Miles Doing What Matters: First nurse-led health clinic site announced

Published Monday, 01 July, 2024 at 01:15 PM


The Honourable Steven Miles

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

  • The first of four new clinics across the state will open in Brisbane City in September 2024
  • The free, walk-in clinic in Adelaide Street will be open every day from 8am to 10pm and offer treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
  • The Miles Government’s $46 million investment towards the roll out of the clinics will improve access to healthcare for all Queenslanders, with a focus on the healthcare needs of women and girls.

The Miles Government has announced Adelaide Street in Brisbane City as the first of four nurse-led clinics that will provide free healthcare to Queenslanders. 

The first clinic will open on 30 September to provide free healthcare to adults and children aged two and over, with no booking or referral will be needed, and open every day from 8am to 10pm.

Queenslanders in need will be able to walk-in and receive clinical assessment, treatment, and advice from qualified nursing staff, including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse consultants, and clinical nurses.

The clinic will improve access to care for the local community for minor conditions such as:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Common colds and simple respiratory conditions
  • Cuts, abrasions, bruises, minor burns
  • Suture of wounds subject to size, depth and location of wound
  • Simple gastroenteritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Simple limb injuries
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Women’s health concerns

Trauma-informed and women-focused services will also be available, including support for women’s health concerns and contraception advice such as emergency contraception.

That’s why the Miles Government committed $46 million as part of its Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy 2032 to deliver four walk-in clinics in regions that need it most.

Patients who require care beyond the clinic’s capabilities will be referred promptly to the most appropriate service, such as an emergency department, general practitioner, rapid access clinic, or mental health services.

Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“I’m doing what matters to Queenslanders, which means delivering world-class health care right across the state.

“The first of four nurse-led clinics will soon open its doors, which will complement our nation-leading Satellite Hospitals and help ease the pressure on our busy emergency departments.

“Not only that, but they will also help provide tailored healthcare and support to women closer to home.

“It’s something women and girls called for, and my government has delivered.

“Only my government will invest in the world-class healthcare Queenslanders need.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Service and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman:

“I’m so excited for the opening of the first of four clinics that will provide healthcare for our community at no cost.

“We are making sure the clinics are easily accessible by car or public transport and are open for extended hours, every day of the week.

“Not only will this boost access to treatment and care, it will also help to reduce demand on our emergency departments.

“We heard loud and clear from thousands of Queensland women and girls who told us they need more options to access healthcare.

“That’s why the clinics will also offer a range of services to support women’s health concerns, ensuring culturally safe, trauma informed and gender responsive care for Queensland women and girls.

“We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Queensland families – and that’s exactly what these clinics will do.

“David Crisafulli was part of the LNP government that viciously gutted Queensland’s health system and we know if they had the chance, they’d do it all over again. 

“Only the Miles Labor Government can be trusted to deliver the healthcare services Queensland families need.”

Quotes attributable to Member for McConnel Grace Grace:

“This Queensland-first nurse-led clinic will be game changing.

“Being located in the inner city means it will be easily accessible to anyone, particularly those without private transport, and will be a huge boost to public health services in the area.

“Women and girls have told us that quicker, more affordable access to non-emergency care for common conditions such as urinary tract infections and menstrual complication is something they want and we’ve delivered.

“This clinic will be open to anyone aged over two years old, from 8am to 10pm and I anticipate it will be well-used.

“Access to free high-end health care is a basic right and the Miles Government is committed to finding new ways of making sure it is available to all”.