NSW Regional Health Partners Welcomes Vivienne Scott as New Chair of Consumer Advisory Committee

NSW Regional Health Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Vivienne Scott as the new Chair of the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC). A founding member of the CAC, Vivienne brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to her new role. She will be supported by Ivy Scurr who has been appointed as the new Deputy Chair.

Vivienne is an experienced consumer representative with a strong interest in, and commitment to, improving health outcomes in the community through research and evidenced-based treatments. Drawing from her lived experience with Type 2 Diabetes, Neuropathy and Long Covid, she has been involved as a consumer with Diabetes NSW, Health Consumers NSW and the Central Coast Local Health District’s Diabetes and Operational Research Strategies.

In the past year, Vivienne has been actively recruiting consumers for “Consumer Connect.” Her background in adult learning has also enabled her to contribute to the development of a co-design learning resource for researchers and consumers, “Developing Research Together.”

Expressing her enthusiasm for her new role, Vivienne said, “I look forward to collaborating with a wide range of people to improve community involvement across health research, policy and program implementation. Together, we can make a significant impact on the health of our community.”

Ivy Scurr, the newly appointed Deputy Chair, has a long-standing history of advocacy across environmental, social justice, disability, and LGBTQIA+ issues in the Hunter region. Her passion for diversity, inclusion and public health aligns seamlessly with the goals of the Consumer Advisory Committee.

Nicolette Hodyl, NSW Regional Health Partners Director stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Vivienne and Ivy to lead our Consumer Advisory Committee. Both bring a diverse range of experience that is invaluable to the committee and NSW Regional Health Partners. We are confident they will positively impact and strengthen the health research being conducted in our region.”

The role of Chair of NSW Regional Health Partners’ Consumer Advisory Committee is a 12-month appointment. We sincerely thank Brigitte Sigl for her leadership as Chair over the last 12 months and look forward to working with her as the Outgoing Chair of the Committee this year.