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
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.