More than 80 community representatives from across the western region will meet in Dubbo tomorrow (Saturday 14 June) to discuss health.
Western NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said the District’s inaugural Health Council Forum is an opportunity to hear feedback from the community on their local health issues.
“I am pleased to announce the theme of the forum is “Engaging our Communities” and includes presentations from Health Councils on projects they have been involved in,” said Mr McLachlan.
“We are very fortunate to have a network of devoted Health Councils across the District which are the linkage in towns about issues affecting the health of our region.
“The forum will also provide an opportunity for the Health Councillors to build on their networks and learn from each other’s experiences”.
Mr McLachlan said the Forum will include workshops with the Health Councillors to determine how the Health District can more effectively engage with local communities.
“Our District is very large and geographically dispersed incorporating towns in the range from Cobar and Lightning Ridge to Mudgee and Oberon, across to Parkes and Cowra and down to Condoblin,” he said.
“To have so many community representatives together at the one time is a wonderful opportunity and I really appreciate the time many have taken to travel long distances to attend.
“There is so much great work being undertaken by our Health Councils and the forum will be a unique opportunity to share ideas and achievements,” said Mr McLachlan.
Examples include the Baradine Health Council who will talk about a recent mental health awareness day held for farmers who have been affected by drought, and Blayney Health Council about a Healthy Community Survey they have conducted.
“While we have more than 80 Health Councillors in the one room I will also be taking the opportunity to update them on the progress of the implementation our strategic health services plan,” Mr McLachlan said.