Minister Cameron Dick and Stirling Hinchliffe discuss the future of Eventide with residents
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick and Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, have assured community members there will be a future for residential aged-care at Brighton’s Eventide at a meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
Stakeholders attending the meeting included residents, family members of current and former Eventide residents, volunteers and health care workers affected by the LNP's service cuts during the previous government's term in office.
Representatives from the Metro North Hospital and Health Service also attended.
The meeting was the first step in honouring Labor's commitment to deliver long-term residential care at the Brighton Health Campus, previously named Eventide.
Several residents voiced their support for changing the facility's name back to Eventide as recognition of its history and value to the community.
Holly Holden, representative for the Save Eventide Group, said this was a priority.
"It is important for the name of the facility to be changed back to Eventide. This name has such significance for the community and represented the care delivered to all residents," Ms Holden said.
She said the meeting was the initial consultation in a long process to strengthen the facility.
Mr Hinchliffe said the Labor Government was committed to reversing the lack of consultation that defined the previous government's handling of aged care.
"This is the first step of genuine consultation and engagement," Mr Hinchliffe told the meeting.
"This is a chance to hear from you and ventilate some of the pain of the last few years."
In January, Mr Hinchliffe had announced Labor's policy focussed on the importance of maintaining a dialogue with the stakeholders when making decisions affecting residents' futures.
"Labor will engage with and work alongside Eventide residents, their families, staff, volunteers and the neighbouring community to determine the details of future residential care," he said.
Mr Hinchliffe emphasised to the meeting the importance of community consultation to enable the facility to move forward, despite the hardship experienced from previous years of funding cuts.
"We must take this opportunity to look forward and develop a shared vision for the site and its role in providing the care our community - but especially our elderly - need," he said.
Health Minister Cameron Dick committed the Government to engaging with residents, families, patients, staff and the community on future planning on the site.
"Any actions we take at this site will be done in consultation with staff, residents, patients and the broader community," Mr Dick said.
"I have an open mind on the mix of services that should be provided here, but any solution will need to consider the best use of limited financial resources."
Mr Dick said the Labor Government's approach moving forward would not impose changes on the facility from the Executive level.
"Our Government will not be imposing solutions on this community, in stark contrast to the LNP who ignored the people of Sandgate.
"I look forward to working with Stirling and the local community to deliver the best plan for this site," he said.
Wayne Swan, who as the Federal member was involved in the Save Eventide Campaign, supported the beginning of a new process of consultation.
"I'm pleased that Stirling Hinchliffe and Cameron Dick have given a high priority to cleaning up and fixing the disastrous cuts inflicted on the Eventide community.
"I look forward to working with them to make Eventide a better place."