Hundreds of people attended a community information expo for aged care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) today.
The expo, organised by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) in conjunction with the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (DDWMPHN), was held at HumeRidge Church of Christ, Toowoomba, and featured information booths, NDIS and aged care displays and health and wellness stalls.
DDHHS consumer and community engagement officer Donna Lucas said the expo provided an opportunity for the community to access a vast array of information supporting healthy lifestyles.
"We had 66 exhibitors in attendance, giving people the opportunity to connect with local NDIS service providers, aged care service providers and health and wellbeing suppliers," Ms Lucas said.
"The expo provided access to the latest information and the opportunity to explore and connect with care choices, all under the one roof, helping people to find the most suitable options for their particular circumstances," she said.
"We had a lot of great feedback from attendees saying the event was very helpful and well organised and they hope to attend the event again next year."
Exhibitors were from government, government-funded and private sectors, and included the local area co-ordinator for NDIS, AusCare, St Vincent’s Care Services, Mercy Community Services, Toowoomba Transport Services, BlueCare, Big Dog Support Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia Australia, Carers Queensland, Lifetec, Right at Home, Anglicare, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific health organisations.
An opening ceremony featured guest speakers Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki, Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio, and DDWMPHN Chief Executive Officer Merrilyn Strohfeldt.
The expo was officially opened by Darling Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Mr Mike Horan AM.