Engaging for a healthier future
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.
CONSULTATIVE: The Consumer Advisory Network of Wide Bay Medicare Local and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services.