Norfolk Island Regional Council

Mayors Update - Keeping the Community informed



‘WETLS (MEALS) ON WHEELS’
“On Wednesday I attended a very informative meeting organised by the men and women who volunteer their time to deliver Meals on Wheels to members of our community. The meeting was convened to discuss how best the service might operate going forward into the future; and it was valuable to have the Hospital Director Ms Kath Bowman and former Hospital Director Mr. David McCowan there,” Mayor Adams said. “This community service which commenced in 1995 under the Directorship of David McCowan was designed, and remains the case today, to provide the island’s elderly with regular nutritious meals at a nominal cost; provide social contact with the volunteers; and allow our senior citizens to remain in their homes. The service was subsidized both by the Hospital and the Norfolk Island Government. Following positive discussion today across the range of issues needing to be addressed, I believe we all left the meeting confident that when the meeting reconvenes on Friday 2 June a detailed Plan on how ‘Wetls on Wheels’ will operate and be funded in the future will be on the table for agreement. All present were committed to ensuring that this valuable service will continue”

REMOVAL OF MEDICAL RECORDS

“In response to community concerns re the recent removal off island of medical records, I have contacted Ms Karen Heldon, Director Norfolk Island Capital Works with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, who advises that as soon as appropriate file storage is identified on Norfolk Island the archived hospital records will be returned”, Mayor Adams said. “The records were removed from the Old Bakery Building to allow for extensive demolition due to the removal of Asbestos. The Department will be issuing a public statement on the matter”.

DRAFT HEALTH PROMOTION ACTION PLAN ENHANCING HEALTH LITERACY AND COMMUNITY CAPACITY ON NORFOLK ISLAND
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) have released for community consideration and comment a draft Health Promotion Action Plan designed to enhance health literacy and community capacity on Norfolk Island. The draft Plan is based on the findings of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD); Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN); the Norfolk Island ‘Needs Assessment’ (Carramar Consulting, 2016), and local consultation. These studies have provided guidance to CESPHN on the needs of the community and opportunities available to promote and implement the Health Promotion Action Plan for the people of Norfolk Island and their visitors. To assist the community with accessing the draft Action Plan Council has placed a copy on its website at www.norfolkisland.gov.nf. Community comment is to be emailed to o.khalaf@cesphn.com.au no later than 9 June 2017. A copy is also available at the Library. More information about CESPHN is available at www.cesphn.org.au.

Robin Adams
MAYOR
26 May 2017

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