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Gurriny Yealamucka primary health care service in Yarrbah, the states largest Indigenous town outside of Cairns has being handed control of primary health in the community by the Queensland government.
The Queensland government's Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg, handed over control to the community in late July in a move that is a first for Queensland.
'This will be the first time in Queensland, indeed in Australia, where there's been a significant transition of state-controlled primary healthcare services to an Indigenous-controlled community health organisation and there's a lot of research around that says, particularly with Indigenous communities, if you can empower them, if you can give them the control, you get far better outcomes with the health services that are provided,' Mr Springborg said.
Source: SBS news