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Apunipima provides a range of primary health care services including Health Workers, Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health services that support family health, chronic disease care and healthy lifestyles. These link with community based services such as health promotion and community engagement activities. Apunipima also offers social and emotional wellbeing services.  

Apunipima Wellbeing Centres

We offer a range of services at our Wellbeing Centres including counselling, therapy, support, advocacy, referrals to other services, and programs & information sessions.

Social Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) is a concept of health that involves connection to land or ‘country’, culture, spirituality, ancestry, family and community but also includes mental health. Our SEWB Strategy will guide the design of local community participation and infrastructure, employment and capacity building through its community-led and community controlled model of care.

Healthy Lifestyles Aboriginal Health Worker

Apunipima’s Healthy Lifestyles Aboriginal Health Worker visits Aurukun each week, Tuesday -Thursday.  Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, you will often see them out and about in community working with people to tackle smoking, improve nutrition and increase their physical activity either in clinic or at their own home.

Apunipima’s health workers are the core of our community health service. Health workers organise and conduct adult health checks and follow ups and undertake health promotion and other activities designed to support a healthy community.

If you would like to talk to our Health Worker about your lifestyle then all you need to do is pop in to the clinic when they are visiting.  Alternatively let someone know you would like to see them and they will visit you.

Doctor

Apunipima’s doctor for Aurukun specialises in chronic diseases and visits Aurukun every week. Services are available Monday - Thursday. 

The doctor is based in the Queensland Health Clinic and can help you with all your medical needs.  You don’t need an appointment – just turn up on the days the doctor is in community. You may be invited to see the doctor if a follow up is needed.

Dietitian

Apunipima’s Dietitian visits Aurukun once a fortnight. Services are available from Tuesday - Thursday. Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic they work with you and your family to promote good nutrition. 

They can work with you on a one to one basis to look at your nutrition status and to address identified nutrition related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain and obesity.

Our Dietitians also work with children if they are having any nutrition concerns such as slow growth weight anomalies, iron deficiency and anaemia.

If you are pregnant they will work with you address identified nutrition related conditions such as anaemia and diabetes and how you can tackle that now you are ‘eating for two’.

If you need to see the Dietitian you will normally be referred by the doctor for your first visit.  Any other visits after that will be arranged with the Dietitian.

Podiatrist (Foot doctor)

Apunipima’s Podiatrist visits Aurukun once a fortnight.  Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, they focus on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

The Podiatrist will help you to keep your feet healthy.

If you have any of the following conditions they will be able to help you: 

  • Diabetes;
  • Corns and calluses;   
  • Hard toenails;
  • Cracked heel;            
  • Fungus (Itchiness, redness, and cracking of the skin);
  • Blisters;
  • Ingrown toenail;
  • Warts on your feet;
  • Pain in your feet;
  • Injuries such as a broken or twisted ankle;
  • Splinters in your feet;

Podiatrists will also advise on the best kind of shoes to wear to keep your feet healthy.

Although based in the clinic, the Podiatrist works from a number of venues across the community including the Wellbeing Centre. 

You will normally be referred to the Podiatrist by the doctor for your first visit.  Any other visits after that will be arranged with the Podiatrist.

Diabetes Educator

Apunipima’s Diabetes Educator visits Aurukun once a fortnight for three days between Tuesday and Thursday. Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, they work with people who have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes.

They offer one to one and group education to people at risk of developing diabetes, people with diabetes or gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy) and their families.

Our Diabetes Educators actively promote and undertake diabetes screening for people who are at risk and once identified, set up care plans to help prevent the onset of full diabetes.

Apunipima’s Diabetes Educator’s will also work with you as a diabetic to start to use insulin or help you manage your use if you are already using it.

You will normally be referred to the Diabetes Educator by the doctor for your first visit.  Any other visits after that will be arranged with the Diabetes Educator.

Audiologist (Ear Doctor)

Apunipima’s Audiologist visits Aurukun. Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, they work with people who have hearing problems or ear disease.

Apunipima’s audiologist or ear doctor is responsible for taking care of your ears.  They generally work in schools undertaking ear health screening for early detection of and intervention in ear disease and hearing loss but will also see people in the clinic who need ear assessment and rehabilitation for the ongoing management of ear disease.

You will normally be referred to the Audiologist by the doctor for your first visit.  Any other visits after that will be arranged with the Audiologist.

Maternal and Child Health Nurse/Midwife

Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Nurses visits Aurukun every week between Monday and Thursday.   The Maternal and Child Health Nurse/midwife mainly works with mums and their families during the ante natal and post natal period providing education, midwifery support and care before and after delivery.

Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic in community, you can see the Maternal and Child Health Nurse by coming to the clinic or requesting a home visit.

Other Services

Apunipima also runs regular Men’s Health and Health Promotion activities within the community.  

To find out what services are visiting Aurukun please check out our posters in your community.

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Tackling Diabetes

Got Suga is an interactive theatre program designed to help people manage Type 2 Diabetes

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What’s your blood pressure?

Adult health checks measure health benchmarks and are a key way of managing health on Cape York