Community Advisory Committee


Meet our Community Advisory Committee


Our Community Advisory Committee (C.A.C) is a sub-committee of the Bass Coast Health Board of Directors. The committee works with and provides advice to the Board on behalf of the community. This partnership ensures broader community needs and expectations are considered in decision-making about the health service.


Another essential role for the committee is to ensure that Bass Coast Health partners with consumers to ensure it delivers safe, high quality, appropriate and accessible healthcare. Health outcomes and experiences are improved if people are given an opportunity to be actively involved in their health care decisions. Health services and individual outcomes are at their best when consumers are involved in improvement opportunities and higher level strategic decision-making and governance.


Our Members

      Diana Holmberg (Chair)- appointed Nov 2018

After holidaying in the region for 30 years Diana and her husband purchased a hobby farm in the beautiful Hills of Bass Coast joining their children who already reside in the area. 

Recently retiring Diana was looking for a way to give back and become more involved locally.  Moving from the city to the country it soon became evident some of the challenges people face rurally, along with having a keen interest in positive experiences and culture and a mind for system improvements, Diana jumped at the opportunity to be involved with her local health service. 

Diana has had extensive experience in strategy, governance, information technology and mentoring. Her involvement with many local networks and interests enables her to have conversations with the community about their needs and discuss these ideas further with the committee
HILARY ADAMS - appointed August 2016

Hilary has lived in the Bass Coast shire for 13 years. Hilary says she loves “…the mix and uniqueness of how our vast rural environment where it meets the water and the friendliness and caring nature of the Bass Coast community”.

Hilary was motivated to join the C.A.C as she felt that it would provide her with a forum to have constructive input into the current and future direction of her local healthcare provider - Bass Coast Health.

Hilary’s career focused on workplace-based mediation, rehabilitation and injury prevention. Most recently, Hilary has had the privilege of working as the Rehabilitation Advisor for Ambulance Victoria (AV) throughout the Gippsland Region. She says this has greatly assisted her knowledge of the challenges a vast region presents for people accessing health services.

CAROLINE TALBOT – appointed July 2012.

Caroline has lived at Newhaven for 49 years. Raising her family here, Caroline began by helping on local education committees and also worked as an administrator at Newhaven primary school for 25 years. Caroline’s extensive volunteering history includes, Scouting for 30 years, monitoring the 24 hour emergency radio at the Newhaven Yacht Squadron and is currently a local Justice of the Peace, volunteering at the Wonthaggi Police Station and witnessing locally. Caroline is also a Probus member and a Board member of the San Remo District Financial Services (Bendigo Bank).  

Caroline feels that having a family member living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has given her firsthand experience and understanding of the challenges of this disease and she offers her support to others as a member of the Face to Face Peer Support Group for people living with MS. Caroline has given enormously to the Bass Coast community for almost 50 years and was deservedly awarded the Bass Coast Citizen of the Year Award in 2011. 


    JOYCE BALL – appointed August 2016

Joyce has lived in the Bass Coast shire for 13 years, Joyce said she loves, “…being a part of a small and supportive community and the vibe when visitors arrive in summer and for special events.”

Joyce, a very proactive local volunteer, is involved with, Rotary, Phillip Island Community & Learning Centre Inc. (PICAL) (as President), the Newhaven Tourist Information Centre (as an Information Officer) and the Office of the Public Advocate (as a Community Visitor).

Joyce brings extensive and diverse skills to the C.A.C, having worked as an Outreach Support Worker with Melbourne City Mission, Southern Mental Health Association and Peninsula Community Health Service, supporting people living with multiple and complex disabilities. With this experience Joyce ensures that our communication and strategic decision-making considers the complexities and diversity of people living in our community.