Health professionals gather virtually to discuss local Coronavirus response

Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh with Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler launching the Lindsay Healthy Active Living Network last year.
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Members of the Lindsay Healthy Active Living Network virtually put their heads together last week to discuss the local response to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The network, launched by Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh last August, is made up of local health professionals and organisations who aim to come together and suggest methods of approach to tackle issues affecting the region.

Ms McIntosh convened the teleconference with the health stakeholders to discuss the current approach and put more ideas forward regarding the local Coronavirus response.

“We had a great turnout of community organisation representatives and health stakeholders,” Ms McIntosh said.

“There are a few local issues that were raised and subsequently I have taken these directly to the relevant Government Ministers to address as soon as possible.”

Ms McIntosh said education, essential service workers and the community’s most vulnerable were at the forefront of the discussion.

“We discussed supporting our local students who are studying from home, securing additional support for our front line services that help our most vulnerable, and finding new ways to stay connected with our community under these unique circumstances,” she said.

“I have also written to local schools asking them if they need any assistance or additional resources. I want to make sure our local children have the best education possible during this time.”

Ms McIntosh said the health of the community was the top priority of the network and thanked frontline staff, doctors and nurses for their sacrifice in looking after the community.

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