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.
An Apunipima doctor visits Laura on a Monday and Tuesday, once a month. You can visit the doctor for all your medical needs including medication, chronic disease management plans, health checks, healthy lifestyle plans, blood tests, STI checks, family planning, vaccinations, pregnancy tests and pap smears and general health advice.
Maternal and Child Health Worker
An Apunipima Maternal and Child Health Worker visits Laura three days a month (once a fortnight on Monday and Tuesday, and the next fortnight on a Monday). She 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.
Maternal and Child Health Nurse / Midwife
An Apunipima Maternal and Child Health Nurse / Midwife visits Laura three days per month. 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 Centre, you can see the Maternal and Child Health Nurse by coming to the clinic or requesting a home visit.
Apunipima’s Dietitian visits Laura once a month on a 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 to 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 by the Dietitian.
Podiatrist (Foot doctor)
Apunipima’s Podiatrist visits Laura once a month on a Tuesday. Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, they focus on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
Foot doctors (Podiatrists) look at different conditions of the feet.
Podiatrists help people with:
Podiatrists 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 with the Podiatrist.
Apunipima’s Diabetes Educator visits Laura once a month on a Tuesday. Based out of the Queensland Health Clinic, the Diabetes Educator works with people who have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes.
The Diabetes Educator offers 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 by the Diabetes Educator.
Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Health Workers
Our Tackling Indigenous Smoking Health Workers visit Laura two days a month. They can yarn with you about how to give up smoking, help you get the help you need to give up, and assist you on your journey.
Chronic Disease Health Worker.
An Apunipima Chronic Disease Health Worker visits Laura three days per month (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).
You may see them out and about in community working with people to 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.
An Apunipima Health Promotion Officer visits Laura on an as needs basis.
The Health Promotion Officer may deliver programs on:
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 40377 7137.
Maternal and Child Health Nurse/Midwife
Apunipima’s Maternal and Child Health Nurse/Midwife visits Laura three days per month (Tuesday, Wednesday, 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.
Diabetes Nurse Educators Cathryn Dowey and Kerry Vickers and Health Worker (Podiatry) Sylvia Rosas at the 2013 Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival
Put your feet up
An Apunipima Maternal and Child Health team member checks a pregnant mum’s feet for swelling