CQ RAICCHO, the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (HHS) and Medicare Local Central Queensland (MLCQ) have agreed to discuss more efficient coordination of health services for the Aboriginal Community of Woorabinda.
Justin Saunders, CQ RAICCHO General Manager, said that 17th June 2014 had been set aside for a joint Planning Workshop. He praised the willingness of the Executive Director, Rural Health Services of the HHS, Rodney Hutcheons, and the Chief Executive Officer of MLCQ, Jean McRuvie, to discuss integrating health services.
“CQ RAICCHO has now conducted 9 Mobile Health Service visits to Woorabinda since we launched our Chronic Disease Strategy on 9th April”, he said.
“The Community has responded positively. Our Mobile Health Clinic, fitted out and funded by QGC, in seven weeks has completed 120 MBS Item 715 Health Checks, provided by our GP, Nurse and Aboriginal Health Worker whose sessions are funded through CheckUp”, Mr Saunders added.
Mr Saunders said that CQ RAICCHO had amply demonstrated its commitment to the Woorabinda Chronic Disease Strategy and was keen to integrate the Strategy into a broader model of health service delivery.
The CQ Hospital and Health Service oversights the Multi-Purpose Health Centre located in Woorabinda. CQ Medicare Local coordinated allied health services for Woorabinda residents. CQ RAICCHO collaborates with the Aboriginal Medical Services in Rockhampton – Bidgerdii – and in Gladstone – Nhulundu Wooribah – to deliver chronic disease services and health education programs.
“It makes sense to look at what each of us can contribute, to involve other valuable providers such as Red Cross and the PCYC, and to engage with the elected Woorabinda Council to work out how each of us can best contribute to a more effective health journey for Aboriginal clients and deliver improved health outcomes”, Mr Saunders said.