Ellen Heathwood and Walter Anderson are among a group of people representing the new West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local board, delivering health services in the region.
Ellen Heathwood and Walter Anderson are among a group of people representing the new West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local board, delivering health services in the region. Claudia Baxter

New board guides city's health

WEST Moreton health services are now under the guidance of a new advisory board ready to deliver health services the community is calling for.

The West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local advisory group replaces the Division of General Practice, which was disbanded late last year.

The new advisory board, comprising community members with a background in the health profession, met for the first time last week.

The group consists of seven proactive members of the community, hand-picked to represent the opinions of diverse social, geographic, cultural and high-needs communities.

West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local community engagement co-ordinator Ellen Heathwood said the group's first meeting marked the start of ongoing community engagement within the region.

"By giving people the opportunity to have their say and shape their own healthcare strategies, we can gain insights into the issues that are really affecting people," Ms Heathwood said.

"If the community wants to stay informed about the group's future projects, they can follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates on when and where members of the community advisory group will be out and about, ready to take their feedback."

The West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local was established under national health reforms to listen and respond to the healthcare needs of its region.

Goodna resident Walter Anderson is one of the advisory group members and he believes the mix covers the community's broad spectrum.

"Our health status is amongst the worst in Australia.

"We need to be getting out there to promote the services and be involved in what I think relates to my people and what kind of issues we can be across," he said.

"They have a good grasp on what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders need.

"It's a really good group and has good representation of what people need.

"Hopefully we get some good outcomes."

The advisory group will begin its mission by conducting a widespread health and wellbeing survey, before introducing forums and "listening posts" to hear the public's opinions on healthcare.



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