Improved Primary Health Care for South-East Queensland Indigenous Patients

Two new Australian Government-funded clinics in the rapidly growing South-East Queensland region will provide essential primary health care services to Indigenous Australians.

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3 July 2014

Two new Australian Government-funded clinics in the rapidly growing South-East Queensland region will provide essential primary health care services to Indigenous Australians.

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash formally opened the Browns Plains clinic today. Another clinic at Coolangatta will open at the end of this month.

The Australian Government has provided funding of $1.4 million to the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health for the clinics. The Department of Health also provides grant funding of $4.43 million to the Institute to deliver primary health care services in 2014-15 with further funding to be provided for Tackling Smoking activities.

Minister Nash said the two clinics would provide culturally appropriate health services, which would encourage attendance for preventative and chronic disease management care.

Visiting services to the clinic include podiatry, physiotherapy, dietetics, paediatrics and social health services, including psychology and case management. Services soon to begin include optometry, general physician and diabetes education.

The Browns Plains clinic team currently includes GPs, a nurse and Aboriginal health workers. Care at the clinics will be structured around the Institute of Indigenous Urban Health’s Model of Chronic Disease Care, which offers comprehensive, individual patient care, including health checks, care plans and follow-up support from other health providers. There is strong evidence that this model is improving health outcomes in other clinics.

“Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a priority for this Government. Closing the gap to achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is a challenge we share.” Minister Nash said. “And there is nothing more central to this challenge than primary care.”

“The Australian Government is committed to rebuilding primary health care across the nation. A responsive and efficient primary health care system will enable us to continue the momentum on recent gains and create lasting improvements to the health of Indigenous Australians,” Minister Nash said.

Minister's media contact: Carolyn Martin 02 6277 7440 / 0417 966 328.

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