Community Health Clinics
At Inala on the 7th and Acacia Ridge on the 17th of July, 2013, TIME and TROHPIQ students ran free health screenings of over 100 community members who attended the NAIDOC week Family Fun Days. Fitting into part of the festival, we attracted men and women to the respective tents and ran through checks of blood pressure, waist measurement, diabetes, smoking, alcohol, emotional wellbeing and reproductive health. The women’s tent was a gorgeous display of flowers and perfume, with each person receiving a pamper pack upon completion of their health check. The men ran through a ‘Pit Stop’ program, along the lines of a car at the mechanics. Each person will be followed up in the coming weeks to encourage GP visits and continuing health awareness. It was a brilliant experience for each of the medical students who took part; the perfect chance to practice communication skills and motivational interviewing. The community also gained benefit, with many people really appreciating the chance to talk to someone about their concerns and gain some innovative ideas to address and improve their health. Similar events will be held in the future, so keep an ear out if you’re interested in being involved!