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Carbal leads the way for Indigenous health

Date posted: 4 July 2017

As NAIDOC Week 2017 swings into celebration, Carbal Medical Centre in Warwick (Queensland) is at the front-line, keeping the Indigenous community fighting fit.

'We look after it all here, all health concerns, be they physical, mental, emotional and social,' Mrs Stewart, Clinical Manager, said.

She said the main health concern among Warwick's Indigenous population was chronic disease.

'This is something we see a lot of - diabetes, cancer, respiratory problems and renal failure are the main issues,' she said.

There is a large team of doctors, nurses, allied health and Aboriginal health workers, Indigenous team care co-ordinators, who can assist with support, care and comfort.

There is also a worker whose job is to tackle Indigenous smoking.

Carbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services chief executive officer Brian Hewitt said under the Closing the Gap initiative the Federal Government decided in 2006 the best way to approach Indigenous health was by starting community Indigenous health centres.

'So various Aboriginal Medical Services were developed and Carbal has been hugely successful, so much so we became a company 12 months ago,' Mr Hewitt said.

Source: Warwick Daily News

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Last updated: 19 July 2017
 
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