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Community survey: Let’s talk health

Let's Talk Health
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson and WBHHS Chief Executive Debbie Carroll.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has commenced development of a new Strategic Plan 2022-2026 and is inviting the community to provide guidance about how they would like to be engaged.

WBHHS is asking how the community feels about attending face-to-face public forums as part of the Let’s talk health consultation campaign which will occur during April and May.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said it was important to hear from a broad cross-section of perspectives while prioritising the wellbeing of participants.

“Let’s talk health is everyone’s opportunity to contribute as WBHHS creates a renewed vision for our community’s health care and a roadmap for how WBHHS will achieve that vision,” Ms Jamieson said.

“With COVID-19 active in our communities, it’s important to ensure people can give their Let’s talk health feedback in an appropriate environment and WBHHS is considering how to proceed safely with public forums.

“The local situation continues to evolve and views may have changed as a result – which is why WBHHS team is keen to hear our community’s opinions about the upcoming Let’s talk health consultation.”

A short four question survey is available online at www.health.qld.gov.au/widebay/html/letstalkhealth or people can request a copy by emailing WBHHS.Consumer@health.qld.gov.au or calling 4325 6861.

WBHHS Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said the short survey would help WBHHS determine the preferences of the community when it came to public forums or online consultation, as well as how the health service will seek feedback from across the region.

“The results may show different perspectives in different towns, which WBHHS will also take into consideration as it plans consultation across the Wide Bay,” Ms Carroll said.

“If public forums do go ahead then our WBHHS team will follow COVID-19 guidelines to reduce the risk to attendees and if the forums do not go ahead then information and surveys will be distributed online and via stakeholders throughout our communities.

“WBHHS has already sought feedback from its staff and health partners, so it’s fantastic to take the next step and reach out to the community for their say. Our plan is to do so while prioritising the community’s safety and wellbeing.”