Plans for Banana Shire hospitals

A COMMUNITY forum was held in Biloela and Moura on Monday with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service chief executive Steve Williamson.

A series of direct questions were fired during the Biloela event at Mr Williamson, who said he was impressed with the response.

"What is fantastic is the passion the Biloela community has for their hospital,” he said.

"I was really pleased to see so much feedback and it was good to hear.”

Issued raised included private doctors, ultrasound services, aged care, waiting lists and patient travel.

A major issue among that list was locum doctors.

"They were right about the need to have a permanent workforce and we really have been working hard to find that workforce,” Mr Williamson said.

"I am looking forward to seeing more doctors come here and also Theodore and Moura.”

A consultation draft has been released of the CQHHS's strategy for 2030 and how they will get there.

The strategy aims to achieve 10,000 fewer lives to smoking, care closer to home, best patient and staff experience in Queensland, a digital revolution, closing the gap on indigenous life expectancy and more.

The strategy plans for Biloela Hospital to be a key hub in the future for the Banana Shire and it is planned to be home to a rural and remote clinical school to train local medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health and indigenous health students.

There will be an investment in telehealth technology at Biloela Hospital to provide local access wherever possible and support faculties at Theodore, Moura and Baralaba.

"We are trying our hardest to get our vision outthere,” Mr Williamson said.

"I think we have a really positive view of the future and the hospital services.”

Mr Williamson said the Moura community was really positive.

"They asked questions of 'what about my hospital, what about my doctors',” he said.

"They were really excited about partnership between local hospitals and the community.

"The ambulance service and the hospital can work together closely and so can the mine.”

There is a survey out on the new strategy and the data collected will be compiled in October.

"We will organise all that feedback and we will amend the strategies in the vision,” Mr Williamson said.

"Then we will immediately launch some of the strategies.”

Focus for Biloela Hospital:

Cancer care

Dialysis and renal work

Taking steps to secure the future of doctors

Midwifery group practice

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