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Patients, visitors and staff across Logan Bayside Health Network have marked this year’s Close the Gap celebrations and Metro South Health’s commitment to improving the health and wellness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
MSH Board Chair Janine Walker said Metro South Health was proud of its initiatives to Close the Gap including the establishment of the Metro South Close the Gap and Health Access Committees and the Pathways to Inclusion workforce strategy.
Ms Walker said the purpose of the committees was to advance local initiatives in Metro South hospitals to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and non-indigenous Australians by 2033.
The Close the Gap working party has already been active in developing service improvements in the Emergency Department, Allied Health and the surgical wards.
The ED Project gained momentum since it began late last year with educational sessions for staff and management on how to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, Hospital Liaison staff and other organisations.
The project also focussed on utilising extended services and processes to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients complete their treatment.