Tell us about the Kitchen Table Discussion that happened on the West Coast recently?
The kitchen table discussion is one method we’re using to hear from rural Tasmanians along with observation journaling, surveys and a community forum.
In November, with support from the West Coast Council’s Growth and Change team and with Health Consumers Tasmania, we trained six community facilitators at an in-person workshop and four online. The training was to equip participants with the skills to facilitate future health conversation sessions with the community groups they are connected to.
What insights can you share with us about the realities of a community-led approach?
That we need to be flexible, bumps in the road happen and patience and persistence is key. We really need to make the effort to understand what else is happening in communities and that timing is everything.
What’s next for this project?
The community facilitators will host Kitchen Table Discussions with the support of the research team. They’ll meet with their local groups to talk about their health issues and service needs.
From there, information will be collated, interpreted and a report developed with priority health needs, which will be shared with community groups for comment and at a community forum for further input.
The final report will then be presented to the West Coast community and other stakeholders including the West Coast Council, Department of Health and Primary Health Tasmania.