Barossa and Districts Health Inc host annual general meeting

An emphasis on building the Barossa and Districts Health Advisory Council Inc (HAC) profile and increasing community engagement activities will continue into 2020.

The priorities were raised in front of 20 health providers, service club members and supporters who joined Barossa HAC's AGM on Monday evening.

"As an example, in March we linked with Barossa Village and Angaston Medical Center in a joint Suicide Prevention grant application," presiding member Elizabeth Haebich revealed in her report.

"A number of other projects remain standing items on our agenda such as outcome decisions from a business plan for a new Barossa hospital..."

Barossa HAC also plan to be more transparent and accessible to the community, such as developing a flyer with details on how to contact the advisory council.

Major achievements for Barossa HAC over the past year has included donating significant funds towards refurbishment of the 'Hage Suite' at Angaston Hospital for visiting specialists opened in March.

"We have also contributed towards a number of other infrastructure projects, such a remodelling a sun lounge into a two bed room, as well as donating requested items in the hospitals," Mrs Haebich added.

Guest speaker Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network senior community engagement advisor Bronwyn Venning spoke about last month's workshops and pop-up listening post regarding Barossa's future health.

Having raised points already reported last week by Barossa Herald, she added how the now closed online survey, resulted in 164 responses and 76 pages of feedback.

Ms Venning explained that once all the information was collated and themed into categories, a summary of community responses would be accessible to the public

The board also welcomed new members Elena Rudnik and Heather Richardson, and a Barossa Council representative, councillor Cathy Troup.