Community Health Forum helps address accessing GPs

There was a great interest in last month’s Health Forum held on the coast

There was a great interest in last month’s Health Forum held on the coast

The Tin Can Bay Country Club was jam packed with over 180 people attending the Cooloola Coast Community Health Forum hosted by the Primary Health Network and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service keeping the plethora of service providers on display busy distributing information.

The forum was a workshop style event that clustered ‘think tanks’ of community members to brainstorm and record health services that they were aware of in the area and why they were important. There was also a section for lack of services that will hopefully highlight the burning issues in the community therefore solutions can be investigated.

Robb Major from PHN facilitated the event and outlined that the forum was a community data collection activity. Accessing GP services was top of the list and Robb explained that this is an issue in many remote and rural areas. PHN are working towards addressing this problem across the board as it was not isolated to this area.