Health professionals and members of the community have been invited to participate in an online survey designed to provide a snapshot of health priorities and service gaps in the Scenic Rim.
The 2017 Health Needs Assessment for Brisbane South Primary Health Network (PHN) has been online for two months and includes a series of questionnaires about primary health services, children and youth, women and men’s health and ageing.
Louise Litchfield, spokesperson for PHN Brisbane South, said the response so far has been amazing.
“We’re thrilled that 800 people have already registered and nearly 250 surveys have been completed,” she said.
“For people who don’t want to go online we also have an outreach program and we’ve held face to face meetings with groups including indigenous elders and the LGBTIQ community.
“We’re still analysing the responses but there has been a common theme around people saying, ‘this is how we feel in the system’ and wanting more understanding of cultural needs.”
Responses so far have also provided insight into health priorities like chronic disease, mental health, chronic pain and preventative health.
There’s still time for everyone to have a say, with the current round of questionnaires online until the end of September.
“We want to hear from everyone, especially from people who may not feel they have a voice,” Ms Litchfield said.
‘The survey is still open, so people can get in before the end of October or even if they just want to pop in to share stories of their experiences, they will definitely be heard.”
The 2017 Health Needs Assessment is being done in partnership with Metro South Health, Children's Health Queensland, Mater Health Services and the local community.
You can participate or read updates on the survey via the PHN dedicated online portal at bettersystembetterhealthbsphn.engagementhq.com