New health organisation opens Gympie office today

TODAY marks the first day of operation for the organisation co-ordinating primary health services for Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

PHN Country to Coast will be opening an office in Gympie this morning, ready to take on the task of addressing chronic disease, mental health, Indigenous health, improving access to health care and supporting GPs and other health professionals to deliver health services that meet the needs of the community.

CEO Pattie Hudson said:

"With the assistance of CEOs from Central Queensland Medicare Local and Wide Bay Medicare Local, Jean McRuvie and Shane Dawson, and of course all the committed Medicare Local staff, PHN Country to Coast is open for business.

"We are pleased that we have been able to retain local staff across the entire region... to ensure that we can respond immediately to local concerns about health issues in all corners of the region.

"Our first task will involve listening closely to the people of Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast, to ascertain what they need from the PHN.

We will work closely with community and clinical advisory groups, GPs and other health professionals, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, and of course our partners in local council, the hospital service and other sectors, to ensure that we identify the priority areas of health need."

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