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CUN­NA­MULLA’S new pri­mary health care cen­tre has opened.

Un­der an agree­ment be­tween the Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion for health, and the two re­gional hos­pi­tal ser­vices, all three or­gan­i­sa­tions will share doc­tors.

They will do this through the newly-es­tab­lished Cun­na­mulla pri­mary health care cen­tre, which or­gan­is­ers say will pro­vide seam­less med­i­cal and gen­eral prac­tice ser­vices across the south west area.

This new med­i­cal model will also be sup­ported dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod by the Queens­land coun­try prac­tice, who will help to in­te­grate the med­i­cal ser­vice and im­prove ac­cess to gen­eral prac­tice ser­vices and co-or­di­nated chronic dis­ease man­age­ment in Cun­na­mulla.

Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion for health CEO Kerry Crum­blin said she was mo­ti­vated by watch­ing the health of com­mu­nity mem­bers de­te­ri­o­rate.

“I am tired of watch­ing our old peo­ple get sick and not get bet­ter, of watch­ing our young peo­ple get sick when they should be fit and healthy,” she said.

“I am driven to im­prove health out­comes in our town and I would like to ask ev­ery­body to make our doc­tors feel welcome”.

South west HHS board chair Lind­say God­frey said the health ser­vice was ded­i­cated first and fore­most to pa­tients.

He ar­gued that the agree­ment was de­signed specif­i­cally to im­prove health out­comes for the Cun­na­mulla com­mu­nity.

“A lot of the health prob­lems in Cun­na­mulla are pre­ventable and this agree­ment is about im­prov­ing pri­mary health care and ad­dress­ing com­plex health is­sues’’ he said.

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