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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.

Maternal and Child Health Worker

Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Workers visit Kowanyama every week between Monday and Thursday. They 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. If you would like to see the Maternal and Child Health Worker you should contact the clinic and they will come and see you.

Dietitian

Apunipima’s Dietitian visits Kowanyama on the second and fourth weeks of the month (week two - Monday – Thursday; week four 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 to address 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.

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 Kowanyama once a month on a Monday and Tuesday. Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, the Podiatrist focuses on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

The foot doctor’s (Podiatrist’s) look at different conditions of the feet.

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;

Podiatrists will also provide advice 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 by the Podiatrist.

Diabetes Educator

Apunipima’s Diabetes Educator visits Kowanyama on the second and fourth weeks of the months (week two Tuesday – Thursday; week four, Wednesday – 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.

Health Promotion

An ApunipimaHealth Promotion Officer visits Kowanyama on an as needs basis.

Health Promotion Officers deliver community based - healthy lifestyle activities and programs with a focus on:

  • 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 4037 7137.

Doctor

Apunipima provides a locum service to Kowanyama (when available).

Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, you can see the doctor for all of your medical needs. An appointment is not needed you can 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.

Maternal and Child Health Nurse/Midwife

Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Nurse/Midwife visits Kowanyama 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/Midwife 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 Kowanyama please check out our posters in your community.

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Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Workers visit Kowanyama every week

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Kowanyama Girls’ Nights

The Apunipima Health Promotion team supports community initiatives including Girls’ and Women’s Nights.