Over the past two months Otway Health Board members and CEO Kate Gillan have met with members of the community through ‘Tea-Talk’ sessions, to better understand community feelings and expectations towards us, your health and community care provider. Thank you to those who have participated – the experience was invaluable.

The commitment to the outcomes and sense of ownership of Otway Health within the community should be commended. From our discussions, it is evident that Otway Health is a valued and important service that the community wants to support to ensure it is an effective and sustainable health service.

Clear communication is key to linking you to our organisation and it is our intention to keep you better informed of our activities. As a Board, we are committed to ensuring the services provided by Otway Health are sustainable. Clear priorities include maintaining access to 24/7 care through innovative approaches including Telehealth, ensuring GP services meet the needs of the community, while continuing to accommodate the needs of our permanent aged care residents.

Thank you to all the staff of Otway Health for maintaining high levels of care and professionalism during the recruitment process of a permanent nurse practitioner. It is with great pleasure we welcome Brad Pickering to the team at Otway Health. Brad is a Nurse Practitioner who, with his family, has moved permanently to Apollo Bay to fulfil the Clinical Nurse Manager role. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Brad is able to prescribe medications, treat illness and administer physical exams.

Moving forward we will continue to listen and provide you with better opportunities to have your say and get involved.

For queries relating to services provided by Otway Health, please contact Otway Health directly on (03) 5237 8500. Alternatively, members of the Community Advisory Committee and the board of Otway Health can be contacted via email.

Community Advisory Committee
cac.oh@swarh.vic.gov.au

Otway Health Board
otwayboard@swarh.vic.gov.au

Thanks once again for your support,

Nick Salkeld
Board Chair
Otway Health

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