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    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Calls extended for community leaders to help change the face of public health

    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    Calls extended for community leaders to help change the face of public health

    Health Minister, Geoff Wilson, today announced an extension of the deadline for applications to be part of a health care revolution due to tremendous community response.

    The deadline to apply for membership of Governing Councils for new Local Health and Hospital Network has been extended until 4 November.

    “Since we initially sought applications in July, we’ve had an overwhelming response from the community, with over 400 applications received to-date.

    “However, we also know that hundreds more Queenslanders have started an application and not yet completed it, and we want to make sure that everybody with an interest has the opportunity to put their hand up.

    “The establishment of these networks is part of a massive shake up of how health services are delivered in Queensland.

    “What this means is that health services will be managed in the community, for the community, with the community.

    “It’s another example of the Bligh Government doing things differently to meet Queenslander’s changing needs.

    “There will be local decision-making and local accountability with each autonomous network run by an expert governing council to ensure tax payer dollars are spent wisely and well.

    “We’re looking for people who want to play a role in this major reform process – people with a range of skills who live in their local community, or have a connection to the community and a strong understanding of local issues.

    “Each council will need a good mix of people including those with business, financial, legal and human resource expertise as well as those experienced in the delivery of clinical services.

    “I would encourage suitably skilled locals to put their hands up to be part of this major reform and play a role in delivering quality health services in their community.

    “I know there are hard working people all over the state who have the skills and dedication to make an important contribution by helping improve our health system at the local level.” Mr Wilson said.

    Mr Wilson called on Queenslanders who are interested in changing the face of public health, but haven’t been able to finalise their expression of interest, to do so in the next two weeks.


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