The Longreach Community Health Advisory Committee will hold its second annual
general meeting on Wednesday, 19 April.

Chairman John Palmer said the annual general meeting would be preceded by the
largest ever health providers expo and forum held in Longreach.

“The Longreach Health Expo and Forum will be a one-stop shop for people to get all the
information they want on what health services are available locally, both public and
private,’’ he said.

“Among the health providers represented at the forum will be the Central West Hospital
and Health Service, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Western Queensland Primary Health
Network, Disability Services Queensland, North West Remote Health, Queensland
police and ambulance, Blue Care, Meals on Wheels, RSL Care and others.

“There will also be talks on various health-related matters by representatives from
Central West Health, RSL Care, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the
RFDS.’’

Among the speakers at the expo and forum will be Richard Nelson, the Queensland
State Manager of National Disability Services Ltd.

National Disability Services is Australia’s peak body for non-government disability
service organisations, representing more than 1100 non-government service providers.

Collectively, NDS members operate several thousand services for Australians with all
types of disability.

“Members of the public are welcome to attend both the expo and forum and the
committee’s annual general meeting,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“We will be hosting the forum at the Longreach Regional Council Civic Centre from 3 pm
to 7 pm on 19 April, followed immediately after by our AGM.’’

Mr Palmer said the committee’s second year of operations had been busy and
productive.

“We’ve focussed extensively this year on building our membership and support base so
we can ensure we can continue to represent the community’s views on health-related
matters,’’ he said.

“The broader and more diverse our membership and support base, the more
representative we will be of our communities.

“As such, I encourage anyone with an interest in their health services to become
involved with our committee.

“We have also worked in association with a number of stakeholders this past year to put
together an emergency number identification card for local residents.

“This will take the form of a fridge magnetic that will be letter-dropped to all residents in
the Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford and Yaraka areas.

“The card will display a number of important emergency numbers that people can refer
to immediately and easily.

“The last thing you want to do when in the middle of a crisis or emergency, or just when
you need some quick advice about a sickly child at a strange hour of the day, is to be
scratching around to find an appropriate number.

“That’s when you can refer to the card.’’

Mr Palmer said the committee would be looking at developing further initiatives over the
next year of operations.

The Longreach Community Health Advisory Committee was formed in early 2015 with
the aim of helping Longreach residents become better informed about health issues and
take more control over their own health.

The committee liaises closely and meets regularly with the Central West Hospital and
Health Service to represent the general community’s views on health-related matters
and services.

• The Longreach Health Expo and Forum will be held at the Longreach
Regional Council Civic Centre from 3 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, 19 April.

• The annual general meeting of the Longreach Community Health Advisory
Committee will follow on from the health expo and forum at 7 pm.

• Committee chairman John Palmer can be contacted on 0407 654 343.

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