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A new general practitioner (GP) outreach clinic offering services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their families will open at the end of the month at Glen Innes in New South Wales.
The clinic is in response to the expressed need of the local Glen Innes Aboriginal community according to Debbie McCowen, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with Armajun Aboriginal Health Service.
'Armajun is currently seeing over 60 people from Glen Innes in our Inverell clinic and the initiation of the Glen Innes clinic is a direct response to the Glen Innes Aboriginal community requesting this service,' Ms McCowen said.
We have been informed that there are probably over 200 people of Aboriginal descent in Glen Innes and surrounding district that currently have no access to any GP.
The Glen Innes clinic will operate two days a week on Mondays and Fridays with a GP in attendance. Aboriginal Health Workers Pertina Connors and Greg Jerrard will be availalbe to provide cultural support, along with the support of local Glen Innes Aboriginal Health Workers from New England Medicare Local and Hunter New England Local Health District. Armajun is working in partnership with these organisations and the Glen Innes Local Aboriginal Lands Council and Glen Innes Severn Council to provide this service.