Health and medical services for QUT students and staff have expanded to welcome the wider community as precincts around the university’s two inner-city campuses grow.
The QUT Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove medical centres are now open to the public with seven general practitioners working across the two campuses and a further two full-time doctors to be employed next year.
QUT Associate Director of Health and Medical Services, Chris Poole, said the medical centres were working in partnership with the newly opened Priceline Pharmacy, located on the Gardens Point campus, to offer a streamlined health service from initial consultation to the collection of prescriptions.
“The Health and Medical hubs we are creating here at QUT are based around quality service-driven and connected care,” Mr Poole said.
“We will always remain a student-focused service, and for international students, we are a guide and focal point for them, but we are also available to staff and now the general public as well.”
The clinical workforce across both medical centres also includes clinical nurses, mental health nurses, dietitians, and psychologists.
Together, the medical centres deliver a range of primary healthcare services to people aged 17 years and older, including routine physical health, sexual health, antenatal, mental health, and preventative health including vaccinations and screenings.
The centres also link to a range of community-based, specialist support services including eating disorder, sexual assault, psychology, and clinical mental health services.
QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil said the expansion of the medical centres to the public was part of the QUT commitment to give back to the communities in which the university is embedded.
“The inner city is growing and there is need for easy access to healthcare in convenient locations, and our medical centres are well-placed to help meet that need,” Professor Sheil said.
“Our current student population is diverse and providing accessible healthcare for all is our priority, whether you live locally, come from overseas, identify as LGBTIQA+, or have different religious or cultural backgrounds.”
The QUT medical centres have a combined capacity to see up to 70,000 patients a year.