Seeking better health pathways
Advocate Tanya Bell It’s one of the greatest health investments we can make.
CHILDREN may benefit from better integrated health services in years to come, a Wide Bay Medicare Local spokesman said.
Taking the Pulse community forums, designed to identify local health priorities in the Wide Bay region, put the spotlight on the need for better integration of health and health education services, project manager Tanya Bell said.
The forums also identified the need for health action for children from birth to five years, Ms Bell said.
“It’s one of the greatest health investments we can make.”
Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Gayndah have hosted the forums which will contribute to Wide Bay Medicare Local’s new three-year plan.
The forum attracted about 40 people in Gayndah, drawn from health and education service providers, indigenous community members and local councillors, she said.
Service providers in Gayndah would value better linkages between services, while mental health featured in Bundaberg discussions, and linkages between economic development and health were raised in Hervey Bay, she said.
A report would be released in May after the analysis of the wide-ranging discussions and the data from their online survey, available at www.surveymonkey .com/s/TTPWideBay.
Health, education and referral pathways would be discussed with service providers from about mid-year, Ms Bell said.