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New nurse-led clinics making healthcare accessible for QLD women and girls

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Responding to calls for more accessible and tailored healthcare, the Miles Government is set to establish four new nurse-led clinics across Queensland.

These clinics aim to address barriers like financial constraints and transportation challenges that often prevent women and girls from accessing the healthcare they need.

Open from 8 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, will provide extended hours to accommodate busy schedules. They will operate on a walk-in basis, requiring no booking or referral, and will be strategically located in easily accessible areas such as shopping centres, with nearby public transport and parking options.

While designed with women and girls in mind, these clinics will welcome anyone over the age of one, offering free nurse practitioner-level care regardless of Medicare status.

Services at the clinics will cover a wide range of health needs, including treatment for colds, flus, minor injuries, infections and wounds. Additionally, they will offer specialised care for women, such as contraception, maternal health, sexual health screenings and support for issues like menstruation and menopause. The clinics will also provide assistance and referrals for those experiencing domestic, family, or sexual violence.

It’s important to note that the clinics will complement existing general practitioner services, recognising the value of maintaining strong patient-doctor relationships. If patients present with needs beyond the clinic’s scope, they will be directed to appropriate levels of care.

Locations for these clinics will be identified based on community needs, ensuring that areas with limited access to healthcare are prioritised.

Premier Steven Miles emphasised the government’s commitment to meeting the healthcare needs outlined in the Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy 2032. “These are the types of community healthcare facilities I will continue to champion – joining our nation-leading Satellite Hospitals and the Albanese Government’s Urgent Care Clinics in providing better care closer to home,” he stated.

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