Thursday, November 16, 2023


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A Year Of Progress For O&G Reform At Mackay HHS

A special luncheon was held this past week to mark the completion of 12 months of intensive work to improve our region’s obstetrics and gynaecology services, acknowledging the collaborative efforts of Mackay Hospital and Health Service (HHS) staff and leaders.

Mackay HHS Chief Executive Susan Gannon thanked the members of the Mackay Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Implementation Working Group, who were tasked with ensuring the recommendations of the 2022 investigation into services were adopted.

“All the members of this working group have invested many hours considering recommendations, evaluating procedures and discussing how we can ultimately improve patient safety, because we want every woman’s experience with our health service to be a positive one,” Ms Gannon said.

“As a result of the group’s work over the past 12 months, there have been many changes within the O&G department at Mackay Base Hospital.

“These include increased staffing, improved procedures, more training, greater collaboration between doctors and midwives, and an overall improved culture within the department.”

The Mackay Hospital and Health Board (MHHB) acknowledged the considerable work achieved by the O&G Implementation Working Group at a special lunch.

MHHB deputy chair Kerry Maley said it was a tremendous effort by a small team of people.

“On behalf of all members of the hospital board, I want to acknowledge the great work of the doctors, midwives and HHS leaders as well as our consumer representatives for the work of the past 12 months,” Ms Maley said.

“Our work is not over, but it is fitting to pause and consider how much has been achieved in improving our obstetrics and gynaecology services.”

The Health Service Investigation report released in October 2022 made one hundred and twenty-two recommendations on O&G services.

One hundred and sixteen recommendations have been completed, two are underway and the final four will be achieved as part of the Mackay Hospital Expansion Project, which commences in January next year.

Members of the Mackay Obstetrics and Gynaecology Implementation Working Group

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