Seek­ing bet­ter health path­ways

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way

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.

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