Health ser­vice here to stay

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

THE Dis­cov­ery Coast Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vice has re-opened its doors, de­spite com­mu­nity con­cerns the ser­vice would shut down.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett, who worked with the lo­cal coun­cil and in­ter­est groups to en­sure the com­mu­nity would not lose the pri­mary health ser­vice, re­as­sured res­i­dents they could ex­pect to re­ceive the same ser­vices, if not bet­ter.

“The health ser­vices will con­tinue to be fed­er­ally funded through the Cen­tral Queens­land, Wide Bay, Sun­shine Coast PHN, and will con­tinue to trade un­der the Dis­cov­ery Coast Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vice name,” he said.

“You will see the same fa­mil­iar faces, but they will be wear­ing dif­fer­ent uni­forms and pro­vid­ing the same ser­vices res­i­dents have be­come ac­cus­tomed to.

“I have been as­sured the new provider will ul­ti­mately pro­vide en­hanced ser­vices to the peo­ple of the Dis­cov­ery Coast.”

Mr Ben­nett said the com­mu­nity bus that was pre­vi­ously op­er­at­ing from the ser­vice would con­tinue to be avail­able to com­mu­nity groups in the in­terim.

He thanked all par­ties, in­clud­ing the coun­cil, for en­sur­ing the ser­vice was main­tained on the Dis­cov­ery Coast.

“I thank the Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil for the smooth tran­si­tion and en­sur­ing the on­go­ing health ser­vice for the com­mu­nity.

“I was happy to work on the com­mu­nity’s be­half to en­sure this vi­tal ser­vice con­tin­ues.

“This health ser­vice is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for an iso­lated, grow­ing com­mu­nity such as the Dis­cov­ery Coast.”

PHN area man­ager for Wide Bay Tracey Warhurst said she was de­lighted to be able to fa­cil­i­tate con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vices to the Dis­cov­ery Coast Com­mu­nity.

“We are com­mit­ted to the pro­vi­sion of pri­mary health ser­vices in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas as it is proven to be one of the most ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive ways to im­prove health out­comes for in­di­vid­u­als and the broader com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We wel­come Im­pact Com­mu­nity Ser­vices as the new ser­vice provider and look for­ward to work­ing closely with them to high qual­ity ser­vices that are re­spon­sive to the needs of the com­mu­nity.”

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett The health ser­vices will con­tinue to be fed­er­ally funded through the Cen­tral Queens­land, Wide Bay, Sun­shine Coast PHN, and will con­tinue to trade un­der the Dis­cov­ery Coast Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vice name.

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