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Healthy start to better support services

WATERLOO: Over 100 health practitioners, health administrators, tenants and representatives of agencies with an interest in the future of Waterloo, such as Family and Community Services and City of Sydney, met in late September (Wednesday 27th to Thursday 28th) to talk about the current and future health needs of the area.

Residents and health workers who shared their experiences: Billy McPherson, Catherine Skipper, George Long (SLHD Aboriginal link worker), Mila Seredenko, Dianna Jagers, Lil Vrklevski (SLHD psychologist), Dr John Cullen (SLHD geriatric specialist) Photo: Lyn Turnbull
Residents and health workers who shared their experiences: Billy McPherson, Catherine Skipper, George Long (SLHD Aboriginal link worker), Mila Seredenko, Dianna Jagers, Lil Vrklevski (SLHD psychologist), Dr John Cullen (SLHD geriatric specialist) Photo: Lyn Turnbull

The forum heard tenant voices via video and in person talking about their experience of, and aspirations for, a healthy and resilient community. It also heard area health officials talking about their services.

Day Two shifted focus to the proposed redevelopment and future needs. Throughout the event, table activities were held to unpack some of the issues and a dinner on the Thursday night provided an opportunity for people to meet across silos.

The event was a combined initiative of Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), Counterpoint Community Services, Inner Sydney Voice and REDWatch. Attendees included SLHD CEO Teresa Anderson, members of her board and senior staff.

The forum was the first step for SLHD in looking at how it better supports Waterloo tenants, how it brings a health lens to the redevelopment and how SLHD can work with LAHC, FACS and other agencies to provide improved service for people with complex needs who are allocated public housing in Waterloo and other estates.

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