HealthWest’s Community Advisory Group (better known as the CAG) was established in 2016 and meets quarterly to advise HealthWest in all things community engagement.
In 2018-19, the CAG was made up of six members who live in Melbourne’s west, covering a range of backgrounds and experiences.
My name is Mehak Sheikh. I am from Wyndham and have also lived in Brimbank. I’m a first generation migrant, arriving to Australia in 2012 with my parents and a younger brother.
Why I joined the Community Advisory Group: I put my hand up for the HealthWest CAG for a number of reasons, including reflecting a migrant youth voice and channelling my interests in health. While completing my honours in Psychology, I was compelled to pursue more preventative mental health care approaches, which HealthWest embodies. I have a passion for enhancing communities’ health and wellbeing from a holistic perspective, addressing the social determinants of health and constantly striving for a healthier society.
I am a second generation Vietnamese-Australian Brimbank citizen. I finished a degree in Architecture recently. Up till this day, I have been exploring the avenues of community work and participation as a ‘young person’ and advocator for climate change action, mental health and wellbeing and youth participation.
Why I joined the Community Advisory Group: I joined the Community Advisory Group because I want to speak on behalf of the people in my community. I want to engage with other people in health issues in a big picture/holistic/systemic thinking way. I hope I can share my Vietnamese culture and perspectives of interfaith to the discussion.
I have lived in Yarraville and worked in the western suburbs for approximately 29 years. I am retired, after working primarily in the health services field for over 30 years as an advocate and advisor.
Why I joined the Community Advisory Group: I was keen to positively participate in the enhancement of understandings through the Community Advisory Group. As a member of the LGBTIQ community I appreciate the sensitivities of servicing the diverse client groups in our local community. I believe I can offer commitment, extensive knowledge, a passion for community wellbeing, and a proactive positive communication approach to health servicing in the West through representations, from and to, our local practitioners and community members.
I have lived in the western suburbs for over 30 years and in Braybrook for about 25 of those. I am semi-retired but keep myself busy by volunteering at various organisations including Australian Multicultural Community Services and cohealth.
Why I joined the Community Advisory Group: I joined for many reasons. To be a representative for my community, many of which are at the very lowest income bracket, older people and people with multiple health & social issues and to the best of my ability ensure that the needs of all our western suburbs communities are considered. I also joined to gain knowledge of the various services on offer in the west to better refer people to organisations that suit their needs.