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Australia’s first indigenous only fever clinic is now open – three more are due to open this month

Australia’s first indigenous only fever clinic is now open – three more are due to open this month

17 Apr, 2020

A first-of-its-kind indigenous and Torres Strait Islander only COVID-19 fever clinic at Caboolture will soon be able to provide results in as little as 45 minutes.

Australia’s first COVID-19 fever clinic for indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders opened at Caboolture this week – three more are due to open in southeast Queensland by the end of the month.

The clinic is equipped to see up to 100 patients a day and once the rapid COVID-19 testing machine arrives next week, clinicians will be able to provide results in 45 minutes – much faster than the 24-48 hours it currently takes.

The respiratory clinic, which is funded through the Federal Government’s $2.4 billion health package, is operated by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, next to the existing Aboriginal community Controlled Health Service in James St, Caboolture.

It is not the only fever clinic in the region with Health Hub Doctors Morayfield also operating a fever clinic, with the capacity to test up to 400 people a day.

A spokeswoman for IUIH said there was a large proportion of indigenous people in the high risk category for COVID-19.

To access a clinic, people can visit http://www.health.gov.au for further information.

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