District Health Service event
know I don’t need to tell you how important regional health
services like this one are to local communities.
want to be treated, where possible, close to their communities and
families, and we need a health structure that enables patients to
move smoothly to and from acute care to recuperative facilities.
there is a good argument for centralised acute care facilities, and I
believe the LGH is a wonderful example.
there, and not too far away, when you need it.
if you are well enough to leave the LGH, and not well enough to go
straight home, you need a local facility like Beaconsfield.
smart managers in the DHHS know this and work hard to integrate
regional services with acute care.
unfortunately the bean counters sometimes begrudge the resources
necessary for regional health structures.
it is up to communities to keep reminding the politicians how
important structures like the Beaconsfield District Health service
are to voters.
that’s the serious part of my message today out of the way.
I want to talk about auxiliaries and I guess that’s a serious topic
too; without auxiliaries we couldn’t run a health service in
Tasmania the way we manage to.
and that’s most of you here are absolutely vital in providing
services which otherwise couldn’t be afforded,
Jarman who attended the annual Auxiliaries conference recently has
provided the following facts:
year Tasmanian auxiliaries raised $720,000.
funded $680,000 for equipment for hospitals and health facilities.
are 289 auxiliary members in the northern region.
are very impressive figures indeed.
been a lot of discussion about volunteers in the past few years; they
are vital in our communities.
it could be said that hospital auxiliaries are some of our most
are particularly effective because there is a structure around them
and a defined role.
I believe they need more support---not just from the community, but
I would like to see is a constructive dialogue between auxiliary
organisations, health professionals---and most importantly,
don’t now what you think, but I believe the role of our important
auxiliaries could be helped and improved.
that involves, among other things, more recognition and appreciation.