Health reform review to include staff, public consultation

A REVIEW of the Wide Bay public health system has been launched in a bid to reform front-line services.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board chairman Dominic Devine said the review would include talks with hospital staff and the public from next month.

"We know how to get the finances right and we know how to deliver health services; the next step is making sure those health services develop in a way that matches the expectations of our staff and Wide Bay residents where appropriate," he said.

"The consultation process we are planning will be more comprehensive than any undertaken to date by a health service region in Queensland."

The announcement came after the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service annual report was tabled in state parliament last Friday, which revealed WBHHS had returned to a balanced financial position.

Mr Devine said WBHHS wanted to build on its positive financial position and put service structures in place for the region's health future.

"The population in the WBHHS area is now 208,558 and will grow by almost 100,000 in the next 20 years so we have to plan for the future," he said.

"A lot of early work has been done this year developing a draft strategic plan and we will soon to go into a consultation phase with staff and the community to allow everybody to have a say."

Health consultation

  • Wide Bay health system under review
  • Strategic plan being formed
  • Staff and public to be consulted
  • More details in future issues of the Chronicle