Volunteer doctors honoured for tireless contribution

Thursday, 24 January 2008

The selfless contribution made by the volunteer doctors who staff the Queensland Integrated Refugee Community Health Clinic (QIRCH) gained the accolade of a Griffith Australia Day Award in January.

The awards are given in recognition of significant voluntary contributions made to the community in the Federal Electorate of Griffith, which incorporates South Brisbane.

Nominations for the Awards are considered by an independent committee comprised of representatives from a range of community organisations across the Southside.

The volunteer doctors who staff QIRCH, a Mater program based at the South Brisbane campus, offer their time and services to refugee client groups on a rotating rostered basis.

The doctors donate 50 to 100 per cent of their earnings from Medicare back to the clinic’s operational expenses and—where a client has no access to Medicare—treatment is offered on a pro-bono basis.

Patients of the clinic are characterised by histories of torture, trauma, family and cultural dislocation and lack of access to adequate nutrition and health care.

The Honourable Kevin Rudd MP presented the Griffith Australia Day Awards at a special ceremony held on 24 January.

It is the opinion of the Committee that your nominee’s selfless and untiring contribution has made the Southside an immeasurably better place to live and work.

In their own time, this group of doctors has gained specialised understanding of the needs of refugee clients to ensure they are served appropriately.

Congratulations and thank you to the volunteer doctors who give their time, compassion and expertise to the Queensland Integrated Refugee Community Health Clinic.

The Honourable Kevin Rudd MP,
Prime Minister of Australia

QIRCH is a program of Mater Health Services and is supported by St Vincent’s, Holy Spirit Health and Queensland Health.

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    QIRCH volunteer doctors

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