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Let’s talk health offers platform to share feedback

Let's talk health
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Debbie Carroll.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is currently developing its Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 and is seeking local feedback and expertise to assist in meeting the evolving needs of the community.

Let’s talk health as part of its development of the new strategic plan for the region’s facilities and services.

The Let’s talk health community consultation campaign enables people to provide their feedback no matter their location or circumstances through a combination of public forums, surveys and online opportunities.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said it was important that community members shared their feedback about the future of health services in the region.

“The Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 needs to provide a vision for WBHHS that reflects the evolving needs of our community and offer guidance on what steps need to be taken ton achieve that vision,” Ms Jamieson said.

“It’s vital to hear from our community to ensure that the WBHHS’s vision represents what the community’s priorities are, which is why a range of options are being offered through Let’s talk health.

“Let’s talk health is everyone’s opportunity to take part by looking at the Draft Strategic Plan, completing an online or hard copy survey or taking part in a public forum – either in person or virtually.

“These Let’s talk health consultation options have been chosen based off the 140 plus responses we had to last month’s expression of interest while also ensuring we offered in person opportunities in each of the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett and Discovery Coast areas.”

Public forums will be held at the following locations:

• Agnes Water – Sandcastles 1770 function room, Monday 9 May, 11.30am-1pm
• Bundaberg – Bundaberg Regional Multiplex function room 1, Wednesday 11 May, 10am-
11.30am
• Hervey Bay – The Hervey Bay Boat Club Fraser room, Friday 13 May, 10am-11.30am
• Gin Gin – Gin Gin RSL Hall, Tuesday 17 May, 2pm-3.30pm
• Gayndah – Gayndah Arts Centre function room, Wednesday 18 May, 11am-12.30pm
• Childers – Isis Club Function Room, Wednesday 18 May, 2.30pm-4pm
• Virtual community forum – details to be published on Let’s talk health website
While these are confirmed public forums, further sessions can be facilitated if there is community demand.

WBHHS Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said it was important for community members to review the initial draft plan which had been developed through the input of staff, key partners and experts from clinical, infrastructure, technology, population demography and other fields.

“We’re seeking the knowledge and expertise of people across our community as we develop a strategic plan that will meet the evolving needs of our community,” Ms Carroll said.

“While our staff, partners and experts come up with great ideas, our patients, consumers and community members view healthcare through a different lens and their feedback is vital to having a plan that truly reflects their needs.

“Based off the contributions of our community we can identify anything that hasn’t yet been included in the plan and confirm our assumptions. That can include identifying gaps in care, where we can improve existing services and what infrastructure our region needs.

“By contributing to our Let’s talk health forums or the survey, our community will get to truly shape a strategic plan that will meet their evolving needs into the future.”

Details about how to take part in the virtual forum, the online survey, the draft strategic plan and more information can be found at www.health.qld.gov.au/widebay/letstalkhealth

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