128 locals speak out for health
COMMUNITY consultation in Mareeba is giving residents a voice on health services in the region.
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) started surveying pedestrians around Mareeba on Saturday November 4 with the aim to seek the community’s feedback on how to improve chronic disease and after-hours services.
NQPHN chief executive Robin Moore said she was pleased that the Mareeba community had been very active with contributing to health consultations this week.
“As of Wednesday, 128 local residents have spoken with us about their community health needs,” he said.
“Mareeba residents have identified priorities to make sure the Australian Government’s $2 million in funding improves local after-hours services and local care for people with chronic conditions.
“Many residents want more affordable, and more accessible general practice services. This is the main priority for people who have participated in the consultations.”
He said while Mareeba Hospital was also a priority for the community, residents understand consultations were in relation to primary health services and not hospital services, and that the “Queensland Government funds public hospitals, not the Australian Government.”
Today and tomorrow will be the last two days for community consultation.
Today a stand will be located outside Mareeba news from 8am to 12.30pm.
On Saturday the last session will be held at the Mareeba Markets at Centenary Park from 7.30am to 12.30pm.
After the consultations information will be used by healthcare providers to develop models of care around chronic diseases and afterhours services.