128 lo­cals speak out for health

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

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