New Mobile Clinic Receives Support from the Australian Government

The Federal Assistant Minister for Health was in Broken Hill recently and had the opportunity to inspect a new way of delivering health services to local Aboriginal people.

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20 October 2014

The Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, was in Broken Hill recently and had the opportunity to inspect a new way of delivering health services to local Aboriginal people - a mobile clinic run by the Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation with funding from the Australian Government of $200,000.

Senator Nash is pictured with the health service's Justin Files who proudly displayed their purpose built mobile clinic incorporating a private consulting area and all the requirements to conduct health checks close to where people live.

In May this year the van underwent fit out and installation. An advertising campaign was conducted to alert people to when the van would be coming to their town.

"I understand that Maari Ma’s first week using the van was highly successful in achieving improved access for people to health services and more flexible service delivery," Minister Nash said.

"A total of 51 Indigenous people accessed the mobile clinic, 30 of whom would not normally attend the Aboriginal Medical Service. The clinic conducted 42 health checks and made referrals to pathology and imagining services and a number of health issues were detected including four clients with poor liver function, a new case of diabetes, and new case of impaired renal function. Other potential services to be delivered include school screening, interviews and health promotion."

Minister Nash said Maari Ma will provide for the continued upkeep and maintenance of the vehicle and their health services will be sustained by Medicare income generated through conducting adult and child health checks using the mobile clinic.

"This is a great innovation which provides access to otherwise hard-to-access clients by bringing services to the Mission or Mallee or where people are gathering. It encourages people to have health checks and early identification of health issues."

Minister Nash congratulated the Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation on the mobile clinic initiative which offers Indigenous people wider access to health screening and services in a friendly environment.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, 0412 132 585

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