Here for Gladstone

Here for Community

Here for Health

We are proud of the success we have had in Gladstone by investing in employment and training, childcare and the environment.

Based on research and consultation, the Gladstone community now sees improving the provision of health services as a top priority.

Our Here for Health programme was formed in 2012, gathering Gladstone’s leaders in health services, to identify gaps in service provision.

Since then, the programme has invested significantly in the development of a ‘One Gladstone Health Plan’ which has created a better understanding of community need. The major areas identified in the plan were the need to address the availability/quality of:

  • Primary health care (GPs)
  • In-patient care / hospital services
  • Community care / public health
  • Aged care
  • Health education and promotion
  • Mental health

The Here for Health Committee will continue to progress the focus areas identified in the One Gladstone Health Plan and has already established a Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs subcommittee and appointed a dedicated project officer to tackle this serious issue in the region.

Outcomes of Investment

In 2005, we identified a shortage of midwives in the local community which was impacting on the ability of the hospital to offer local midwifery services.  We offered midwifery scholarships to encourage people to pursue qualifications in midwifery which resulted in several people graduating to take up local midwifery positions. Total investment for midwifery training and qualifications was $142,000

In 2013, The Here for Health Committee invested in the One Gladstone Health Plan (Part One) that undertook statistical analysis of health issues and demand and supply of a variety of health services within Gladstone, with the aim of identifying gaps and investment opportunities in the region. The contribution to the One Gladstone Health Plan was $70,000 and support to facilitate and host the Here for Health Committee has amounted to $180,000 since inception.


Here for Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs

In 2017, the Here for Health Committee identified that mental health, alcohol and other drug support services in the region were under-supplied, under-resourced and fragmented, leading to significant barriers for people getting access to the help they need.

A project officer was appointed to report on service levels, gaps, resourcing and areas of greatest need and challenge.  This information is to be used to develop solutions to these challenges. Updates on this project can be obtained from our news page.