Handful turn out to talk health

ONLY a handful of people showed up at yesterday’s public health forum at the Maryborough RSL.

Despite the small turn-out, Fraser Coast residents will get the chance to have their say in a survey starting next week.

Trudy Yuginovich, project manager and associate professor of nursing and midwifery at USQ, said the research project being held by the University of Southern Queensland would reach more than 15,000 residents.

“We will be delivering 15,000 surveys to 65 local areas,” she said.

Last week Hervey Bay’s forum attracted about 20 residents. Ms Yuginovich said the events were aimed at finding out what services people were using on the Fraser Coast and any issues they may have had in accessing the services.

She said the group at the last meeting was split up to discuss the success of services.

Ms Yuginovich said talk had been centred on access to specialist services, including that patients must travel to Brisbane, Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast.

“We’re looking for real-life stories,” she said. “And so far it’s been very interesting.”

The forums are also under the umbrella of the Wide Bay Fraser Coast Partnership Council.



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