Striv­ing for best care

Medi­care Lo­cal forms part of Na­tional Health Re­form


THE Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal was es­tab­lished in May 2012 as part of the Aus­tralian Government’s Na­tional Health Re­form.

It is al­ready work­ing hard to co-or­di­nate and im­prove the de­liv­ery of pri­mary health care and tack­ling the Wide Bay’s health care needs and ser­vice gaps.

Pri­mary health care in­cludes front­line ser­vices pro­vided by GPs, com­mu­nity nurses, den­tists, phar­ma­cists, di­eti­tians, op­tometrists, phys­io­ther­a­pists and other com­mu­nity-based health pro­fes­sion­als.

The WBML is gov­erned by a board whose direc­tors have the right mix of skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tion to es­tab­lish the or­gan­i­sa­tion as the driv­ing force for health care im­prove­ment in the Wide Bay.

They are mo­ti­vated by the be­lief that the health sec­tor can­not act alone to im­prove the health of the pop­u­la­tion, and must en­gage with all stake­hold­ers to en­sure shared re­spon­si­bil­ity and cre­ate part­ner­ships for ef­fec­tive ac­tion.


■ Dr Paul Neeskens (WBML chair), Fraser Coast gen­eral prac­ti­tioner

■ Michael Wa­ters (WBML vice-chair), so­lic­i­tor

■ Dr Ajesh Ishri, Bund­aberg gen­eral prac­ti­tioner.

■ Adrian Car­son, CEO, In­sti­tute for Ur­ban In­dige­nous Health.

■ Pro­fes­sor Scott Kitch­ener, Queens­land Ru­ral Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion.

■ Grant Maclean, chair of Re­gional Devel­op­ment Aus­tralia-Wide Bay Bur­nett

■ Tanya O’Shea, CEO, IM­PACT – Make Your Mark

Chair Dr Paul Neeskens said the pur­pose of the WBML was to en­hance pri­mary health care across the whole of the Wide Bay.

“By con­nect­ing clin­i­cians, health providers and the com­mu­nity, we can work to­wards more ef­fec­tive health care,” Dr Neeskens said.

“We have al­ready es­tab­lished a set of prin­ci­ples, which the board, our CEO and staff are us­ing to base their de­ci­sions and ac­tions upon, and which help guide us to­wards our pur­pose.”

■ Our mis­sion – to ad­vance pri­mary health care.

■ Our vi­sion – con­nected clin­i­cians, providers and the com­mu­nity for ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive health care.

■ Our val­ues – Rel­e­vance – out­comes that mat­ter to peo­ple;

Eq­uity – ad­dress­ing un­met need, in­clu­sive of the whole com­mu­nity;

Re­spect – an eth­i­cal ap­proach to in­di­vid­ual choices and pref­er­ences;

Util­ity – al­ways seek­ing to add value.

Success – high per­for­mance against ex­pec­ta­tions.

Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal CEO Shane Daw­son said the

We drive im­prove­ment in pri­mary health care

Shane Daw­son

pri­mary health­care sec­tor was large and di­verse.

“The great bulk of most peo­ple’s health care oc­curs out­side of the hospi­tal set­ting and is pro­vided by GPs, phys­io­ther­a­pists, po­di­a­trists, phar­ma­cists, aged care or­gan­i­sa­tions, com­mu­nity nurses and so on,” Mr Daw­son said.

“We drive im­prove­ments in pri­mary health care and we strive to en­sure that health ser­vices are matched to the needs of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“By iden­ti­fy­ing gaps in health ser­vices and work­ing in part­ner­ship with all health stake­hold­ers, we can find real and work­able so­lu­tions.

“We also con­nect health providers so that pa­tients have con­ti­nu­ity of care and a seam­less jour­ney through the health care en­vi­ron­ment.”

The gov­er­nance and man­age­ment struc­ture work closely to ef­fec­tively de­liver strate­gic ob­jec­tives.

Mr Daw­son leads a wellqual­i­fied team of health­care ex­perts with the hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in re­gional health care man­age­ment and health ser­vice de­liv­ery to make a pos­i­tive change.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is fo­cused on clin­i­cal lead­er­ship, pop­u­la­tion health plan­ning, col­lec­tion and man­age­ment of vi­tal health data, e-health ini­tia­tives, con­sumer and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and the de­liv­ery of pri­mary health care pro­grams.


HEALTH CARE: Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal CEO Shane Daw­son.

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