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Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick addresses attendees at the Annual Public Meeting in Coffs Harbour.

A year of achievements and challenges

Dec 07, 2022

Mid North Coast Local Health District held its Annual Public Meeting at Coffs Harbour today.

The meeting, which was well attended by community members, staff, volunteers, and members of the MNCLHD Governing Board, was an opportunity to reflect on the past year and highlight some of the achievements of the local health district. This included the launch of the District’s Strategic Plan 2022-2032 that will guide it through the next decade.

Governing Board Chair Professor Heather Cavanagh acknowledged the resilience and resourcefulness of the incredible teams working across the district during yet another challenging year.

Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick noted the MNCLHD had accomplished much over the past 12 months, and the commitment to patients, clients and community never wavered.

Among the achievements were three-year accreditation following National Safety and Quality health Service Standards assessment, launch of a Chronic Care Service at Kempsey District Hospital in collaboration with Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service, completion of the new Coffs Harbour health Campus Clinical Services Building as part of the $194 million expansion project and the opening of Bowraville HealthOne and Camden Haven HealthOne facilities.

Members of the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Service also made a presentation, providing some insights into the mini-Olympics initiative that was held mid-year. The event showed how staff and patients united in competition, supported each other and, most importantly, had lots of fun and laughs.

The annual Year in Review booklet was also launched at the meeting, providing an important snapshot into the key achievements of the local health district, including capital works, community partnerships, recognition and awards, the COVID-19 response, community engagement and Closing the Gap initiatives.

To see more photos from the Annual Public Meeting, please click on the image below and scroll through the library.

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