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Gippslanders ‘Tell Maria’ how to improve health outcomes in Gippsland

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In an ongoing consultation process this month, Gippsland community members have been taking the opportunity to tell Gippsland PHN what is needed most to improve the health of Gippslanders through the ‘Tell Maria’ campaign.

Gippsland PHN launched the Tell Maria initiative this month to encourage the Gippsland community to provide their input to help determine what the health priorities are for Gippsland.

Through looking at what the community and health professionals say, in addition to available datasets, Gippsland PHN determines priorities for support and investment in the region in an effort to improve health outcomes of Gippslanders.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer said that community consultation during this process is critical.

“We know that the community have a valuable insight into what they are seeing and experiencing in the health system in Gippsland which is key to interpreting data available to us,” Ms Shearer said.

“There has been a significant response to the Tell Maria campaign from vulnerable populations in Gippsland, such as aged, young people, carers, people with a disability, and Indigenous Gippslanders.”

“I would like to encourage anyone in the Gippsland community to get involved in the Tell Maria campaign who has a story to tell about how we can help support improved health in Gippsland,” Ms Shearer said.

Gippsland PHN Population Health Planner, and face of the Tell Maria campaign, Maria Garrett said community input is invaluable in identifying what is most needed.

“From the information we have received to-date, community have reaffirmed that mental health, cancer screening, and heart health are very important. Work and study opportunities and healthy living are also high on the list as focus points,” Ms Garrett said.

“Although the response rate is up from previous years, we are really keen to hear from more people to give us even more information about what is most needed for improved health in our communities in Gippsland.”

To find out more about the Tell Maria campaign, visit www.gphn.org.au.

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Media contact: Kate Simmons, Coordinator Communications: 0477 232 312 or kate.simmons@gphn.org.au

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