The Kombi Clinic Project, developed by Hepatitis Queensland and operated in partnership with Dr Matt Young and Dr Joss O’Loan from Medeco Medical Centre, Inala, will now support more people living with Hepatitis C thanks to a grant provided by Metro South Health (MSH) and Brisbane South PHN (BSPHN).
As a clinic on wheels, the kombi van provides testing, treatment, referrals and education for hard to reach or otherwise disadvantaged members of the community who are at higher risk of contracting Hepatitis C.
Programs Team Leader at Hepatitis Queensland, Samantha White, said the funding boost will directly and immediately improve outcomes for people living with, or at risk of, Hepatitis C.
“The grant will enable Hepatitis Queensland to develop and expand the previously piloted project and extend its reach across the Metro South region,” Ms White said.
“We are thrilled to be awarded the grant and look forward to working with Metro South Health and Brisbane South PHN to improve the health of our community.”
The Boards of Metro South Health and Brisbane South PHN collaborated to establish the Living Healthier Lives Community Grants program to support local initiatives that improve health outcomes for communities in the Brisbane south region.
Metro South Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Ayre said the grants aim to build partnerships with community organisations and foster a shared goal of improving the health and wellbeing of the community.
“The Kombi Clinic Project has already demonstrated that bringing healthcare into the community can increase uptake and improve health outcomes.
“By investing in the expansion of the service, we look forward to seeing fewer cases and better management of Hepatitis C,” he said.
The Kombi Clinic currently visits Cleveland, Logan and Inala and will be expanded to new sites in the Brisbane South area.
PICTURED: Brisbane South PHN Board Chair, Dr Ian Williams, Samantha White and Michelle Kudell from Hepatitis Queensland and Metro South Health Board Director, Helen Darch.