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Date posted: 6 November 2013
Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) opened their new purpose-built health centre on Orange Avenue in Mildura yesterday.
The new complex in Orange Avenue is the first purpose-built health service in the 30-year history of MDAS and has been funded by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). The complex now doubles the size of the existing health centre and is designed to relieve pressure on the growing staff and client base, with a growing Koori population and more people seeking treatment.
MDAS delivers more than 50 programs and employs over 150 staff, 52% of whom are Aboriginal. The staff includes Aboriginal health workers and nurses, a midwife and maternal health workers as well as professionals in mental health, drug and alcohol support, counsellors and family services staff.
Chief executive Rudolph Kirby says its doctors are booked out three or four days in advance. 'There's always a growing area in the health spectrum which is sad to say but I think for the health service what we're trying to do is trying to do a lot of things upstream - that is a lot of good health promotion and early awareness around good eating and being fit and active.'
'This new facility ticks all the boxes. It is a state-of-the-art medical facility that is entirely professional, but has a feel that Koori people are comfortable with,' said Mr Kirby.
Source: Mallee District Aboriginal Services, ABC News