Older people at the centre of Health Alliance process

Older people at the centre of Health Alliance process

Since mid-2017 a core group of health and community care leaders have been working to improve care for older people and central to this process has been engaging with older people. 

In late 2017 staff from the Health Alliance, Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN visited Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village and talked to over 40 residents during a morning tea brainstorming session. The visit was organised with the support of Dr Vasie Naicker, a local GP who regularly visits the village.  

The residents provided valuable insights into the challenges older people face when trying to access the healthcare and other services they need. Additionally residents shared about what is most important to them as they get older. 

Additional discussions were held with older people participating in respite care at Burnie Brae. 

Conversations with Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village residents have continued into 2018 and on 19 June, residents Thea Bieshuvel, Eric Jesson and Bernie Homen attended the Metro North Health Forum. They were joined by Laurel Scott, a Taigum resident who is currently caring for her elderly husband, and participated in a lively and interactive discussion with over 120 clinicians and healthcare leaders from across the Brisbane North region.   

General Manager of the Health Alliance, Professor Don Matheson said the importance of engaging with healthcare consumers to understand challenges and design solutions could not be underestimated.  

“Older people tell us they want quality care closer to their home, and we must work with all sector partners to make this possible,” Prof Matheson said. 

The Health Alliance will continue to work with the sector to engage with older people around how the healthcare system can be improved.