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Public health care boost for Southside families

19 October 2017

Metro South Health today opened a new $10.5 million community health centre in Woolloongabba, which includes the largest dental clinic on the Southside.

Officially opening the new Woolloongabba Community Health Centre today, Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the new facility is equipped to deliver modern health services for local families.

“The Government is investing in community-based healthcare with the opening of this new centre, which will provide a range of public oral health and mental health services,” Ms Trad said.

“The new centre includes 27 dental chairs, dedicated facilities for dental x-rays, a dental sterilisation facility, and reception and patient waiting areas.

“These expanded facilities mean we now have the capacity to deliver an additional 45,000 dental appointments each year for adults and children across Brisbane’s Southside.

“The centre will also help us to better meet the needs of working families—we are offering family dental appointments, meaning several family members can visit the clinic at the same time.

“The Woolloongabba Community Health Centre has also become a base for vital addiction and mental health services delivered in the community.

“The centre houses mental health clinicians who provide outreach services to homes across the region, and also includes consulting rooms for appointments.

“Patients also have access to more holistic therapies such as exercise and music therapy, nutrition and dietetics—therapies which recognise all aspects of mental health recovery and which can have a real and lasting positive impact on patients.”

Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly said as a nurse he can see the benefits a new, modern facility provides for patients, carers, families and staff.

“The centre is open and spacious, helping to create a pleasant environment for what can sometimes be an uncomfortable and worrying experience for patients,” Mr Kelly said.

“It also has excellent public transport linkages, with the nearest bus and train stations only a minute’s walk away, and it’s located just around the corner from cafes and shops at Stones Corner.

“This project reinforces the Government’s commitment to maintaining health services in the local community and provides a significant boost to local health services that are safe, effective and accessible.”

The Woolloongabba Community Health Centre is located at 228 Logan Road, Woolloongabba.

Eligible patients can access free, public oral health services by phoning 1300 300 850 or addiction and mental health services by phoning 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 22 55). Eligibility criteria apply for public oral health services.

Find out more at metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/Woolloongabba

Pictured: Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly, Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Hon Jackie Trad, Senior Dental Prosthetist Ms Neda Nikolovski with Fatme Ali Issa and her three children Reham, Kaled and Nour

Last updated 19 October 2017
Last reviewed 19 October 2017

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