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 TALKING HEALTH

Newsletter n°67 - 23 January 2018  
 
 

Hello Visitor,

FarmFit Challenge 2015

Well the 2015 FarmFit Challenge is done and dusted. Judging from the feedback of participants and spectators it was a roaring success and Toyota has already offered to be a main sponsor  in 2016 which is great news. The final Challenge, deciding who would receive a share in the $2600 cash was to push a Toyota Hilux over 50m, and it took some pushing!! All 4 vehicles crossed the line with team Plus Fitness taking out final honors.

There are a bunch of pics that can be viewed online on the you time and money page. Love to hear your comment. In addition to having a great time $1100 was raised that will be donated to Esperance Men in Sheds and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Go Esperance !!

Medicare Review

While not a scintillating topic there is a limited opportunity for you to contribute to how medical services are and will be provided to those in 'the bush'.

Your Experience Counts
The taskforce also wants to know about patients’ experiences with the system. The Australian Government is currently reviewing the Medicare items that are available to you, which define the way you can navigate the health system.

We all value Medicare but we know that the system doesn’t always work well.
For example, currently physiotherapists must refer you back to a GP just so you can qualify for a Medicare rebate if you need an limb XR, a MRI scan or to see a specialist, like an orthopaedic surgeon. These trips to the GP cost you time and money, and also take up your GP’s valuable resources.

The review taskforce is collecting feedback from ordinary consumers of health services like you.

I strongly encourage you to take part in the review by telling the taskforce about your experience accessing care — good and bad. You can complete a survey online or provide your response by email until 9 November.

To find out more, read the consultation paper for consumers or read the background information on the Department of Health website.

These reviews don't happen that often. If you have an experience, telling the decision makers lets them know what really happens in the bush.

 
     
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