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Date posted: 19 March 2013
Indigenous residents in the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge are enjoying better access to community health services with the opening of a revamped health clinic at the Murri School. The clinic will serve the school's student body, but will also be available to the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The $517,000 project was over-seen by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and the clinic is being run by one of the Institute's members, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services Brisbane.
The clinic was opened on March 15 by Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Health, where he praised the Institute for establishing a model of care for chronic disease, to support quality services to Indigenous clients through the full spectrum of health care.
'The Institute and its members' services are playing a key role in the Government's efforts to close the gap in Indigenous health disadvantage,' Mr Snowdon said.
The total number of health checks made by Institute members had almost doubled in the last financial year, from 2487 to 4595.
Source: Federal Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Moreton