What public health nutrition services do you want? Community invited to take part in survey

Locals have an opportunity to say what public health nutrition services they wish to have by taking part in a survey being conducted by the Broken Hill Hospital’s Dietetics Department.

Two final year University of Wollongong Dietetic students – Rebecca Levi and Anne Lechner – will be working with Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn to conduct a needs assessment survey to determine what public health nutrition services the Broken Hill community really wants from their Dietitians.

“Over the years many nutrition related projects have been run and multiple services offered to the community with varying success,” said Ms Drenkhahn.

“To improve community involvement and ensure the success of future events, the students are seeking feedback from as many community members as possible.”

Their research will mainly focus on topics such as:

  • What health issues are most important to the community
  • How community members think nutrition plays a role in health
  • What services local Dietitians can provide to assist with nutrition related health issues
  • When and where is the most suitable time and place to hold events

Three public forums are being held for people to provide their feedback:

  • Friday 6, February at 11am – Meet at FWLHD hospital Allied Health Department reception.
  • Monday 9, February at 6pm – YWCA hall, a light supper will be provided.
  • Friday 13 February at 11am – Meet at FWLHD hospital Allied Health Department reception.

Rebecca and Anne will also have a stand at the community markets in Sturt Park on Saturday, 14 February. Surveys will also be left at local gyms and supermarkets.

Interviews and focus groups will also be held with key stakeholders in health and community services including the Far West Local Health District, Medicare Local and Maari Ma.

“The results of this community consultation and needs assessment will help guide local Dietitians to ensure services provided are well suited to the community and enable as many locals to receive services as possible,” said Ms Drenkhann.

For more information contact the Hospitals Dietetics Department on 8080 1397.

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