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The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

What do you need from your local health services? An online survey to find out what the needs for local and regional health services are on the north coast opens today. The North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) want to find out about your experiences and views about barriers and challenges in accessing and using local health services.

NCPHN’s Acting Chief Executive Sharyn White said the information gained from the community survey was unique and important and focuses on gaps in current knowledge about health services, their use and challenges.

‘Since 2016, NCPHN has funded 175 local organisations and health providers to deliver services to fill gaps and improve the health of people across the North Coast, she added.

North Coast Primary Health Network is an independent, not-for-profit organisation committed to improving the health in north coast communities. They plan to analyse the information provided and use the findings from the survey, as well as data about the region, to present to and discussed with local community members during September 2018.

Go into a draw

If you fill out the survey you will have the chance to go into a draw to win on of five $200 worth of groceries vouchers.

The survey will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and all the information gathered is confidential. The online survey is available at: https://ncphn.org.au/speakup.

Find out more information and look at the 2016 Community Survey findings and accessible, easy to read fact sheets here.

NCPHN states their priorities as: 1. Better mental health and emotional well-being. 2. Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. 3. Improving our population’s health and well-being. 4. Building a highly skilled and capable health workforce. 5. Improving the integration of health services through electronic and digital health platforms. 6. Improving the health and well-being of older people.

For more information, go to: www.ncphn.org.au.

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  1. More bulk billing doctors are required. People on low incomes are sick of having to cough up 70 bucks every time they have to go to a GP.


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