Youth Advisory Board

St Vincent's Youth Advisory Board

What is the Youth Advisory Board?

In 2019, the Senior Leadership Team and CEO of St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney (SVHNS) endorsed the establishment of St Vincent’s Health Network Youth Advisory Board.

This youth led initiative is intended to give younger staff members the opportunity to share their experiences, insights and ideas directly with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

Members of the Youth Advisory Board will meet regularly, and work collaboratively to address organisational priorities or challenges. The group will act as an idea incubator to generate innovative solutions, with the aim of challenging traditional approaches and ways of thinking.

What will the Youth Advisory Board look like?

The group of 7-15 members will bring together a variety of perspectives from across the Network. Individuals will be between the ages of 18-35 years old, and will come from different professional backgrounds including clinical and non-clinical roles.

The Board will explore a variety of topics which are of interest to members and the leadership team. These may include:

  • Environmental action and sustainability;
  • Workplace culture and wellbeing;
  • Innovation and technology;
  • Social responsibility, social impact and mission;
  • Diversity and inclusion; and
  • Consumer or person oriented care delivery.

Board members will be appointed initially, for a one year term. Regular meetings will be held at least monthly during the course of the year. During these meetings, facilitation and scribe roles will be rotated to allow multiple members the opportunity to lead discussions and capture ideas. 

Members of the group will also have the opportunity to present meeting outputs and recommended initiatives to project sponsors including the SVHN SLT and CEO.

All Board activities will be supported and coordinated by the Youth Advisory Board project team.

What will be expected of Board members?

All Board members will be expected to attend Board meetings on a regular basis. Attendance can be face to face (on Darlinghurst campus) or by video conference from other sites.

Board meeting times will be scheduled around availability of members. For shift workers, meetings will be scheduled to align with rosters where possible. However, it should be noted for some staff participation will be in addition to regular working hours.

A small amount of preparation, investigative work or write-up work may be conducted by Board members between meetings. Despite this, Board commitments are not expected to conflict with existing roles or responsibilities.

Who can apply?

Any staff member who would like to get involved and is between the ages of 18-35 years is able to apply. Staff from all service areas, departments and facilities are encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for the inaugural Youth Advisory Board. Please check back in late 2020 for information on future applications. If you have any questions, please contact the Youth Advisory Board team via: SVHN.YouthAdvisory@svha.org.au

When will members be selected and notified?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in January 2020.

How else can I get involved?

If you are a younger staff member who is interested in getting involved, but you do not wish to participate on the board itself, you can link up to members and the project team through our Workplace Connect group “Sydney Youth Connect”.

Please check back on this page for future updates on Board progress, activities, and information on networking events.

If you have any other questions about this project, please contact SVHN.youthadvisory@svha.org.au