Rolleston clinic puts care within reach
ROLLESTON has welcomed its first dedicated health care facility.
Sandra Corfield, chief of the Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice, said residents from the township and surrounding properties now had a range of services that could significantly improve their health.
"The centre is unique in a number of ways," Ms Corfield said.
"Its development has been driven by the community's determination to make health services more readily available to residents.
"And it represents a breakthrough on so many fronts because it will bring to the area services that have historically not been available locally."
One of those services was a regular doctor's clinic.
"It will allow the community to access specialists who have previously meant a 10-hour round trip to Townsville or weeks away from home while receiving treatment in Brisbane," Ms Corfield said.
Services at the centre include chronic disease management, antenatal consultation, pregnancy testing, pathology collection, physiotherapy, speech pathology, diabetes education, social work, counselling and a child health nurse.
The facility was funded by a donation of about $400,000 from Glencore's Rolleston open cut mine, Federal funding of $300,000, donations from local businesses, and land from the Central Highlands Regional Council.