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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

New wellbeing centre in Cairns helps to close the gap on Indigenous health care access

Date posted: 24 February 2014

The Red Cross has opened a new wellbeing centre in Cairns which provides a home away from home for people from remote parts of Queensland who are receiving medical treatment in Cairns. The new centre, named Pat Gosper Place, provides affordable accommodation in an inclusive, healing and culturally appropriate environment.

At the opening of the centre on 17 February, President of the Australian Red Cross Michael Legge said, 'Most of the guests will be from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, so we have created a building to make them feel truly at home.'

He highlighted that people from rural and remote Australian communities suffer from reduced life expectancy and higher levels of disease and illness, saying that the centre 'will fill a real gap for people who are unable to access the quality and range of medical services that the people in the city take for granted'. 

The new centre was named after Pat Gosper OAM who first joined the Red Cross in 1945 and was instrumental in setting up the local blood service, disaster service, Red Cross shop and emergency medical accommodation.

Source: Australian Red Cross


Deborah Stoffell
Wellbeing Centre Coordinator
Cairns Wellbeing Centre - Pat Gosper Place
Corner Lake and Grove Streets
Cairns Qld 4053
Ph: (07) 4047 6100


Last updated: 24 February 2014
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