At its recent meeting the Cooma Community Consultation Committee welcomed the arrival of the new Cooma Health Service manager, Antje Badger, who is pleased to be back living and working in the local community after an absence of 31 years.
Ms Badger is looking forward to working with community members and organisations to strengthen and support the services provided by the local health service, ensuring these reflect the needs of the community.
She is also very keen to acknowledge the support of Cooma Health Service staff. In the two months she has been with the service, she says she has been very impressed by the knowledge, professionalism and dedication of staff.
"Staff members operate as a team and I feel privileged to be working with such caring and motivated people," she said.
A project that was discussed at a recent consultation committee meeting was the provision of clarity on the volunteer program and ways in which this program could be developed.
Committee members Pat Scheele (chairperson), Kaye Anderson, Sue Litchfield, Maria Linkenbagh, Chris Reeks, Lee Evans and staff representative Lorraine Dubois are committed to working with consumers, community groups and district residents to build happy, healthy communities throughout the Cooma Health Service region.
The primary role of the local community consultation committee is to act as a conduit between the local community and the health service. Local and district residents can contact any of the committee members to pass on their concerns and/or comments in respect of local health services.
In this way, the committee is able to identify the service needs of local communities and pass this information to Antje to ensure that decisions about local health services reflect community needs.
The telephone contact details of committee members are:
Kaye Anderson 6452 1782; Lee Evans 6452 1329; Maria Linkenbagh 0403 080 445; Sue Litchfield 6453 3269; Chris Reeks 0407 299 008; Pat Scheele 6454 4134.
The committee meets at the hospital on the first Thursday of each month, with the exception of January. If you have anything you would like brought to the attention of a meeting, just call one of the above committee members and provide them with the details.