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Maternal and Child Health Worker

Mossman Gorge’s Maternal and Child Health Worker works Monday to Friday and can often be seen out and about in community

The Maternal and Child Health Worker supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait women, their partners 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 key component of their work. If you would like to see the Maternal and Child Health Worker please contact Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre and she will come and see you.

Dietitian

Apunipima’s Dietitian visits Mossman Gorge every second Thursday. The Dietitian will 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 address children’s nutrition issues 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 Mossman Gorge every second Thursday. The Podiatrist 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.

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 Mossman Gorge every second Thursday. 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.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking Health Worker

Our part - time Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Health Worker will yarn with you about how to give up smoking and assist you on your journey.

To catch up with our TIS Health Worker, just drop into Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or ring 07 4037 4380 to make an appointment.

Health Promotion

An Apunipima Health Promotion Officer visits Mossman Gorge on an as need basis.

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

  • 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.

Doctor

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 Nurse/Midwife

The Maternal and Child Health Nurse/midwife mainly works with mums and their families during the antenatal and postnatal period providing education, midwifery support and care before and after delivery.

Apunipima Wellbeing Centre

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

The Mossman Gorge Wellbeing Centre team is made up of Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workers - Youth and a Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker - Adult, a psychologist and a counsellor.

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Maternal and Child Health

A Maternal and Child Health worker checks a pregnant mum’s hands for swelling