Better access to health services for Guyra residents

New England Medicare Local (previously the New England Division of General Practice) has recently moved into 160 Bradley Street (formerly the Guyra Medical Centre), to consolidate their local services and staff members.  

The New England Medicare Local (NEML) was established to better connect health services across the region from allied health, to primary health care and general practice and ensure people living across our region could access the health services they need in the right time and in the right location.  

Director of Clinical Services for NEML Sally Armitage said that since its inception they have worked hard to improve, not only access for the region’s people to health care services, but to target service needs, improve navigation of the local health system, promote health and well-being around the region, and improve the health outcomes of the people who live in our service area 

“We have worked, and continue to work, to improve integration of services and to provide support to local primary health clinicians, identify service gaps and develop responsive services,” Ms Armitage said.

Sally oversees the delivery of services including mental health, allied health, primary health care nursing, medical specialist outreach programs, memory assessment and dementia support program. Sally will now be based in Guyra three days a week. 

She will be joined by Nellie Blair an Aboriginal Health Worker has been working with the NEML organisation in Guyra since 2007.   

Nellie works closely with the Guyra Medical Centre, and assists with transport and follow-up from appointments, particularly Aboriginal Health Checks and Chronic Disease care. She also works with Gabi-Gabun Children’s Mobile Service to run the weekly Goorialla Aboriginal Playgroup during school terms. 

Eric Briggs is a Psychologist within the clinical services team. NEML has been providing psychology services to Guyra since 2011.  

Eric has previously been delivering services from the MPS and will soon commence delivering services from NEML’s new rooms. 

Peta Waters is an experienced registered nurse and diabetes educator, and has been recently appointed as the Primary Health Care nurse to deliver preventative health education in the smaller communities of the Northern Tablelands.  

Prior to taking on her new role Peta worked as the chronic disease registered nurse with the New England Medicare Local Aboriginal Health services team.  

Ms Armitage said the new premises in Guyra will not only bring Guyra-based NEML staff into a central office, it would  also allow them to utilise the increased space for expansion of primary health care services into the future.  

“This will only result in further benefits for Guyra and surrounding communities,” she said.  

New England Medicare Local staff Nellie Blair, Sally Armitage and Peta Waters were busy this week setting up the new premises

New England Medicare Local staff Nellie Blair, Sally Armitage and Peta Waters were busy this week setting up the new premises