Pe­ti­tion con­firms nurse for Kilki­van

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

MEM­BER for Nanango Deb Freck­ling­ton says the com­mu­nity is to be com­mended for its push to bring a com­mu­nity health nurse back to Kilki­van.

Mrs Freck­ling­ton said a Nurse Nav­i­ga­tor po­si­tion for Kilki­van had been con­firmed in the Health Min­is­ter’s re­sponse to the pe­ti­tion tabled in Par­lia­ment last month.

“It is a shame that it took a mas­sive push by the com­mu­nity, 354 sig­na­tures in fact, to con­vince the Health Min­is­ter that this needed to hap­pen,” Mrs Freck­ling­ton said.

“The con­fir­ma­tion they will trial a Nurse Nav­i­ga­tor to visit Kilki­van twice fort­nightly is a win for the com­mu­nity, espe“It cially as the Min­is­ter for Health re­jected my ini­tial re­quest ear­lier in the year,” she said.

is ob­vi­ous he didn’t take our first re­quest se­ri­ously, but the re­cent Health Fo­rum held in Kilki­van was ev­i­dence that peo­ple in re­gional towns like Kilki­van need, and de­serve, bet­ter health ser­vices.

“The fo­rum was a di­rect re­sult of our calls for a Com­mu­nity Health Nurse and I would like to thank the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s PHN (Cen­tral Qld, Wide Bay, Sun­shine Coast) and the Sun­shine Coast Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice for lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­ni­ties’ con­cerns and tak­ing steps to im­prove health ser­vices for the two towns.

“The three-month trial of a Nurse Nav­i­ga­tor for Kilki­van is wel­come, and I en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to make use of the ser­vice to demon­strate the need.”

Photo: War­ren Ly­nam

NURSE PUSH: Deb Freck­ling­ton.

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