CEO of Yulu-Burri-Ba Medical Centre, Jan Lember, says the medical service aims to provide a safe, friendly, confidential and culturally appropriate primary health care service that recognizes community control and local participation.
Some of the services on the island include a GP Clinic, a Health Promotions Team, a Clinical Team, and a Social-Emotional Well-Being Team.
“The health promotions team has a diabetes worker, a women’s health worker, a nutrition promotions worker and a youth worker, who goes into schools to deliver health education,” Jan says.
“We have a counsellor attached to the Social-Emotional Team and a Men’s Shed over here, which that team helps run. We also have specialists coming in and allied health workers such as dieticians, diabetes educators, a respiratory nurse and podiatrists.”
Other services available include home visits, check-ups, pap smears, pregnancy tests, heart checks, counselling, vaccinations, minor surgery, stitching cuts, removal of moles and sunspots, liquid nitrogen freezing therapy for sun spots and warts, nutritional advice, blood tests for pathology and general medicals.
Recently the service also began operating an outreach service on the mainland in the bay side area at Capalaba.
“At Capalaba there is a GP clinic that only opened last November. We realised there was a big gap for Indigenous health on the mainland in the bay side area. Over there we have a Mums and Bubs Clinic and an associated nurse as well, and we also have this clinic on the island,” Jan says.
The surgery bulk-bills all patients including Veteran Affairs card holders, but you need to bring your Medicare card with you at all times. For after hours care, please contact the Marie Rose Centre on (07) 3409 9059.
Yulu-Burri-Ba is located at 16 Dickson Way Dunwich, Stradbroke Island.
For more information call (07) 3409 9596 or visit their website at www.ybb.com.au