they visit us. We call all of these people ‘consumers’. 

Become a consumer representative

Apply to become a consumer representative by completing a brief online form

You will be asked to give your opinion on issues and changes to our health service, and you will be paid for your time.

Read our policy on Consumer Involvement in Healthcare Design and Management (PDF 298kb).

Consumer Representative induction

We now run regular Consumer Representatives Induction for consumer representatives. If you are working with Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) staff to improve services, as a member of a committee or working group you are expected to attend an induction to support you in your role. At the induction you will learn about:

  • The different services that form CAHS
  • What standards the health service have to meet
  • Consumer engagement at CAHS
  • How you can be effective as a consumer representative

Sessions last for 2.5 hours and have been organised for a range of dates and times throughout the year both online and face to face at Perth Children’s Hospital.

You can register for any of the sessions at our training registration form

If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact us at or on 6456 5133.

How to apply

Explore the opportunities available in the accordion menus below or complete this online form.

Current opportunities

Our vacancies have been split into the areas of the health service, including committees and councils that represent all of CAHS.

Consumer Advisory Council

The Consumer Advisory Council (parent and carer) is a group that meets monthly, consisting of 12 parents and carers of children who:

  • Have been patients at Perth Children’s Hospital or Neonates at King Edward Memorial Hospital
  • Visited a child health nurse or school nurse 
  • Accessed our mental health services
  • Are eligible to access any of the above services

The Council meets monthly. Its main duties are to:

  • Discuss consumer issues and raise with the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) Executive
  • Provide advice to CAHS from a parent and carer perspective
  • Give feedback on the information CAHS provides to the public
  • Provide thoughts on how CAHS delivers our services

Apply to join the Consumer Advisory Council

Community Health Research Advisory Group

Community Health is very excited to be establishing its first Community Health Research Advisory Group – a group of consumers who will contribute to deciding what research we should do and how we should do it.  

The Research Advisory Group will be involved in:  

  • Planning what research Community Health should be focused on, alongside staff from Community Health
  • Advising on how to promote research projects amongst families
  • Giving ideas and feedback on research projects

What do you need to be involved?

  • Experience using Community Health Services – this might include Community Health Nursing (child health assessments), Child Development Service, Immunisation, School Health Services or with services provided by our Aboriginal or Refugee Health Teams.  
  • An understanding of how research can make a difference in children’s and families’ lives.  

It would also be good to be able to:

  • give constructive feedback
  • develop and share creative ideas
  • make decisions and come to shared agreements as part of a group.  

Meetings will be every 2-3 months and will be an hour long. 

You will be remunerated $35 for every meeting you attend.

The meetings will be held at our building in Mill Street in Perth City, with good public transport links nearby, but there will also be the option to attend online.  

Apply to join the Community Health Research Advisory Group

We are looking for young people and parents, families and carers to join us as consumer representatives at CAMHS.

Find out more about the open opportunities for consumer representatives.

Last Updated: 21/09/2023