Health agencies join forces to meet surge in demand for access to care

A landmark alliance of key health agencies has been formed to ensure residents of flood-ravaged
Northwest Queensland get the support they need to deal with an expected surge in health
challenges due to loss of property and livelihoods.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) has joined the regions Primary
Health Networks and Queensland Health to form the Western Queensland Flood Alliance
Response (WQFAR).  The Alliance brings together peak Commonwealth and State Government agencies and nongovernment organisations health providers targeting the needs of those in communities hardest hit
by the unprecedented disaster.

Since the flood crisis began, the Alliance has met daily to co-ordinate its response across
communities that are still coming to grips with the flood’s financial and psychological impacts.

To meet the expected surge in demand for mental health support, the Alliance has this week launched
a unique support service called “NQ Connect”, a free phone and online service providing a single
point of access to different local mental health support services across rural and remote
Queensland.

The Alliance says one of the keys to delivering sustainable, appropriate health care is building relationships with established, local community networks.

The full media release can be found here.

To access contact NQ Connect call 1300 059 625 or www.nqconnect.com.au

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