HEALTH GOALS: WBHHS CRG chairs, including councillors John Zahl and John Bowen, Marg Kelly (Mundubbera), Les Hotz (Monto) and John O'Brien (Biggenden).
HEALTH GOALS: WBHHS CRG chairs, including councillors John Zahl and John Bowen, Marg Kelly (Mundubbera), Les Hotz (Monto) and John O'Brien (Biggenden). Contributed

Chairs to act as conduit between hospital and patient

EVERY second month, Councillor John Zahl sits down with representatives from Gayndah Hospital, allied health professionals, aged care providers, and anyone else interested in the provision of rural health services.

They are a Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) Community Reference Group (CRG) - each North Burnett town has one.

"(They are) an opportunity for the public to put forward their views and desires health-wise, like whether there is a service not being provided, dialysis as an example, that they would like,” Cr Zahl said.

And every six months, the chairs of the CRGs, like Cr Zahl, travel to Bundaberg to sit down with WBHHS representatives to receive updates on the major hospitals in the region, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough, which he shares with his CRG at the next meeting.

WBHHS board chair Peta Jamieson said CRGs played a "vital role” in shaping local health policy across the service area.

"Our CRG chairs lead their respective groups as they help evaluate our services and plan for the future,” Ms Jamieson said.

"Engagement with the broader community is an important part of the CRGs as they serve as a link to the health service, which is why our chairs have such strong community links and networks.

"Our chairs and their fellow CRG members provide that community network which offers real and unfiltered feedback about where we are succeeding and where we can improve.

"The CRG members and their networks also enable us to promote important messages back into the community - whether it is a new service being developed or about infrastructure projects being

delivered.”

North Burnett CRG chairs are: Cr John Bowen (Mount Perry), Cr John Zahl (Gayndah), Dot Hamilton (Eidsvold), John O'Brien (Biggenden), Les Hotz (Monto) and Marg Kelly (Mundubbera).


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