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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.

Community Health Workers

Apunipima has two Community Health Workers based in Hopevale. One focuses on healthy lifestyles and the management of chronic disease and the other focuses on maternal and child health.

Apunipima’s Chronic Disease Health Worker is based in Hopevale and works 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 and you will see them heavily involved in organising and undertaking adult health checks, doing follow ups, health promotion and other activities designed to support a healthy community.

Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Worker is based in Hopevale and can often be seen out and about in community. They provide maternal and child health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait women, their partner and families during the antenatal, post-natal and parenting period.

This includes working with women and their families to make healthy lifestyle choices and reduce risk behaviours during pregnancy and parenting; working with local service providers to support playgroups, education and parenting support services and conducting routine child health and developmental screening through clinic, school or home based service delivery.

Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Workers carry out the majority of their duties during routine home visits which are a key component of their work.

Dietitian

Apunipima’s Dietitian visits Hopevale every fortnight on a Monday and Tuesday. Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic the Dietitian will work with you and your family to promote good nutrition.

The Dietitian will 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 to address 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.

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.

Diabetes Educator

Apunipima’s Diabetes Educator visits Hopevale every fortnight on a Monday and Tuesday. 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.

Maternal and Child Health Nurse / Midwife

Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Nurse / Midwife is available each week from Monday to Friday. The Maternal and Child Health Nurse undertakes child health screening, childhood immunisations, community education and health promotion programs and delivery of culturally sensitive parenting support and programs.

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.

Podiatrist (Foot doctor)

Apunipima’s Podiatrist visits Hopevale every fortnight on a Monday and Tuesday. 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 you 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.

Health Promotion

An Apunipima Health Promotion Officer visits Hopevale on an as needs basis. The Health Promotion Officer is involved in planning and delivering a whole range of activities within the community including:

  • Tackling smoking
  • Safe drinking
  • Sexual health
  • Physical activity
  • Good nutrition

The Health Promotion Officer works with the women’s, men’s and other community groups to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices and programs.

If you would like to arrange a health promotion activity in community or talk to the Health Promotion Office please contact Apunipima on 07 4037 7169.

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Baby Baskets

Apunipima’s Baby Basket program provides pregnant and new mums with basics for themselves and their new baby