by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Presiding Member of Millicent Health Advisory Committee, Mr Glenn Brown stressed the importance of community support for the Health Survey currently being distributed throughout local businesses, on 5THE FM’s morning program last week. Newly elected to the role, Mr Brown is no stranger to health services having been Chief of Staff at the Millicent Hospital, worked with South East Regional Health Services, a Board Member of AC-Care and the Milicent Health Advisory Committee. Mr Brown is also a Wattle Range Councilor.
Mr Brown emphasised the importance of the community completing the survey and returning it to the Committee. There are over 12,000 people living in the Wattle Range council area s per the last census and the committee needs a substantial number of surveys to represent the community, to have any chance of representing the true health needs of the community overall.
The survey will give the Health Advisory Committee a snap shot of services used in Millicent and those that had to be accessed further afield. Mr Brown said this will then give the committee statistics to take to the Minister for Health Mr Jack Snelling in the hope of retaining what is available now and improving or achieving a better overall health system for the region. Mr Brown said he hopes the Committee will be more effective than it has been and is keen to seek an appointment with the Medical Clinic Millicent to work with them to achieve the best possible results in the medical service provided to this community. This, he hopes will help in recruitment and retaining doctors, as recruiting doctors with the necessary skills needed in the community is hard to do when the services are not in place for them to practice their skills. He used the example of the recent recruitment of an anaethetist who was unable to get theatre lists at the Milicent Hospital. He is hopeful that the Committee may be able to advise the Minister on matters such as this.
Mr Brown spoke to the Premier Jay Weatherill during the recent Country Cabinet visit to Millicent and said he took the opportunity to discuss alternative models of health, being used in other states, that could be considered for Millicent. Mr Brown said the Premier told him he would seek to discuss these with Country Health SA, a matter which he also confirmed on the live Outside Broadcast by 5THE FM at the Civic and Arts Centre on Tuesday 24th November where he attended the Cabinet lunch.
Mr Brown said it was extremely important for people to take the time to fill out the health survey. The deadline has been extended to allow community members to complete the survey and return it to the address on it. Mr Brown said he was unable to speak with the Minister for Health Jack Snelling during the Cabinet visit as the Minister had to return to Adelaide for medical attention for a pre-existing condition, but he hopes to speak with him in the future.
The Health Survey is available from local businesses and 5THE FM 31 Railway Tce Millicent.