National Rural Health Commissioner tours Wentworth Shire

Wentworth Shire
Wentworth Shire Council General Manager Ken Ross, Far West Local Health District General Manager District and Remote Health Services Denise McCallum, National Rural Health Commissioner Ruth Stewart, Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone, Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner Faye McMillan, Collaborative Care Program lead Kate Carlisle, Collaborative Care Program Project Manager Kevin O’Neill and Rural Doctors Network Regional Manager – Western NSW Mark Muchiri in Wentworth earlier this week.

The National Rural Health Commissioner Ruth Stewart and her Deputy – Allied Health and Indigenous Health Faye McMillan toured the Wentworth Shire earlier this week, touring key health services.

Prof. Stewart’s visit included a tour of the Wentworth Health Service, Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation and the Buronga OneHealth development and included an update on the Collaborative Care Program.

The Collaborative Care Program is a community-led approach to primary health care of which the Wentworth Shire is a partner along with the Far West Local Health District, Western NSW Primary Health Network, NSW Rural Doctors Network and other local stakeholders.

The aim of the program is to improve community access to primary health care services and to ensure these services are sustainable.

Primary health care encompasses general practice, nursing, and allied health.

The Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner provides policy advice to the Federal Minister responsible for Rural Health

“To have Prof. Stewart back in the Wentworth Shire provides a great benefit in helping the Collaborative Care Program stakeholders and local health services in general have their voices heard by the Federal Government,” Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone said.

“It is always great to have someone of that standing back in our region and working with us for the benefit of health services in Wentworth Shire.”

Highlights of the National Rural Health Commissioner Professor Ruth Stewart’s tour of health services in the Wentworth Shire.

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