SOME consultation provided in a workshop for the Cloncurry Community Health Vision was too vague, according to Cloncurry councillor Jane McMillan.
Cr McMillan said in the Cloncurry Shire Council full council meeting on Tuesday that some submissions in the workshop did not focus on objectives the council hoped to achieve.
These did not reflect the health issues specific to the Cloncurry community, she said.
The council should consider making it clearer what it hoped to achieve through the vision, she said.
“We have to be specific about things we’re trying to achieve,” the councillor said.
Cloncurry Shire chief executive David Neeves said the report could be changed, but that the council didn’t ‘‘want to undermine the consultation process”.
Councillors were told about 30 health professionals attended the consultation meeting.
The workshop was held on Wednesday, April 2.
Organisations that made submissions included Medicare Local, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, and the Queensland Ambulance Service.
A Cloncurry Shire Council spokesperson said the workshop aimed to identify restraints, opportunities and gaps, which would be “fed into” the final goals of the vision.
Issues at Cloncurry included infrastructure for student accommodation, health staff retention, infrastructure, and the need for a local census at Cloncurry so that there was a better awareness of local health issues. The vision document allowed the council to lobby for local health providers to support their delivery of a critical health care model, the spokesperson said.
Mr Neeves later told The North West Star the insight gathered at the workshop was “invaluable” because it identified health priorities.
“The health vision paints clearer pictures of the current levels of service in the Shire and what we, collaboratively, would like to see in five years,’’ he said.
“Understandably, everyone has their own goals, own vision and an understanding of the existing gaps we feel are most prominent.”
Medicare Local Central and North West Queensland chairman Phil Barwick said the service provided information and data at the workshop.
Issues that Medicare Local covered included outreach services to Cloncurry, indigenous health, and youth health and support, Mr Barwick said.
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