News

Moura proposal shelved for collaborative approach

Kris Jones-McKinstrey and Debbie Elliott began the night's proceedings by congratulating their community and warning the board to give them a fair go. Photo:Kathleen Calderwood
Kris Jones-McKinstrey and Debbie Elliott began the night's proceedings by congratulating their community and warning the board to give them a fair go. Photo:Kathleen Calderwood Kathleen Calderwood

MORE than 500 people gave a standing ovation to a procession of local nurses as they entered Kianga Memorial Hall, Moura, last night.

The staff, carrying banners and placards protesting moves to downground Moura Hospital, arrived just minutes after the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services Board had been seated.

The protest provided a show of the community's unbroken spirit.

Community members Debbie Elliott and Kris Jones-McKinstrey opened the night's proceedings with a stern warning to the board that the community's local knowledge was invaluable.

"Please don't come with a pre-conceived idea," Mrs Elliott said.

"We are knowledge rich... we want due process."

A crowd of over 500 attended to hear the board's proposal. Photo: Kathleen Calderwood
A crowd of over 500 attended to hear the board's proposal. Photo: Kathleen Calderwood Kathleen Calderwood

Board chairman Charles Ware and deputy chairman Dr David Austin spent the first part of the night going through their proposed model for health care in Moura.

This was met with some hostility, although the crowd was generally willing to listen.

Mr Ware began his speech with a sincere apology to the community of Moura.

"Can I start by offering a very sincere apology for the breakdown in communication between the board and the community of Moura," he said.

"We can do it better and we will do it much better."

He then assured the crowd that the board had come to the meeting with only proposed changes and an open mind.

However he reinforced that the current model at the hospital was unsustainable and some changes would be needed.

The most significant change Mr Ware suggested was ceasing of in-patient care and reduction of full-time positions at the hospital from 19 to nine, which would affect 36 people, as many work part-time.

When the meeting was opened to questions, many residents disputed the data that the board's model was based on.

Trev Evans asked why patients were routinely transferred by helicopter and suggested this may be a reason for the under-utilisation of the hospital.

Another woman was brought to tears describing how residents lacked choice as to where they received medical treatment.

By the end of the night the division between the board and the community had been bridged and it seemed the two parties were ready to work together.

Mr Ware conceded that the proposed plan is now "ancient history" and continued consultation would see the development of a new model which would act as a framework for other small hospitals in the region.

Proposed services at the Moura Primary Care Centre will include:

GP Services - 9:00am to 5:00pm week days and on-call after hours

24/7 Emergency capacity - a Rural and Isolated Practice Registered Nurse (RIPRN) and an Enrolled Nurse Advanced Practice (ENAP) will work in the centre, from 3:00pm daily until 12:00am (midnight), to respond to emergency visits or calls by community members. The RIPRN will then provide an on-call service from midnight until GP opening hours. The ENAP will be the second on-call contact, if required. They will also contribute to a round-the-clock casualty response service developed in conjunction with the GP practice and QueenslandAmbulance Service.

Triage capacity - this will be provided as part of the 24/7 emergency capacity.

Overnight/observation capacity - the RIPRN will triage and observe a patient in a 'holding' bed while determining if admission to another facility is necessary. The RIPRN will be assisted in the observation process through tele- or video-linkages to the Emergency Department at Rockhampton Hospital. The observation capacity will not extend beyond midnight so the patient will have to be discharged home or transferred out by that time. Any patient requiring admission will be transferred via air or road to the nearest appropriate facility:

Hub hospital: Biloela - 67km away

Main referral hospital: Rockhampton - 170km away

Tertiary referral centre: Brisbane - 640km away

X-ray and minor procedure capacity - new x-ray services and facilities will support the existing minor procedure capacity of the centre.

Visiting specialist and allied health professionals - outreach allied health, mental health and social work/counselling services will continue to be provided as usual from Biloela. Telehealth facilities will also continue to be provided with the aim of improving the range of allied health and specialist medical services which can be provided through the Primary Care Centre in conjunction with CQ Medicare Local and the Rural Division of General Practice.

Other former hospital services to be provided locally include:

Palliative care - a community, in-home palliative care service will be developed with Moura Blue Care through a specific funding arrangement as there will be no inpatient capacity in Moura.

Meals on Wheels - will be provided by Blue Care.

Topics:  central queensland health moura hospital



McDonald's shooting: Police actions deemed 'lawful'

CLEARED: Cops who fired shots at a former Gladstone man Zachariah Hewitt deemed lawful.

Police cleared after firing shots at former Gladstone man

UPDATE: Contractor taken to hospital after falling at QAL

Paramedics respond to reports of a man falling 10m at QAL

Man possibly injured after falling 10m

Council's choice in revealing reason behind shock departure of CEO

Gladstone council meeting January 17, 2017.

THE COMMUNITY "doesn't really have a say” in who the council CEO is

Local Partners

The best of SUNfest on show

SUNfest 2017 wraps up on Friday night with showcase event.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Jimmy Barnes Gladstone show not a sell out

Jimmy Barnes will be performing in Gladstone on Saturday at the Harvey Road Tavern.

PLENTY of tickets still available

Your chance to drive like Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. with his trusty 'side-kick' Ferrari.

FERRARI that appeared on classic detective show goes to auction.

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Crow Street Creative on right track

Crow St Creative host barbecue and bands.

"Blank canvas”: industrial Crow Street developments

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!