Two recently announced community forums will be held in Nuriootpa this week, forming the first part of consultation investigating a new Barossa Hospital hub.
The sessions will be held at this week at the Nuriootpa Soldiers’ Memorial Hall on Wednesday night (6pm) and Thursday (12:30pm).
Anyone unable to attend the forums will only have until October 28 to make a submission through the government’s yoursay.sa.gov.au website.
Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Graham told *the Herald* that, through these forums, they are hoping to better understand the health service needs of the Barossa and surrounding areas.
“The first phase of engagement will discuss the types of services the community would like to see in the region and the capacity for these services,” Ms Graham said.
After community consultation wraps up next week, the next step will be a clinical workshop to engage with local medical, nursing, allied and mental health providers.
Once consultation is complete in early 2020, Ms Graham said the findings will be provided to the community “in due course”.
This $200,000 hospital business case was promised by the state liberal party prior to the election more than a year ago, however any new hospital is without a formal funding announcement.
Labor’s Assistant Shadow Minister for Health & Wellbeing Blair Boyer argued the community consensus was clear that the community wanted a new hospital.
“Now the Marshall Liberal Government is subjecting the community to more consultation instead of getting on with doing what it promised before the last state election,” he said.
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