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Manitoba Health is asking for the public’s input on how best to communicate within the province’s five new regional health authorities.


The former Central and South Eastman regions were combined to form the Southern region earlier this year.


Jean Cox , assistant deputy minister for regional programs and services, said a network of local health improvement groups will be set up within each regional authority. Each group’s purpose is to explore and provide advice to the board of the regional authority on issues impacting the delivery of local health services within their community. The groups replace the former district health advisory councils.


"We want to build a new model and solicit input from local communities," Cox said, adding people who aren’t health care professionals will be welcome to participate in the groups.


Public meetings were held within each region, according to Cox, and advertised through local media, in flyers and on the Manitoba Health and regional authorities’ websites.


A letter was sent to the RM of Macdonald councillors asking them to pass on information about the meetings.


However, Macdonald Services to Seniors resource co-ordinator Leanne Wilson said she received no information about the meetings within the Southern region.


An online survey is being conducted until the end of January so people to send in their comments. The survey can be found at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/rha/docs/lhig_survey.pdf and can be completed and sent in online, by mail, fax or email to RHAmergers@gov.mb.ca.

The mailing address is:
Manitoba Health
2nd floor, 300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9
Attention: L. Kurinska
Fax: (204) 948-2366


Cox said individuals can contact their respective regional health authorities or Manitoba Health directly by calling toll-free 1-855-260-8250.  


"We are able to do a better job of delivering health care within communities when people come forward," she said.


After the survey period ends and comments are reviewed, Manitoba Health and the regional authorities will provide advice to the government on the structure and function of the local health improvement group model and how many groups will be set up.


Cox is hoping that this will be done by early spring.

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