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Plan now to have your say about your future health care

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is proud to partner with and provide support to the volunteer Quirindi Local Health Committee in their endeavours to improve community engagement, as well as the development and establishment of effective two-way communication strategies and channels with the local community.

According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, there have been many reports highlighting the fact that people living in rural areas have higher mortality rates for some diseases and higher rates of hospitalisation. He said these reports indicate certain barriers to rural Australians accessing services and emphasise the importance of local health committees in improving community engagement.

“LPSC has welcomed the opportunity to partner with the local committee on a project that looks at the difficulties that people may face when their wishes are not known in terms of their care needs and in particular in times of sudden illness or an accident,” Councillor Hope said.

“The committee have put together a package with a free booklet and DVD to guide and help people make decisions regarding their future health care wishes should an unexpected event occur and as a result they are unable to communicate those wishes at the time. By making your wishes known, your family, carers, and healthcare providers won't be left wondering what you might have wanted or did not want.

“The Quirindi Local Health Committee and I urge people to take the time to review these matters with family and or friends and when you know what you want your medical practitioner will be more than happy to discuss the issue and keep a copy of your wishes in a document recognised by Common Law,” he said.

“The free package is available from your local doctor or by contacting Quirindi Health Service on 6746 0200. It has been made available by project work of your Quirindi Local Health Committee members and assistance from Hunter New England Health and Central Coast Primary Dementia Care Network Working Party. LPSC has provided $1,000 towards the cost of materials,” he continued.

“Quirindi Local Health Committee is always on the lookout for new members to assist with their great work so people who may be interested should contact the committee chair, Virginia Black J.P., on 0402 737 002. I congratulate them on this current project and the vital role they play within our community,” Councillor Hope concluded.

Media contact – Andrew Hope 0427 687 345.