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Health committee urges community to have its say

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is calling for the public to have its say with the launch of the 2016 Community Survey.

Adelong Batlow Local Health Advisory Committee Chair Linda Swales said the survey is the perfect opportunity for the community to provide feedback toward improved communication with the health service.

“Murrumbidgee Local Health District is serious about ensuring feedback received from our local community is acted on and incorporated into the day-to-day operations of the service,” said Ms Swales.

“This survey will seek to find out how much people know about our services and how we can best communicate with our communities about our services.

“The survey is easy to complete online or hard copies can be obtained from the hospital and other locations around town.”

The survey forms part of MLHD’s Community Engagement Strategy which focuses on informing, consulting and engaging with consumers.

“MLHD is enthusiastic about partnering with our community,” said Chief Executive Jill Ludford.

“We continue to work towards improving the way we go about planning, designing and evaluating our services, and this is another step towards ensuring we get it right.”

The first Community Survey in 2014 provided some great information to improve the way we communicate, Ms Ludford said.

“One of these was the redevelopment of the MLHD website to include information about the services provided through the district.”

The data from the previous survey also revealed correlations between people’s age, sex and location and their level of understanding about services available.

“Different people access information differently and the survey highlighted how we could better communicate with people from different backgrounds in our communities,” she said.

The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/986Y59H, via the “your opinion” page on the MLHD website or by contacting Community Engagement Manager Setchen Brimson on 6933 9100 or email setchen.brimson@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au