Budja’s Board and Management are pleased to announce that a new mobile clinic van is to come into operation in March/April 2019.
This followed direct support for a feasibility study into the service from the Grampians Pyrennes Primary Care Partnership. Subsequently grants were obtained from both Indigenous Affairs, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Deakin University’s Rural Medical School, Warrnambool.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census indicated that our Indigenous population grew by 69.8% from 2011, one of the highest in Victoria.
The feasibility study confirmed the many challenges our Community Members have in accessing medical and health services, including at the Halls Gap clinic. It identified constraints associated with access to transport, having to rely on family for transport and in juggling family, schooling and work and other commitments. The service is designed to bring a number of health and medical services directly to our Community where they live or are located. The mobile service will enable Budja’s medical and health staff to visit patients in their homes, at schools, at community centres and to be present at community events on specific days and to offer a variety of needed services.
This service is, therefore, taking an innovative approach to health service delivery to our 450 Indigenous Community geographically dispersed community across 10,000 square kilometres, encompassing Ararat, Stawell, St Arnaud, Gariwerd, Dunkeld, Mortlake, the western part of Beaufort and all towns in between.
Ongoing evaluation of the service, including assessing patient needs, responses and measuring health outcomes over time, will be undertaken in by a committee chaired and led by Budja’s Directors and CEO, in conjunction with Deakin University’s Rural Medical School, Warrnambool.