Board Chair’s Award for Best Local Health Report 2017

Hunter New England Health has a strong network of almost 40 local Health Committees that work with their local Health Service manager. They provide leadership in their local community to ensure health services meet local needs and to promote and enhance the health of their community. Each year, the Health Committees publish a report that tells the story of their health service, their staff and volunteers, their engagement with their local community, and highlights events, activities and achievements. The reports are published on the HNE Health website. The Board Chair's Award for Best Local Health Report recognises achievement in this area.

Maitland Health Committee

Throughout the year, Maitland Health Committee members promoted health services, healthy lifestyles, important health messages, information about the current hospital, and planning for the new Maitland Hospital. The committee developed its own website and launched a regular newsletter, members gave numerous presentations to help start a community conversation about advance care planning, and incorporated patient stories into their regular meetings. The Maitland Health Committee launched its own website and newsletter.

Manilla Health Committee

The Manilla Health Committee held several Let’s Start Talking community forums to encourage a community conversation about death and dying and the importance of advance care plans. Other health promotions and education sessions were in conjunction with local service clubs and community organisations. The report highlighted activities such as residents’ participation in the Music and Memories Program; and the service’s participation in the in the ‘Living Well in an MPS’ project in partnership with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Manilla is one of 64 Multipurpose Services across NSW that provide hospital services for rural communities and are 'home' for hundreds of older people. The Living Well project identified best practice, established priorities and developed a suite of personalised principles of care for aged residents living in MPS.

Walcha Health Committee

The Walcha Health Committee was an integral part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for Walcha Multipurpose Service and continues to be an important part of the team. Their annual report continued the celebration with stories and photos from the birthday bash, including the first patient treated at the new facility Suzie Nivison, who is now an aged care resident. Incoming Chair Gerry Moran summed it up with his comment: “Our hospital is very dear to the town and let’s all work together to keep it moving forward and serving the health needs of our community into the future.” The annual report also included an article on retiring local GP and Visiting Medical Officer Dr Adrian Allen after 29 years of service.

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