Darling Downs Health chief executive Dr Peter Gillies, Health Consumers Queensland CEO Melissa Fox and Stacey Edwards (Darling Downs Health) at this week’s Regional Consumer Consultative Committee annual workshop (Photo: DDHHS)

April 30, 2021

Darling Downs Health is calling on South Burnett residents to have their say to help shape the future of healthcare services in the region.

At this week’s Regional Consumer Consultative Committee annual workshop, Darling Downs Health chief executive Dr Peter Gillies said involving consumers was a key component of quality healthcare.

“The people in our communities are at the heart of everything we do and that’s why we’re always looking for new opportunities to partner with our consumers in their care,” he said.

“We want to constantly improve the services we provide and make sure that those services are aligned with what our communities want.

“We live in a community with a lot of diversity, so we’d love to see more representation by consumers with different backgrounds and experiences of health.”

The workshop also featured Health Consumers Queensland CEO Melissa Fox.

“I was delighted to be invited to facilitate today’s workshop,” Ms Fox said

“I applaud Darling Downs Health and the consumers who partner with them, for coming together with the aim of working together to improve the health outcomes and experience of care for people in your region.”

Dr Gillies said there were plenty of opportunities to become involved.

“Across the region, Darling Downs Health has more than 50 committees and advisory groups looking for consumer input,” he said.

“Consumer contributions can come in many forms, including things like providing feedback on fact sheets, brochures or other materials; helping us evaluate a model of care; providing advice on changing or designing new facilities; helping to plan community events, just to name a few.

“Of course there are many more ways to play a part in shaping our healthcare services so I’d encourage anyone who’s interested to visit www.health.qld.gov.au/darlingdowns and click on the ‘Get Involved’ link on the homepage.”


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