Structure and Governance

The CHeReL is managed by the NSW Ministry of Health. The manager of the CHeReL reports to the Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health and Chief Health Officer through the Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence.

Other organisations may become members of the CHeReL and participate in the Data Linkage Advisory Committee. The Data Linkage Advisory Committee plays a key role in providing advice to the NSW Ministry of Health on the CHeReL's strategic plan, the development of record linkage infrastructure and services, and the use of linked data to enhance policy-relevant research and inform policy and practice.

CHeReL Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee will provide advice to the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) Manager on issues of community interest in the operation of the CHeReL, including:

  • a communication strategy for information to be provided to the community;
  • procedures for responding to complaints from the community or other concerns that may be raised by the community ;
  • whether proposed projects are likely to be in the public benefit or not, where this is not immediately clear;
  • the strategic and business plans of the CHeReL;
  • policies and procedures of the CHeReL;
  • any other issues that are of concern to the Community Advisory Committee members or NSW Ministry of Health.

Current members of the Community Advisory Committee are:                                                                                 

Ms Louise Sylvan (Chair)Ms Narelle Bell, Dr Catherine Burrows, Dr Jan Herbert, Ms Megan LavenderMs Roxane Marcelle-Shaw, Ms Karen McMahonDr Lee Taylor and Dr Russell Taylor.

Members are recruited following open advertisements placed in Sydney and Canberra newspapers and are selected based on the following criteria:

  • interest in health and health services research at a population level
  • interest in the work of the CHeReL
  • experience in a role as a consumer representative or a role that is relevant to the work of the CHeReL
  • ability to communicate with researchers, management and other committee members
  • ability to participate in regular meetings.

Committee members are not selected as consumer representatives or advocates for any specific group or organisation. They are selected on individual merit and capacity to contribute to the CHeReL.

Members are appointed for one year, with possible extension to a maximum of four years. They are not offered remuneration but are reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses to attend meetings.

The Community Advisory Committee meets three times per year. Members freely contribute their knowledge, experience and perspective to committee considerations. In addition there may be occasions where it is appropriate for a member to garner opinion, advice, and/or perspectives from others in the community.