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Better health services to meet future need

29 August 2017

Mayor Paul McVeigh, pictured celebrating Seniors Week with Karingal Nursing Home residents Ron Henzell and Val Nimmo, says he feels positive about the opportunity to bring greater choice and attract better health care services to the Western Downs.

Mayor Paul McVeigh, pictured celebrating Seniors Week with Karingal Nursing Home residents Ron Henzell and Val Nimmo, says he feels positive about the opportunity to bring greater choice and attract better health care services to the Western Downs.

With the clear aim of delivering better health services in local communities, Western Downs Regional Council will call for expressions of interest for new and expanded services across residential aged care, allied health and community care.

  • Over the next 10 years, demand for aging in place will continue to grow in the Western Downs;
  • For the past year Council has been examining opportunities to grow the range of health services in the region to meet the needs of residents, now and into the future;
  • The review process included comprehensive market sounding that identified genuine interest, showing that the Western Downs is well positioned to attract quality health service providers;
  • Council will now call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from skilled and reputable providers with the capacity to offer additional services in the region;
  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) also has the potential to create additional opportunities for integrated health services in the Western Downs; and
  • As part of broader aged care reforms, now is the time to move toward a sustainable, consumer-directed health care model that delivers more choice for residents.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said that while it was early in the process he was excited about what he believes is the real potential to deliver better regional health services that will allow the community to age in place.

“We want to see more aged care beds in the Western Downs, better integration of health services, and new allied health services to deliver whole-of-life care,” he said.

“The need is undeniable, and to support our aging population Council is committed to not only maintaining existing health services and residential aged care beds, but to see them grow.

“This is just the start of a very thorough process. But I’m already positive that we can attract quality providers capable of bringing new and innovative health services to our region.”

Council spokesperson for Economic Development and Health Services Councillor Donna Ashurst said that during the EOI process it is business as usual for health services clients, residents and staff.

“This initial evaluation stage is expected to be completed by the end of the year and Council’s next decision is subject to the quality of interest received,” she said.

“So in the meantime, it is business as usual with no change to the delivery of health services or our commitment to client care.

“Our dedicated staff will continue to do what they do best, and clients can rest assured knowing Council is working hard to achieve greater choice and improved delivery of health services in the future.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392