ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander people suffering from chronic disease in the Goondiwindi region will have greater access to support to better manage their condition after the establishment of a regular outreach clinic at the Goondiwindi hospital each fortnight.
The clinic will be attended by Jennie Waters who has been based in St George for many years and works as a Chronic Disease Care Coordinator.
Darling Downs South West Queensland (DDSWQ) Medicare Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Manager Liz Davis said Jennie was a great asset to the region and came with a wealth of local knowledge and experience.
“DDSWQ Medicare Local, is keen to work with local GPs to improve the coordination of care for patients with complex health needs, has established the fortnightly clinics in Goondiwindi,” Liz said.
“Jennie will be visiting Goondiwindi on the second and fourth Tuesday of each fortnight, and will work with Aboriginal health officers and the local community to help connect people referred to her with health services they need,” she said.
“Her first task has been getting to know people in the community and build relationships.
“The Goondiwindi Regional Council area has 517 Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people living in the area.
“The New England Medicare Local has now moved to also establish an office in Goondiwindi in early 2014 to better support the large number of Aboriginal people living in Boggabilla and Toomelah.
“By helping the people diagnosed with a chronic disease to attend appointments and access the care and medication they require, Jennie will contribute to improving the overall health of the community.
“People living in Goondiwindi should talk to their doctor about being referred to Jennie to enable her to help them better manage their health.”