USQ’s Trudy Yuginovich, Tiana Gurney and Joanne Lambden discuss issues raised at a public health forum on Tuesday.
USQ’s Trudy Yuginovich, Tiana Gurney and Joanne Lambden discuss issues raised at a public health forum on Tuesday.

Public given floor at health forum

ACCESS to dialysis, public transport and discharge services were the key issues raised at a public health forum in Hervey Bay on Tuesday.

About 20 people attended the meeting, held by the University of Southern Queensland as part of a research project, to discuss their individual experiences in accessing local health services.

The crowd was split up to discuss the success of services, to determine what services are missing and to listen to the stories of others.

The findings will be used to make an online resource, which is expected to become available to those working in the health sector and members of the public.

Trudy Yuginovich, project manager and associate professor of nursing and midwifery at USQ, said each of the groups raised similar issues.

“It was interesting that they all had the same issues with communication between and linkage of services and transport costs.”

Talk centred on access to specialist services, including that patients must travel to Brisbane, Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast for treatment and the associated costs and inconvenience.

Another forum will be held at the Maryborough RSL from 1pm on Wednesday, November 25.



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