Sup­port ‘over­whelm­ing’ for part­ner­ships

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

A proposal to strengthen the part­ner­ship be­tween Co­bram, Nathalia and Nu­murkah health ser­vices is pro­gress­ing.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sul­ta­tion with staff and the com­mu­nity took place from Novem­ber to the end of March, gain­ing in­put for the col­lab­o­ra­tion proposal.

Co­bram District Health Ser­vice in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Jacque Phillips said feed­back had been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

‘‘Along­side the con­sul­ta­tion, we un­der­took a due dili­gence anal­y­sis of fi­nan­cial, clin­i­cal, HR and gov­er­nance mat­ters, which is on­go­ing and holds us in good stead for plan­ning and de­liv­er­ing on­go­ing ser­vice im­prove­ments into 2019,’’ she said.

‘‘The col­lab­o­ra­tion of ser­vices and strength­en­ing of part­ner­ships across the three or­gan­i­sa­tions is now com­menc­ing and this will take place pro­gres­sively over the next 12 months.

‘‘A num­ber of part­ner­ships now en­able im­proved health care, such as new men­tal health ser­vices, the ur­gent care cen­tre ‘Choose Well Feel Bet­ter’ pro­ject and res­pi­ra­tory ser­vices.

‘‘We will con­tinue to look at ways to com­bine our re­sources and ex­per­tise across the three ser­vices to bet­ter meet the needs of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Our staff are val­ued. There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for staff as a re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion.’’

Co­bram District Health Board chair Dale Brooks said the com­mu­nity’s feed­back had been ben­e­fi­cial.

‘‘We were pleased with the level of en­gage­ment from the com­mu­nity and staff on the proposal over the last five months,’’ he said.

‘‘The three sep­a­rate boards of man­age­ment will con­tinue to gov­ern each health ser­vice, in­clud­ing ex­plor­ing ways to fur­ther the part­ner­ship in the fu­ture to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices for each lo­ca­tion.

‘‘Op­tions for ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween health ser­vices across chief ex­ec­u­tive and cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tive struc­tures will be con­sid­ered over the com­ing months.’’

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sul­ta­tion in­cluded:

● 24 meet­ings with staff, vol­un­teers/com­mu­nity ad­vi­sory rep­re­sen­ta­tives, aux­il­iaries, com­mu­nity groups, the shire and lo­cal MPs;

● 1258 views and 408 vis­i­tors to the www.nc­n­health ser­vices.org.au website;

● 12 writ­ten sub­mis­sions/ forms, in­clud­ing a let­ter of sup­port from the shire;

● eight com­mu­nity tents held in Nathalia, Co­bram and Nu­murkah — with 125 peo­ple pro­vid­ing their views, ask­ing ques­tions and tak­ing in­for­ma­tion;

● Face­book pro­mo­tion, ad­ver­tis­ing and con­sul­ta­tion; and

● pro­mo­tion through 15 000 post­cards sent to house­holds, fly­ers, let­ters to stake­hold­ers and com­mu­nity groups and news­let­ter ar­ti­cles; plus tele­vi­sion, ra­dio and news­pa­per cov­er­age.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.nc­n­health­ser­vices.org.au

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