Naidoc Week looks healthy for service

NAIDOC Week celebrations began at the weekend and the Bidgerdii Community Health Service is fully engaged in the occasion.

"For us participating in Naidoc, we're participating in the community we belong too and service,'' the chief executive, Dr Bronwyn Fredericks, said yesterday.

"We're sharing in celebrating culture, affirming identity and recognising our achievements and the community's achievements.''

The comprehensive health care provider was an integral part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, she said.

The ability to provide complete healthcare was crucial. The services were wide ranging and included GP visits, nutritional advice, eye health and family support.

Specific clinics were also held in the wider region including Winton and Maryborough.

"It's important because it's appropriate to provide a more holistic service. We're better able to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,'' Dr Fredericks said.

"This type of delivery has proven to achieve health outcomes.'' Bidgerdii celebrated its 10th birthday this year, Dr Fredericks said.

During that time the non-profit community operation had grown from 400 clients in 1995 to 8500, and actively advocated for health services of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, she said.

"We're probably one of the largest organisations involved in that community,'' Dr Fredericks said.



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