Gurriny Clinic - Bukki Road, Yarrabah
Gurriny strives to empower the people of Yarrabah by assisting individuals identify, manage, and/or prevent chronic diseases.
Our clinic is committed to preventative care that starts with regular health checks supported by ongoing health education and management.
Our Clinical Team is led by Senior Medical Officer Dr Jason King a team of GPs, nurses, health workers and administrators care for over 3000 clients from the Yarrabah and broader Aboriginal community.
The Care Coordination team focuses on encouraging community to have Health Checks and regular chronic disease check ups, and provide ongoing education and support directly to clients to assist in the management of their chronic health conditions. Whilst much of this support will be provided in the clinic, the team will aim to be more community based
Health Checks are about looking at a person’s physical, and social emotional wellbeing condition and ensuring they live healthy and longer lives. Health Checks also assist in identifying risk factors for chronic diseases.
A Registered Nurse, Indigenous Health Worker and General Practitioner will conduct basic observations such as:
- Height, weight and temperature
- Ask questions in regards to lifestyle, daily diet intake, exercise, living condition, social lifestyle
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Hearing tests
- Listen to the heart and lungs
- Check that all body parts are working well and no abnormalities are detected
The clinic has a system in place for the follow-up and review of tests and results. Clients are contacted for recall via telephone, letter or home visit by a nurse, health worker and/or other Gurriny team member.
The doctor may introduce a treatment plan (if there are any problems) and will refer the client onto specialist services.
Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service staff promote both adult, youth and child health checks through existing programs/clinics and community events throughout the year.
To book an appointment for a health check, contact our clinic reception on 4226 4100.
Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program
The Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program has been operating at Gurriny since July 2016 and is currently being facilitated by a Registered Nurse and an Indigenous Health Worker.
The Program aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to better understand and manage their chronic health conditions and to have better access to a range of health care services, community services and health care aids.
How to Qualify/Access this service
- The client must be a registered PIP client with Gurriny and have a chronic condition.
- The client is required to have a Health Check and a Care Plan from the GP.
- Where the clients’ needs are complex or they require a medical aid to assist with the management of their condition, the GP will refer them to the Program.
- Clients will need to sign a consent to participate in the program.
The program staff assist clients to attend and manage appointments, to access specialist or allied health services, which may not be provided in the community or easily accessible in the community, advocate for clients and assist clients to obtain ‘approved’ medical aids. Program staff also provide some clinical work within the community such as wound care and medication administration.
The ITC Program has had some great successes with clients who have taken ownership of their health needs and are self-managing their condition. Some of these clients are no longer reliant on our Program.
Gurriny clients can access services at the clinic at 1 Bukki Road, Yarrabah on weekdays during the following hours;
Monday: 8.00am to 4.30pm
Tuesday: 8.00am to 4.30pm
Wednesday: 8.00am to 4.30pm
Thursday: 8.00am to 12.30pm
(Note: the clinic is closed to clients on Thursday afternoon)
Friday: 8.00am to 4.30pm
The clinic is closed on public holidays.
This clinic bulk bills. Out of pocket expenses may be incurred for some pathology tests. Please discuss this with your doctor.
Call 4226 4100 for an appointment
We encourage clients to call ahead and make an appointment before attending the clinic. We do accept 'walk-in' clients, however these will be reviewed at the time and provided an appointment at the earliest opportunity.
Longer doctor consultations, if required, should be requested when booking an appointment.
Courtesy Transport Service
Gurriny offers a complimentary patient courtesy transport service to and from the Yarrabah clinic for our clients. We also provide patient courtesy transport service to Cairns for our clients to access specialist appointments.
Bookings for this service can be made at the time an appointment is made but must be booked at least 24 hours before the appointment by calling reception on 4226 4100.
Important information for clients
It is essential that the clinic has your current contact details. Patients have a responsibility for their own healthcare and this includes returning to see the doctor for results of tests. Personal health Information of clients is treated as confidential at all times.
The Yarrabah Pharmacy is is located within the Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services’ Primary Health Centre at 1 Bukki Road Yarrabah.
The Pharmacy operates on weekdays from 8:30am to 4:00pm, except Thursdays when it is open from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
The convenience of having a pharmacy onsite ensures that our clients have direct access to this service for their healthcare needs. A pharmacist processes scripts, give medication, and provides health advice where required. Over-the-counter items can also be purchased. Clients are encouraged to provide the pharmacist with their Medicare and Health Care Cards. Eftpos facilities are available.
The Yarrabah Emergency Department provides emergency medical after hours care for Yarrabah clients.
If you require urgent medical attention, present directly to the Yarrabah Emergency Department (next door to the Gurriny clinic) at 1 Bukki Road using the intercom at the gate.