Community update on Bonalbo Multipurpose Service Planning

Community update on Bonalbo Multipurpose Service Planning
A community meeting will be held in Bonalbo on Friday 19 July 2013 to update local residents on the planning work undertaken to date for the Bonalbo Multipurpose Service (MPS).

The meeting at the Bonalbo Bowling and Recreation Club will be from 12.45pm – 2.45pm and local residents are invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to present nine design options for a Bonalbo MPS, to seek feedback on them, and confirm the community’s priorities.

The hosts of the meeting, Chief Executive of Northern NSW Local Health District, Chris Crawford, and Chair of UnitingCare Ageing Council North Coast, Mr Alan Hoskins, said, “Although we are still early in the planning and feasibility stage, the NNSW LHD and UnitingCare are committed to achieving the best health service outcomes for the people of Bonalbo and surrounds.

“It is important to conduct this process in close consultation with the local community. We want to fully understand their health and aged care needs and we will strive to meet these. Therefore, we extend an open invitation to residents and interested parties to attend the meeting on Friday 19 July, or if they are unable to, then to submit any questions they may have.

“We need to ensure that Bonalbo’s acute, aged care and primary health services are appropriately tailored to the community’s needs. The objective of this process is to ensure that health and aged care services continue to be provided at the Bonalbo Hospital site.

“We know that innovative modern facilities attract high calibre clinical staff, and we will be looking at a range of potential design options that we are keen to get feedback on.”

Mr Hoskins added, “UnitingCare NSW.ACT has a long history of providing aged care services for the NSW North Coast community and we are fully committed to creating a plan to ensure those needs are met long into the future.”

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