First Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Service COVID-19 respiratory clinic in Australia opens in Queensland

The first Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) GP-led respiratory clinic established as part of the Australian Government’s $2.4 billion health package to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak has opened in Caboolture, Queensland.

Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said, “This respiratory clinic and many more like it will provide a comprehensive level of care responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and will reduce the risk of further infection.”

“The Australian Government has committed to establishing up to 100 GP-led respiratory clinics around the country to assess patients with mild to moderate COVID-19-like symptoms,” Minister Hunt said.

“These clinics will help to reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments and other general practices.”

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP said the Caboolture Indigenous Respiratory Clinic has the capacity to conduct up to 100 tests per day.

“This fully federally funded clinic will be run by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) adjacent to its existing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Caboolture,” Mr Young said.

“I am pleased that Caboolture will be home to the first Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) GP-led respiratory clinic in the country.

“This clinic will go a long way to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people/s in the community, of which there is 24,000 living in the Moreton Bay Region, have access to respiratory assessment services under the Morrison Government’s COVID-19 response.

“This is more great news for the Longman electorate, especially as only last month the Morrison Government provided extra funding to the Health Hub Doctors Morayfield to increase their testing capacity for the coronavirus to up to 350 – 400 people per day.

“I am also urging the community of Longman to join the fight and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We cannot let our efforts be in vain and we cannot gamble with the lives and livelihoods of millions of Australians. Let's work together, act on the advice of health professionals, adhere to the protocols and continue to flatten the curve.

“Let's be part of the solution, not part of the problem!”

The Australian Government is working with local GPs and Aspen Medical, which has significant health emergency management experience in Australia and overseas, to roll out the clinics.

Minister Hunt said, “Our Government is investing $206.7 million to establish up to 100 respiratory clinics across Australia, including in rural and regional areas in each state and territory.”

“This is complemented by a further $6.9 million provided to support culturally safe access to COVID-19 care for ACCHS around the country, managed in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).”

More than 160 fever clinics, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and operated by State and Territory governments, are in operation across Australia.

To access a clinic, people can visit http://www.health.gov.au for further information.

COVID-19 issues - https://www.australia.gov.au/

Health issues - https://www.health.gov.au/

Financial matters - https://treasury.gov.au/

Coronavirus Australia App - https://www.health.gov.au/…/apps-…/coronavirus-australia-app - You can download the Coronavirus Australia App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

WhatsApp - http://www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp - You can download the app onto your computer and your phone.

If you have any questions please email me at Terry.Young.MP@aph.gov.au or call the office on 5432 3177. For record keeping purposes, only queries sent to my email will be answered. Questions via social media won’t be answered.

#staystrong #staysafe #staypositive #fixingitsoyougetago

COVID-19 issues - https://www.australia.gov.au/

Health issues - https://www.health.gov.au/

Financial matters - https://treasury.gov.au/

Coronavirus Australia App - https://www.health.gov.au/…/apps-…/coronavirus-australia-app - You can download the Coronavirus Australia App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

WhatsApp - http://www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp - You can download the app onto your computer and your phone.

If you have any questions please email me at Terry.Young.MP@aph.gov.au or call the office on 5432 3177. For record keeping purposes, only queries sent to my email will be answered. Questions via social media won’t be answered.

#staystrong #staysafe #staypositive #fixingitsoyougetago 

COVID-19 issues - https://www.australia.gov.au/

Health issues - https://www.health.gov.au/

Financial matters - https://treasury.gov.au/

Coronavirus Australia App - https://www.health.gov.au/…/apps-…/coronavirus-australia-app - You can download the Coronavirus Australia App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

WhatsApp - http://www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp - You can download the app onto your computer and your phone.

If you have any questions please email me at Terry.Young.MP@aph.gov.au or call the office on 5432 3177. For record keeping purposes, only queries sent to my email will be answered. Questions via social media won’t be answered.

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Posted by Terry Young MP - Member for Longman on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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