Liberal Party to host health forum in Naracoorte

A community health forum hosted by the Liberal Party will take place in Naracoorte next week.

The forum will be next Wednesday and will feature several guests including Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

Liberal candidate for MacKillop Nick McBride, who played a key role in organising the forum, urges members of the public to attend.

“Health is one of the biggest issues being raised by the community, that’s why I have invited Mr Wade to the South East to meet with locals and clinicians to discuss regional health services,” he said. “I’m encouraging everyone to come along and have their say at the forum and hear from our Shadow Health Minister.”

Discussions are likely to cover various topics such as maintenance of health facilities, strengthening relationships between doctors and hospitals and helping keep fundraising dollars in local communities.

Mr McBride said any new feedback or potential issues raised by community members will be welcomed.

The shadow minister said he was keen to discuss with locals a number of issues raised by Mr McBride along with any other ideas for improving health services in the South East.

“Health services in country South Australia have been badly hit by lack of investment and a lack of consultation,” Mr Wade said.

Mr Wade will start his tour in Keith and Millicent before finishing at the Naracoorte forum.

Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams, Member for Barker Tony Pasin and local Naracoorte GPs Jeff Taylor and Brian Norcock will also attend the forum.

Mr McBride said inviting the Liberal MPs was crucial to the overall appeal of the forum.

“It gives the forum credibility that we’re not just a state issue, it crosses boundaries between federal and state,” he said. “We are joining the dots by having Tony (Pasin) and Mitch (Williams) there.”

Between 100-200 people could possibly attend the forum at the Kincraig Hotel. It will go from 5.30-7pm and is free admission with light refreshments available. RSVP to Jillian Andrews on 0418 843 923 by October 9.