Care needs roundtable in Birchip

Date published

27 Mar 2019

Beyond an already demonstrated need for optometry services in the area, the roundtable recognised issues around the lack of availability of speech pathology and mental health services.   The discussion further focused on the adoption of novel communication channels and promotion timeframes to optimise utilisation through patients.

Providing care to the least mobile patients was a topic of discussion with suggestions coming from various quarters.

Already operating in Birchip, a volunteer run Birchip Cares community transport program picks up and drives vulnerable or disadvantaged clients to medical appointments free of charge. Appointments for the service are made and managed through the local P-12 school.

Hosted by the RFDS and the Australian College of Optometry (ACO), who were there to promote the extension of their partnership into the area, the meeting attracted key leaders of Buloke Shire, the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership, the East Wimmera Health Service, the Birchip School and the local GP.

A debrief of the meeting has been shared with contributors and is providing opportunities for further discussions