Letter to the editor: Did you know that Gloucester has a Local Health Committee?
This committee is made up of professional people involved in health services in our area. They are people from Gloucester Hospital, ambulance service, Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group, the health service manager at Gloucester and the general manager of the Lower Mid North Coast sector, as well as an Aboriginal representative and community volunteers.
The community volunteers currently are Christine Bolton, Colleen McKay and Marion Rounsley.
The committee meets every two months in the Booken Booken Conference Centre of the Gloucester Soldiers Memorial Hospital.
The committee aims to foster two-way communication between Gloucester Health Services and the community, as well as play an important part in improving health outcomes in our community.
At our meetings, we are given updates and presentations from a wide range of people on health related topics.
Just a few examples of these are:
The refurbishment of Gloucester Hospital
The new Anglican Care Nursing Home
Home Care packages for the elderly
Alcohol and Drug issues
Health issues for young people
And the list goes on.
As a committee, we are also asked to review and discuss the effectiveness and suitability of printed pamphlets, which may be issued to the community.
Committee members are encouraged to ask questions, raise community concerns and debate all aspects of the delivery of health care in our Gloucester area.
As a child growing up in Gloucester, health care was in the hands of your GP. We were not encouraged to take on active roles in our own health, nor were we to question decisions made and our health outcomes were the poorer for this mindset.
Today, we are an integral part of our own health and the health of our community. It's a partnership.