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Telehealth pilots

Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local has begun offering eligible clients telehealth consultations, allowing an improved service to people requiring treatment follow-up in the state’s remote areas.

Telehealth involves a patient at one location talking to and having visual contact with a medical profession at another location, often hundreds of kilometres away.

Video link technology across CNWQML clinics and offices is allowing for more frequent patient contact with a view to improve general health care, especially in allied health professions such as mental health and physical therapies.

Health Planning reaches milestones

CNWQML achieved its milestones in regional needs assessment, which is an important process for future health planning in the catchment.

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) is a systematic way of identifying population health needs, examining service capacity and prioritising actions required to improve population health in the CNWQML catchment. 

The process builds on the needs assessment and community health profiles prepared by CNWQML in 2012/13.

Hip Hop helps to spread health messages

Young people in our region have had their say through dance and music, when the Indigenous Hip Hop Project (IHHP) visited Mount Isa and Barcaldine in May 2014. The Barcaldine visit was a collaboration with the Central West Youth Network, health service providers and community organisations who came together with CNWQML to help young people explore their vision for a healthy community.

IHHP are a unique team of talented artists who delivered a week-long intensive project featuring dance, music, film, art and culture.

Children travelled from Longreach and Blackall to participate in the workshops.

A Youth Worker from Anglicare in Barcaldine sourced the project venue and delivered a workshop about cyber bullying. The Longreach Regional Council and the Blackall/Tambo Regional Council Youth Workers supported the project, along with Health Workers from the Central West Hospital and Health Services ATODS and CNWQML health promotion team, who also delivered activities.

Other contributors included St Joseph’s Primary School Willow Street Barcaldine, Australian Red Cross Central West and the local swimming pool owner. The Central West Aboriginal Corporation hosted IHHP for an afternoon of indigenous games and corroboree at the Red Shed.

The activities included indigenous games, plenty of healthy food and a yarning circle with the young people.

The aim was for local young people to work together to write the script and song and deliver their healthy message to the rest of the world by making a magical video.

There was a special community showcase screening of the clip at the end of the week where the whole community were invited to see the results of the students hard work.

The successful event has also been held in the Lower Gulf communities in previous years.

Gulf facilities open for business

Local residents have joined the celebrations to officially open two major health facilities in the Lower Gulf. The facilities, which are managed by the Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local, were opened at Normanton and Mornington Island in September, marking the completion of months of planning and construction.

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Mornington Island Councillor meeting                   Normanton Clinic
Members of the CNWQML Board and Senior Staff meet with Mornington Island Councillors.
New Clinic and facilities at Normanton

EHealth Update

eHealth iconCentral and North West Queensland Medicare Local staff have travelled extensively throughout our region to support health services and stakeholders in the move to eHealth. The key benefit of the Federal Government's eHealth program is in signing residents up for a Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCeHR) to enable an accessible, clear and timely summary of health information.

A recent review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) undertaken by the Australian Government, examined issues with the existing system including: complexity, expectations and governance, recommending changes to increase use and bring forward the delivery of benefits and savings.