Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board deputy chairwoman Barb Hovard.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board deputy chairwoman Barb Hovard. Megan Pope

Board needs health users

FRASER Coast patients and carers can still apply to be part of a network that will directly influence decision-making in the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board.

The consumer advisory network will have up to 15 people who are regular users of healthcare services on the Fraser Coast across illnesses such as diabetes, heart care, mental illness and aged care.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board deputy chairwoman Barb Hovard announced the initiative earlier this month.

Dubbed CAN, the network will hold regular meetings to discuss issues raised by other patients and their families.

"They will actively consult with the section of the community they identify with," Mrs Hovard said at the announcement.

Applications will be open for up to another fortnight and people from across the Fraser Coast have been encouraged to apply.

A similar group has already been set up in Bundaberg to consult with the board.

The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board was one of 17 across the state created in July and will be responsible for the delivery of all state-run health services.

Email wbhscdconsumer@health.qld.gov.au or phone organisers on 4325 6973 to apply for one of the spots on the network.



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