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Torres Strait Health Protection Strategy - Saibai Island Primary Healthcare Clinic

What it does

Under a Project Agreement with Queensland Health, this element of the Torres Strait Islander Health Protection Strategy Budget measure ($3.7 million from 2011-12 to 2014-15) will support Queensland in the provision of primary health care on Saibai Island to better provide management of communicable diseases through:

(a) greater number of ongoing clinical staff at the Saibai Island clinic to enhance the primary health care services being provided to deliver:

  • effective health promotion and prevention activity for communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, vector-borne diseases and bacterial and viral infections;
  • provision of vaccinations and screenings;
  • coordination of diagnosis, treatment and prevention measures to ensure the effective management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease patients;
  • increased clinical services and sexual health checks and management for the Saibai Island community who are at risk of sexually transmissible infection (STI), blood borne viruses (BBVs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and viral hepatitis;
  • increased promotion of good nutrition to peoples with nutrition related conditions, and peoples with high rates of ill-health from Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease and dental health problems; and
  • surveillance and reporting of communicable diseases in keeping with clinical guidelines required by Queensland Health.

(b) Development and implementation of a culturally appropriate sexual health education campaign in the Torres Strait Islands.

What it achieves

The Government is very conscious of the unique service delivery challenges faced in the Torres Strait and is working with the Queensland Government to address the health issues in the region.