The Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has launched a new five-year strategic plan - Strategy 2026 - a roadmap for renewal as it strives to become a recognised leader in rural healthcare.
The strategic priorities in Strategy 2026 are in line with NSW Health's strategic planning framework and recognise the importance of maintaining excellence in care in an environment of increasing demand and complexity.
Chief executive Margaret Bennett said the plan was developed with broad engagement from staff, community members, and other stakeholders over the past 18 months.
"The community's voice and input are essential to guiding and supporting us to deliver the best healthcare services for the local communities we serve now and in the future," she said.
"I am pleased to have received comments and feedback from more than 2200 people through this process."
Board chair Dr Allan Hawke AC said the launch of Strategy 2026 was an exciting time for SNSWLHD as the region recovered from significant challenges in recent years.
"The district has demonstrated extraordinary adaptability and resilience through bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.
"Strategy 2026 will ensure that we continue to provide our regional communities with the highest standard of health care."
In addition, the health district has invited community members to the annual public meeting on November 4. The session will be held online due to limitations on public gatherings under the current COVID-19 restrictions.
The meeting will include presentations from Dr Allan Hawke and Margaret Bennett, as well as updates from the district's COVID-19 controller and network general managers. The guest speaker will be Dr Lesley Russell, adjunct associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.
Ms Bennett encouraged interested community members to attend, and to send in questions ahead of the event.
"The meeting is a chance for us to provide an update on recent achievements, future plans and upcoming opportunities for community members to engage with us," she said.
"Southern's vision is to be a recognised leader in rural healthcare. The community's voice and input are essential to helping, guiding and supporting us to be the best we can be."
Anyone wishing to attend should register for a free ticket and Zoom link via Eventbrite: annualpublicmeeting2021.eventbrite.com.au
Questions should be sent in advance to: SNSWLHD-YourFeedBack@health.nsw.gov.au
The health district has also launched a quarterly magazine and monthly newsletter. Community members can subscribe to the newsletter and upcoming spring magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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