Support ‘overwhelming’ for partnerships
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