Wheels turning on new mobile health service

A brand new mobile health initiative is now delivering vital care to the city’s most vulnerable residents, with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announcing the service had commenced across Brisbane.

Cr Quirk said the mobile health service would provide valuable assistance to those who are unable or are less likely to access traditional medical services.

“Council has contributed $1 million to kick-start the Brisbane-first initiative, which is being delivered by Micah Projects following a competitive tender process last year,” Cr Quirk said.

“From the weekend, health vans are hitting the roads of Brisbane, operating for 120 hours per week, to deliver timely and vital health services to those who are homeless or sleeping rough.

“This service will target particular areas across Brisbane, providing a range of health care services such as wound care, medication assistance, blood sugar checks and opportunities to call for emergency assistance if required.

Cr Quirk said Council’s $1 million contribution had helped to cover the set up costs of the service, and Micah Projects would now take over the ongoing costs of delivering the service.

“Micah Projects already work closely with Council in supporting and advocating for vulnerable members of the Brisbane community and these services will complement their existing work in our city,” he said.

“People who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness often have difficulty accessing medical treatment, something many of us take for granted.

“This service will ensure those doing it tough in our city have access to safe medical support, as part of Council’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of our city.

“Council currently offers a range of initiatives to help deal with homelessness and social housing in our city, and the mobile health service will complement these services.

“On top of this new service, Council offers programs such as the Community Housing Partnership Project which provides crisis accommodation, as well as Council’s Homeless Connect event.

“Since 2006, Council’s Homeless Connect has provided 14,700 homeless people with necessities and services, such as warm clothes, food and health checks.

“The 19th Homeless Connect event will be held on 28 June.”

For more information about housing and homelessness, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] 11 APRIL, 2017