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

The committee was formed early last year 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 with the Central West Hospital and Health Service to
represent the general community’s views on health-related matters and services.

Chairman John Palmer said the committee’s first year had been busy and productive.

“Thanks to the support of a number of organisations, our most important achievement
during our first year was the development of a comprehensive information brochure
entitled: What happens if I need to be flown out,’’ he said

“Many Central West residents need to be flown out of the region for more complex care
or more specialised investigations than are available locally.

“The brochure explains exactly how the entire process works and answers any
questions they might have about what they need to do and who they can contact for
further information.

“It is now going to be rolled out to all Central West Health facilities.’’
Mr Palmer said the committee would be looking at developing further initiatives over the
next year.

“We also want to encourage more Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford and Yaraka residents
to use the committee as conduit to have their views raised with the Central West Health
board and executive,’’ he said.

“I urge local residents who are interested in their health services to attend the annual
general meeting and get involved.’’

• The annual general meeting of the Longreach Community Health Advisory
Committee will be held on Tuesday, 19 April, at 4 pm in the Longreach
Hospital Board Room.
• Committee chairman John Palmer can be contacted on 0407 654 343.

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