YP Health Advisory Council is one of many such organisations across the state. Their role is to identify the needs of their Communities and convey those needs to Country Health SA. YP HAC meets every month, rotating between Maitland, Minlaton and Yorketown, giving each of those Communities the opportunity to present their needs to HAC who can then take on board the task of communication with appropriate people in the Health System.
THE DOOR IS OPEN
Community members and organisations are urged to attend Community Forum meetings held regularly, or approach HAC Members to bring forward their “needs”. Currently there are 4 vacancies on the elected HAC. Think about it. The Door is open.
The April meeting was held in Maitland and was preceded by a tour of the Maitland Hospital including the Chappell Wing. Reports were received from the 3 facilities under YP HAC. Significant upgrades have been completed while some are in the process of being done at each facility. These include replacement of old flooring, painting of rooms, restoration of shower and toilet facilities and several other upgrades. The major upgrade will be the extension of the Dialysis Unit at Maitland Hospital to cater for more Clients per week. It was reported that the provision of permanent Doctors at all 3 facilities has been secured. Yorketown Surgery is to be under the management of “Medicare Local”.
How true it is that, ”Until someone needs or wants something, they don’t care and don’t know about it.” This certainly applies to Medical Services of all kinds. When suddenly out of the blue we urgently “need” a particular Service and it is not available locally, we are critical.
Before your need for local services arises, become involved in some way and try to have some influence in obtaining “needed services” locally. The door is open. To find out what services are available, Google “sacommunity.org”. This web site is a good resource for all types of local services.
While regional Health Services have undergone some recent improvements, many of us still have to travel long distances for sometimes minor appointments. Nothing will change for the better if we as individuals do not get involved and make ourselves heard. The “door is open”.