Queensland announces first nurse-led clinic site

The Miles Government committed $46 million to deliver four walk-in clinics in regions that need it most as part of its Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy 2032.

The Adelaide Street in Brisbane City has been announced as the first site for the four nurse-led clinics that will be staffed by nurse practitioners, clinical nurse consultants, and clinical nurses providing clinical assessment, treatment, and advice.

The first clinic will open on 30 September to provide free healthcare to adults and children aged two and over, with no booking or referral needed, and open every day from 8am to 10pm.

The clinic will offer treatment for non-life threatening injuries and illness, including eye and skin conditions, wounds and minor burns, gastroenteritis, limb injuries, urinary tract infections and women’s health concerns.

Trauma-informed and women-focused services will also be available, including support for women’s health concerns and contraception advice such as emergency contraception.

Patients who require care beyond the clinic’s capabilities will be referred to the emergency department, general practitioner, rapid access clinic, or mental health services.

Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said Queensland women had called for more options to access affordable healthcare.

“We are making sure the clinics are easily accessible by car or public transport and are open for extended hours, every day of the week. That’s why the clinics will also offer a range of services to support women’s health concerns, ensuring culturally safe, trauma informed and gender responsive care for Queensland women and girls.”

Member for McConnel Grace Grace said the state’s first nurse-led clinic would be game-changing.

“Women and girls have told us that quicker, more affordable access to non-emergency care for common conditions such as urinary tract infections and menstrual complication is something they want.”

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