Health board chair­man says to work to­gether

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Sue Har­ris

THE North Bur­nett needs to start work­ing to­gether, says Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Board chair­man Gary Kirk.

Mr Kirk, deputy chair­woman Bar­bara Ho­vard and board mem­ber Adrian Daniel vis­ited Monto, Eidsvold, Mun­dub­bera, Gayn­dah and Biggen­den this week to meet Com­mu­nity Ad­vi­sory Net­work mem­bers.

Mr Kirk didn’t prom­ise to de­liver on any CAN wish lists but praised each health ser­vice for what they were al­ready do­ing well. Af­ter lis­ten­ing to con­cerns at each cen­tre, he gave a guar­an­tee he would in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

“The board over­views hos­pi­tals and health ser­vices and faces chal­leng­ing times,” he said.

“I don’t like to raise ex­pec­ta­tions and then not de­liver.”

Con­cerns in­cluded pa­tient trans­port, dif­fi­culty at­tract­ing per­ma­nent doc­tors and po­ten­tial fund­ing losses es­pe­cially in coun­selling ser­vices.

Mr Kirk said it was vi­tal North Bur­nett towns did not com­pete against each other.

“We don’twant Monto com- pet­ing against Gayn­dah for ex­am­ple,” he said.

“You need to see the North Bur­nett as your area and work to­gether to achieve the best out­comes for all.”

Dot Hamil­ton OAM of Eidsvold re­cently joined An­nette Evans on the Bund­aberg and Ru­ral CAN, to con­tinue the in- put from the North Bur­nett to the Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Board.

But the board is search­ing for one new mem­ber who has a strong un­der­stand­ing of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Kirk urged peo­ple with the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions to ap­ply straight away as ap­pli­ca­tions close on De­cem­ber 3.

He also ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Coun­cil­lor Faye Whe­lan and Mun­dub­bera CAN chair­woman San­dra Schulz for or­gan­is­ing the meet­ings so all health cen­tres in the North Bur­nett could be vis­ited in two days.

Biggen­den CAN chair­man Don Proc­tor thanked the trio for their in­ter­est.

“This has never hap­pened in the past,” he said.

“We are not go­ing to fix ev­ery­thing overnight but we are mak­ing progress.”

Ro­tary Lodge was high­lighted with all agree­ing what an as­set the Bund­aberg fa­cil­ity is to the peo­ple of the North Bur­nett.

“Prob­lems will take time to rec­tify; qual­ity counts, fi­nance mat­ters and that’s the re­al­ity,” Mr Kirk said.

“We are well aware that health ser­vices are an im­por­tant part of the fab­ric of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and are com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing th­ese ser­vices.”

Photo: Sue Har­ris

CANDO: Although not mak­ing prom­ises, Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Board chair­man Gary Kirk (cen­tre) did guar­an­tee is­sues raised at North Bur­nett Com­mu­nity Ad­vi­sory Net­works meet­ingswould be in­ves­ti­gated. Mr Kirk was ac­com­pa­nied by board­mem­bers Bar­bara Ho­vard (right) and Adrian Daniel (left). Also in the photo are Mun­dub­bera CAN chair­woman San­dra Schulz and Cr Faye Whe­lan who co-or­di­nated the meet­ings through­out the North Bur­nett.

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