If you are interested in making a difference for your community then consider joining the Peak Hill Health Council.
Outgoing Chair of the Peak Hill Health Council, Pauline Allen reflected on the achievements of the Health Council over the past 18 months at their Annual General Meeting last month.
“Our Health Council focus over this time was on three main areas: the development of the Aboriginal Garden, support for the aged residents and making use of the heritage building (the old hospital)” said Pauline.
A display was held at the Show last year, manned by Health Council members and staff to promote volunteering with the Health Service.
One of the youngest members of the Health Council Charlica Schnitger, presented at the 2017 Western NSW Local Health District gathering of Health Councils at Dubbo last year. This was a highlight for the Health Council as well as a great promotion of youth participation in health.
Pauline made special mention of Pam Bell who led the Health Council for seven years from its beginnings in 2008. During that time Pam lobbied with the Health Council for the now Multipurpose Service (MPS), championing the needs for Peak Hill community and being a community voice on all health matters. In 2015 Pam stood down from the role as Chair but has maintained her strong involvement on the Health Council as representative at the Patient Safety and Quality Care meetings and at Health Service Accreditation interviews.
The newest Health Council recruit Elizabeth Dwyer has started a Dementia Support Group for our community.
“While only new and small in numbers, several meetings have been held and the numbers are expected to grow as the word spreads. This is a very relevant project for our community” said Pauline
The Health Council has an active year planned for 2018 and people from all backgrounds and ages are encouraged to apply to join the Health Council to help make a difference for their community.
For more information please contact Health Service Manager Trish Bullen at Peak Hill MPS Health Service on 6861 7100.