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The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.
The Report is a compilation of primary health care data collected from a number of QAIHC clinics across Queensland from 2009 to 2013. It shows that QAIHC member services are providing regular care to around 70,000 patients across Queensland, close to 45% of the Queensland Indigenous population, a substantial number considering QAIHC member clinics are not located in all parts of the state. Additionally, over 20% of the Queensland Indigenous population passed through the doors of QAIHC member services and clinics in the past six months alone.
Selwyn Button, CEO, QAIHC has welcomed the Report and the timeliness of its release. 'QAIHC member clinics are the largest provider of primary health care services to Indigenous people across Queensland,' Mr Button said. 'The Report is evidence that QAIHC's services are integral in providing a much needed and significant contribution to improving the health of Indigenous Queenslanders.'
The Report highlights that the fundamental principles of local community governance and autonomy in decision-making can make a significant difference to Indigenous health and well-being. 'It is a reminder to us all that short term solutions simply are not the answer, and we require ongoing quality care to make a difference. Our Indigenous health clinics are up for the task and these numbers clearly show this fact.'
To view the full report please refer to the links below.
Source: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
QAIHC West End
21 Buchanan St
West End Qld
PO Box 3205
South Brisbane Qld
P: (07) 3328 8500
Unit 2, 278 Charters Towers Road
Hermit Park Qld 4812
PO Box 1037
Townsville Qld 4810
Ph: (07) 4755 2522
186 McCoombe St
(c/o Apunipima Cape York Health Council)
Bungalow Qld 4870
PO Box 12039
Cairns Delivery Centre QLD 4870
Ph: (07) 4081 5600