Last AGM for area health

HEALTH advocate and lawyer Fiona Tito-Wheatland will be the keynote speaker at today's annual general meeting of the Mid North Coast Area Health Service (MNCAHS).

The AGM will be the last for the area as it now stands, as the MNCAHS will merge with the Northern Rivers Area Health Service on January 1 to become the new North Coast Area Health Service.

Ms Tito-Wheatland's topic will be Patient Safety ? Everybody's Business.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, which begins at 2.30pm and will be held on Level 9 of the Port Pacific Resort, 6-14 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie.

Administrator Chris Crawford will present the 2002-03 annual performance review; Mr Rodney Smith will present the 2003-04 financial statements; and the 2004 Volunteer of the Year, Carrie Lewthwaite, will be recognised for her 53 years of continuous and outstanding service to Kempsey District Hospital with the United Hospital Auxiliary.

This year the MNCAHS is acknowledging the work of volunteers in the central clinical network. Sunday, December 5, will be International Volunteer Day.

The meeting will close with questions.

n Members of the public and the medical workforce still have one week left to nominate for membership of the new North Coast Area Health Advisory Council.

The council will advise the chief executive and will be in-volved in developing policies and plans for providing health services.

Applications, which were originally due to close last month, have been extended to December 10.

Interested people can apply online through the NSW Health website or application forms can be downloaded from

n Inquiries: Joshua Marshall 02-93919692 or

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