Queensland Gas Corporation (QGC) has funded the state-wide peak body, the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council Ltd (QAIHC) to purchase, fit-out and operate a Mobile Health Clinic to service rural and regional communities in the Surat Basin, North Burnett, and the Central Highlands.
As of 17th March 2014, CQ RAICCHO has taken over operational management of the Van.
The Van is based at Nhulundu Wooribah in Gladstone and, apart from servicing Calliope and the growing southern suburbs, the Van visits:
Surat Basin: Biloela and Theodore
North Burnett: Gayndah, Mundubberah, Monto, Eidsvold
Central Highlands: Woorabinda; Blackwater/Bluff/Dingo; Emerald
The Mobile Health Clinic is staffed by:
- 1 x Driver.
- 1 x General Practitioner
- 1 x Registered Nurse
- 1 x Aboriginal Health Worker
The visits to regional towns and rural centres usually coincide with Community Days or School Visits by the regional Deadly Choices Team. By integrating these two programs, CQ RAICCHO and the Member Services are able to combine chronic disease health services with health promotion activities such as Good Quick Tukka, Traditional Games, and Smoking Cessation.
The Indigenous Mobile Health Solutions Project aims to increase the provision of preventative and primary health care services to Indigenous communities in Central Queensland through the establishment of a mobile clinic and a social marketing program.
The main component of the Project is the establishment of a mobile health clinic to service the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Central Queensland who are currently without regular access to health services.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons living in rural and remote areas encounter a range of barriers and obstacles affecting access to primary health care.
Isolation usually involves problems around distance and transport, cost and affordability.
A lack of ongoing General Practice and/or allied health presence in these areas, coupled with varied specialist-visiting arrangements, culminate in unstable and inconsistent health care environments which often result in a lack of screening and disease management and increased episodes of emergency care.