En­gag­ing for a health­ier fu­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - WIDE BAY MEDICARE LOCAL -

THE Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal is com­mit­ted to con­nect­ing health to meet lo­cal needs, and is build­ing upon the re­la­tion­ships devel­oped by its founder, GP Links Wide Bay.

It is forg­ing strong links with the Wide Bay health com­mu­nity in or­der to work to­gether on im­prov­ing the ca­pac­ity of the pri­mary health care sec­tor.

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with pa­tients, lo­cal hos­pi­tals (pub­lic and pri­vate), en­gag­ing with health care pro­fes­sion­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions and work­ing closely with all lev­els of government will help to achieve bet­ter out­comes for the com­mu­nity

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Michael Mass­ing­ham said the Medi­care Lo­cal firmly be­lieved an en­gaged health­care com­mu­nity would be the cat­a­lyst for change and im­proved ser­vices.

“At the core of our en­gage­ment is a will­ing­ness to con­sult with pa­tients and health pro­fes­sion­als,” Mr Mass­ing­ham said.

“In fact, we have just formed Health Care Pro­fes­sional Groups across the Wide Bay, with each group rep­re­sent­ing a ma­jor health­care pro­fes­sion, such as doc­tors, nurses, den­tists, phar­ma­cists and a host of oth­ers.

“Th­ese groups and oth­ers such as the Wide Bay Fraser Coast Pri­mary Care Part­ner­ship will help drive pos­i­tive change.

“We have also jointly es­tab­lished a Con­sumer Ad­vi­sory Net­work, made up of pa­tients and car­ers in con­junc­tion with the Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

“We recog­nise the im­por­tance of lis­ten­ing to pa­tients and al­low­ing them to ex­press their opin­ions, share their ex­pe­ri­ences and help shape the fu­ture of health ser­vices.

“We be­lieve con­sumer ad­vi­sors are in a po­si­tion to im­prove the qual­ity of lo­cal health care by pro­vid­ing in­put on de­ci­sion-mak­ing and strate­gic plan­ning for health ser­vices,” Mr Mass­ing­ham said.

There are cur­rently two Con­sumer Ad­vi­sory Net­works in the Wide Bay, one rep­re­sent­ing pa­tients and car­ers from Bund­aberg and ru­ral ar­eas of the North Bur­nett and an­other on the Fraser Coast.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

CON­SUL­TA­TIVE: The Con­sumer Ad­vi­sory Net­work of Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal and Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vices.

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