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Date posted: 27 August 2013
QGC Pty Ltd, in partnership with Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), has provided $475,000 to fit-out a mobile health clinic in Gladstone, and fund the first two years of clinical services by doctors, nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
Premier Campbell Newman and Health Minister Lawrence Springborg unveiled the mobile health clinic in Gladstone.
Mr Newman said the purpose-built mobile facility would target the needs of Indigenous Queenslanders with the support and backing of corporate and health service partners. 'There is a real need to address indigenous health issues and the best way to do that is to make health professionals mobile and take them to needy communities,' Mr Newman said.
The health clinic will be staffed by QAIHC, the peak body for indigenous health in Central Queensland and Wide Bay. Selwyn Button, CEO, QAIHC has welcomed the launch of the mobile health clinic, and praised the involvement of QGC. 'The availability of a mobile medical clinic will go a long way to addressing the health needs of indigenous people who encounter a range of barriers and obstacles affecting access to primary health care, allied health and other specialist services.'
Source Queensland Government, NACCHO communique