Community Urged To Contribute To Rural Health Plan

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Friday, February 10, 2017
The Portland community is being urged to contribute to a new Victorian rural health plan to make sure the voice of country people is heard.

South-west Victorian residents can directly have their say by attending a public consultation forum in Warrnambool on Tuesday, February 28.

Portland District Health CEO Chris Giles said it was important that the community and health consumers contribute to the new plan.

The Melbourne-based consultants undertaking the review need to understand what a rural person faces when it comes to health,” Ms Giles said. There are issues such as distance, transport and being able to access the right services that are specific to people in regional areas.

Consultations have started with health care providers but Ms Giles said all residents concerned about health in rural areas should make their voice heard.

The Department of Health and Human Services is developing a State-wide Design, Service and Infrastructure Plan to guide Victoria's healthcare system over the next 20 years, with an initial five-year action plan.

It will articulate how rural and regional health services should be designed, configured, and capacity and clinical capability developed, and the health challenges and opportunities experienced by rural communities.

A consultation discussion paper and consultation report can be viewed at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-services/rural-health/rural-system_design

Warrnambool Tuesday 28 Feb 2017 (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)

RSVP Warrnambool Friday 24 Feb 2017

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-rural-plan-consultation-forum-round-2-warrnambool-tickets-31403876841

People can also contact Portland District Health for more information. Ms Giles said PDH was willing to provide a pool car and volunteer driver if a group of people wishes to travel to Warrnambool.


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