HEALTH TALKS: AMA state president Dr Christian Rowan visits CQ to discuss local issues with medical professionals.
HEALTH TALKS: AMA state president Dr Christian Rowan visits CQ to discuss local issues with medical professionals. Ebony Battersby

Gladstone health needs to step out of Rocky shadow: AMA

IN terms of health resources, Gladstone has been living in the shadow of Rockhampton for too long, Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Christian Rowan says.

Currently touring Central Queensland, Dr Rowan is taking tours of our public and private hospitals.

"Gladstone can not be an outpost of Rockhampton," he said.

"It needs proper planning, proper resourcing and proper infrastructure in place."

Addressing localised issues within the health system in our region, Dr Rowan says Gladstone needs to be recognised as its own autonomous region.

"Gladstone needs recognition as its own discreet, stand-alone community," he said.

"There needs to be significant investment and clinical service planning because of the great increase of people living in this area and increase in economic activity."

Dr Rowan is passionate about providing a transparent health system to Queenslanders and expanding education and training opportunities for health professionals.

The ongoing concerns regarding significant wait times for consultations with health professionals was an issue of which he was aware.

"We believe more needs to be done and can be done to increase doctors in communities like Gladstone and also surrounding areas."