Aboriginal Medical Services in Gold Coast

Bridging the Path to Holistic Wellbeing

 

The practice restricted bulk bill Indigenous health assessment and can assist you with “Closing the Gap”
Ask the doctor, nurse or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker for more information about the health check.


Closing the Gap


Closing the Gap is the government’s formal commitment to reduce and eliminate the disparities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in various aspects of life. Launched in 2008, this initiative covers specific targets to improve healthcare, access to education, and employment opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As an health provider, Coolangatta Medical Centre understands its responsibility in contributing to closing the gap for the Indigenous communities. With a commitment to culturally competent care, we tailor our health services not only to address the medical needs of our patients, but also to respect and acknowledge their practices and traditions.

Coolangatta provides restricted bulk-billed health assessments aligned with the goals of Closing the Gap. Indigenous patients with chronic diseases or at risk may also benefit from the reduced-cost or free prescription medicines offered by the Closing the Gap (CTG) Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Co-payment Measure. For more information, contact us or book an appointment.

Our Healthcare Services for Indigenous Communities


At Coolangatta Medical Centre, we understand the need to cultivate a culturally sensitive healthcare setting so the indigenous people can feel safe and comfortable. Our health care services are an integral part of our strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Coolangatta’s tailored aged care services for Indigenous elders include culturally relevant support networks, accessible healthcare facilities, and community programs that acknowledge and respect traditional practices. The doctors help ensure that every senior is treated with dignity, respect, and compassion while providing them with the best possible care.

The   doctor works with families to address any health concerns and ensure that children receive the personalised and inclusive care they deserve. As part of our comprehensive paediatric care, we provide timely vaccinations and regular health check-ups for children to promote a foundation of lifelong health.

Designing personalised physiotherapy programs for Indigenous people involves not just addressing their physical ailments but also incorporating cultural sensitivity that makes them feel safe and comfortable. By integrating traditional knowledge and practices into rehabilitation, we can bridge healthcare gaps while promoting holistic well-being.

As part of the government’s efforts to increase vaccination coverage in Indigenous populations, we conduct accessible immunisation programs at Coolangatta Medical Centre for the Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander communities.

We understand that implementing drug and alcohol testing for Indigenous communities requires a balanced and culturally respectful approach. By fostering open communication and providing the support they need alongside testing, we can address substance use issues effectively and with compassion and understanding.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at a higher risk of developing foot complications compared to non-Indigenous Australians. The doctors strive to close this gap by designing culturally sensitive preventative care, education, and interventions in addressing specific foot health challenges.

Cardiovascular diseases are among one of the most common health concerns that impact the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our cardiologists understand this higher prevalence of cardiovascular issues within these communities. That’s why we strive to provide a service that involves not only the best possible care, but also an understanding of unique social, economic, and cultural factors that impact their overall wellbeing.

Coolangatta’s dietary programs aim to improve overall health and address specific nutritional concerns prevalent in Indigenous communities. The doctors offer nutritional advice that incorporates appropriate traditional foods and practices to promote well-balanced nutrition that is also familiar to their palate.

The doctors for Aboriginal medical services provide comprehensive chronic disease management programs that integrate modern medicine with traditional healing approaches. These holistic care plans address the health challenges faced by Indigenous people, emphasising the prevention of further complications and management of chronic conditions.





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Clinic Hours:

  • Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
  • Saturday 8:30am – 2.30pm
  • Sunday 9:00am – 12.00pm
  • Public Holidays – Please call the centre for more information.

Email us: office@coolmedical.com.au

Find us at 91 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD


Restricted Bulk Billing

Did you know that GP Management Plans, Reviews and Health Care Assessments for Chronic Disease management are bulk billed.

Please check with your GP if you are eligible.

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Coolangatta Medical Centre offers a restricted bulk-billed Indigenous health assessment, providing support towards achieving the objectives outlined in the Closing the Gap initiative. For more details regarding the Aboriginal health check, kindly consult with your doctor or nurse.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian with a chronic disease or at risk, the Closing the Gap (CTG) Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Co-payment Measure is available to assist you in obtaining most prescription medicines at a reduced cost or free of charge if you hold a Health Care Card. Eligibility will be assessed by the doctor, who will then facilitate the registration process.

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health check (restricted bulk-billed) must be conducted by our designated healthcare professionals in Griffith. Our Aboriginal medical service includes:

  • Health inquiries
  • Physical examinations
  • Health tests
  • Personalised health plans

Book an appointment with our Coolangatta doctors and start your wellness journey today. If you have further inquiries, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (07) 5599 1400




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Let the team of doctors at Coolangatta’s Medical Centre help you achieve optimal health with compassion, dignity, and respect, just as you deserve.



Related Medical Services We Offer:

At Coolangatta Medical Centre, we also offer many other specialised care for vaccinations and overall family health care to keep you and your loved ones healthy. Book your appointment to visit our clinic at Gold Coast.

To see more of our other medical services, click here.

Payment Methods:

Full fee upfront is payable on the day of your appointment and will be processed with a credit/debit card token provided at the time of booking.

Medicare rebate is processed for you on your behalf by the administration team and will go back into the account that you have nominated with Medicare within 24 to 48 hours. For more information about Medicare rebates, see our FAQs page.

Out of pocket fee is the amount of money that you will be out of pocket after Medicare has processed your rebate.

Areas We Serve

Coolangatta Medical Centre services many local communities on the Gold Coast as well as Northern NSW. If you live in or nearby the following suburbs, Coolangatta Medical Centre is easily visited from the location:

  • Tweed Heads
  • Tweed Heads South
  • Tweed Heads West
  • Bilinga
  • Cobaki Lakes
  • Tugun

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2005, the Social Justice Report called out the Australian governments for the improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s healthcare and life expectancy within 25 years. This launched the Closing the Gap campaign, which urges the entire nation to contribute to the elimination of the disparities between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, particularly in healthcare, education, and employment.

In July 2020, the Coalition of Peaks (Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations), together with all Australian governments and the Local Government Association, signed the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. The goal of the National Agreement is for the Indigenous communities and the governments to work together to eliminate the inequality experienced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It represents the commitment by Australian governments to improve their health, education, employment, and other socio-economic aspects with the involvement of the Indigenous communities in the decision-making process.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) are primary health care service providers established and operated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. Their mission is to address the specific healthcare needs and priorities of the Indigenous populations in a culturally appropriate, holistic, and comprehensive manner.

For many Indigenous Australians, health not only corresponds to the presence or absence of disease or illness. It is a holistic concept that covers the physical, social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual well-being of individuals, families, and communities. This means that programs, policies, and services catered to them need to move beyond the regular physical and medical health and should include the social and cultural aspects.

Strengths-Based Care, as the name suggests, is an approach that focuses on an individual’s strengths and the resources available to help them deal with their health challenges more effectively. It acknowledges the inherent capabilities and resilience of a person rather than their issues or weaknesses.

 

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OPEN SEVEN DAYS
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday 8:30am – 1pm
Sunday 9am – 12pm

PH: (07) 5599 1400
EM: office@coolmedical.com.au
91 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD

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OPEN SEVEN DAYS
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday 8:30am – 12pm
Sunday 9am – 12pm

PH: (07) 5599 1400
EM: office@coolmedical.com.au
91 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD