Addressing barriers to after hours health services on Bribie Island

Federal Member for Longman, Terry Young MP and State Member for Pumicestone, Simone Wilson MP met with Senior Regional Health Officials this week to discuss a range of options for improving access to after-hours health services on Bribie Island.

The meeting was attended by the Brisbane North Primary Health Network and Brisbane North Hospital and Health Services Executive and followed a Health Providers Roundtable initiated by Simone Wilson MP in April this year.

Topics discussed included Bribie Island’s ageing population, consumer expectations, patient access data, models of urgent care and minor trauma centres, the role of primary and secondary health care, strategies to address gaps in service delivery, cost factors and ways forward.

All parties agreed that collaborative approaches across State and Federal jurisdictions were needed to find solutions. The Brisbane North Primary Health Network committed to identifying options that could be further progressed, contingent on additional funding, including the possibility of commencing trials in 2020 that would improve access to afterhours health services on Bribie Island and surrounds.

Simone Wilson MP and Terry Young MP are committed to finding solutions for the Bribie Island community and will continue to discuss the gap in access to after-hours health care for Bribie Island residents with respective State and Federal Health Ministers.

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