Country Health Service visit Esperance for updates on key local initiatives

Esperance got its first visit from the State’s board of regional health.

The WA Country Health Service board made its second visit to the Goldfields region and first to Esperance on February 22 and 23, 2018..

The board toured the Esperance Hospital which has received a $31.3 million upgraded in recent years, according to the Health Service.

Country Health Service Goldfields director, Geraldine Ennis said the board was updated on the progress of health policies in Esperance.

“The Board members received updates on key public health initiatives, held discussions with community leaders and key stakeholders, and met a number of staff from the region,” Ms Ennis said.

Board chairperson, Professor Neale Fong said the board’s policy was to visit a location in regional WA on every second board meeting.

“Its really important that the Country Health Service gets out among the people that it’s serving,” he said.

He said the board was focused on delivering sustainable and high quality services and improving the future of regional health.

“Having the opportunity to engage and consult with local service providers and community members helps ensure that decision making at the Board level is well informed by service need on the ground.

“Providing a wide range of health services in country WA can be challenging and WACHS needs to be constantly looking at ways to improve or do things differently.” 

Dr Fong said he and the other board members found there were very good relationships between the different health providers in Esperance.