||This month I am pleased to report that we have a number of opportunities for health professionals and the local community to work with us, to provide their skills, experience and advice to ensure our services and investments are locally focused, cost-effective, relevant, meet community needs and will ultimately improve healthcare for Gold Coast residents. These opportunities include a GP as the General Practice Lead in the adoption of new mental health initiatives. We are also seeking to appoint a GP (employed not principal), pharmacist, psychologist and psychiatrist to be part of our clinical council and we are seeking community members for our community advisory council.
We are also keen to meet with mental health services providers
and mental health service users
at a series of workshops later this month, as part of significant work around new mental health initiatives targeting people with a severe mental illness, to access clinical care coordination services in the community. As part of the co-design process we are engaging with community members, service providers and health professionals, to assist us in shaping the future of community based mental health services and we invite you to join with us.
We also have an opportunity for organisations to put in a Request For Proposal
for our Christmas Connections Program, to support Gold Coast Partners in Recovery participants living with severe and persistent mental illness, during the Christmas/New Year period.
And we would like parents to ensure that their 15-19 year-olds receive their free vaccine to protect them against Meningococcal A, C, W and Y
. Meningococcal W has only recently been found in Australia and is very serious, which is why parents should see their GP or health clinic. Year 10 students can receive their vaccine at school.
Finally, with R U K Day
on September 14, we encourage you to talk to your friends and family, just to check in, and support them if they are struggling. This suicide prevention initiative aims to better connect people and change lives.