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October 2014

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Tallangatta Health Service staff and board members meet with Mitta Mitta community representatives.

Health service board takes power to the people

The Tallangatta Health Service board of management recently travelled to the outer reaches of its southern boundary to the picturesque township of Mitta Mitta.

The visit was part of the board’s commitment to engaging the communities of the whole catchment area it services and to equity of access for rural community members – a key priority of the Victorian Government. 

The catchment comprises roughly an 80 kilometres radius from the township of Tallangatta, which is located on the foreshore of Lake Hume about 40 kilometres from Wodonga. 

The population of about 3,500 people is located within the township of Tallangatta as well as in the Tallangatta and Mitta valleys and small farming communities such as Eskdale, Mitta Mitta and Dartmouth.

The Tallangatta board began holding open board meetings three years ago with the first being held in the local bakery.

This provided a great opportunity to hear the community’s views. 

Upon reflection, during its strategic planning session, the board decided to hear the voices of the youth of the community.

The next open board meeting was held at the local secondary college with student representatives of each year group speaking their thoughts about the health service and youth health issues.

The Mitta Mitta open board meeting was held in the friendly and relaxed setting of the Mitta Pub, where several community members shared their thoughts and ideas.

The board members and executive team were extremely appreciative of the community members taking the time to share their thoughts and ideas about the health service. 

‘This information will inform the Board in future strategic and service planning,’ said board chair Andrew Brown.

‘We also gained some very practical tips on effective local communication channels that we can use immediately,’