New Primary Health Care Services for South-East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south-east Queensland will have better access to health checks, general practice services, dental health, allied health and follow-up care with the opening of two new clinics in Brisbane.
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19 October 2011
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south-east Queensland will have better access to health checks, general practice services, dental health, allied health and follow-up care with the opening today of two new clinics in Brisbane.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said the Logan primary health care clinic and Mums and Bubs Clinic would significantly expand services for more than 6,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a region facing some social and economic disadvantages.
“The population in the south-east Queensland region served by the clinics is growing rapidly, and the provision of facilities and services has often not kept up with the steady increase in demand for such services,” Mr Snowdon said.
“These clinics are helping the health workforce to expand and meet the increasing need for vital primary health care services in this region, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”
In the first three months of operation, services were provided by three GPs, a registered nurse and an Aboriginal health worker at the Logan Clinic to almost 400 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
The Logan primary health care clinic and the Mums and Bubs clinic have been jointly established by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service, Brisbane.
The IUIH has partnered with the University of Queensland to also operate a dental clinic at the site.
Mr Snowdon also announced new funding of $1.23 million to the IUIH to employ a second team of Tobacco Action and Healthy Lifestyle workers for the Regional Tackling Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Program for south-east Queensland.
The new clinics and the new funding for the Tobacco and Healthy Lifestyle workers will continue the Australian Government’s commitment to closing the gap in health status and life expectancy between Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030.
“The second Healthy Lifestyle team – a regional tobacco coordinator, a tobacco action worker and two new Healthy Lifestyle workers – will run local smoking prevention and quit campaigns,” he said.
“Their work will complement the existing team which is already helping to improve nutrition and physical activity in Indigenous communities in the region.”
For more information, contact Mr Snowdon’s office (02) 6277 7820
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