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Mobile health clinic reaches out to underserviced Indigenous communities

Date posted: 25 February 2013

A new Indigenous Health Mobile Training Unit has just been launched by the University of Queensland (UQ). The unit, which is decorated in artwork by local Indigenous artist Kim Walmsley, will service Indigenous communities surrounding Toowoomba in Queensland.

The 10-metre long caravan is equipped with a general practitioner (GP) room, a registered nurse room, a small kitchenette, and has a waiting area with a TV.

UQ School of Medicine's Indigenous Health Director, Dr Maree Toombs, said the clinic would train UQ medical students in Indigenous health and provide a medical outreach clinic for Indigenous communities. The colourful Indigenous design aims to encourage attendance and treatment access by community members.

'The clinic will focus on providing culturally safe, primary health care with a holistic approach to early detection and prevention', Dr Toombs said. 'One goal is to improve chronic disease management by addressing barriers to accessing primary health care from Indigenous communities.'

'While our principal aim is to assess, evaluate and provide on-going primary care for local patients, as well as educate Indigenous families in healthy lifestyle choices, we have a secondary aim to collect primary health care service delivery data', she said.

A GP, registered nurse, and primary health workers will staff the clinic in conjunction with local Aboriginal Medical Service provider Carbal Medical Services.

This project was awarded $331,000 from Health Workforce Australia as an Australian Government initiative to increase the number of UQ's clinical training placements in the area of Indigenous health and to expand the clinical training capacity of Australia's health system.

Source: The University of Queensland, The Chronicle


Kim Besley Scott
Project Officer
School of Medicine Rural Clinical School
University of Queensland
Ph: (07) 4631 1859

Brian Mallon
Communication Officer
School of Medicine
University of Queensland
Ph: (07) 3365 5254
Mobile: 0403 621 109


Last updated: 25 February 2013
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