Rural Primary Health Service

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The Rural Primary Health Services program offers community-based allied health care intervention including individual assessment and consultation, health promotion and preventative health activities.

The following allied health services are available:

Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD):

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) have the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. APDs are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information, in line with Professional Standards. APDs are trained to assess nutritional needs. They also assist people to manage health conditions and diseases using food as Medical Nutrition Therapy. APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including: diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerance’s, disordered eating as well as overweight and obesity

Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE):Rural Primary
Diabetes educators specialise in the provision of diabetes self-management education for people with diabetes. They provide support for people with gestational diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. 
Diabetes educators motivate people to:

  • Understand diabetes and make informed lifestyle and treatment choices
  • Incorporate physical activity into daily life
  • Use their medicines effectively and safely
  • Monitor and interpret their blood glucose patterns

All people with diabetes need access to a diabetes educator. Guidelines for referral to a diabetes educator include:

  • Initial diagnosis of diabetes
  • Introducing or changing diabetes medicines and insulin therapy
  • Glycaemic targets or desired clinical goals not met
  • Little self-care knowledge, skills or confidence
  • Recurrent or severe episodes of hypoglycaemia and/or ketoacidosis
  • Diagnosis of chronic diabetes complications or other comorbidities

FNQ Medicare Local provides allied health care services to general practices in these eligible communities:  

  • The Tablelands (Kuranda, Mareeba, Yungaburra, Malanda, Atherton)
  • Yarrabah and
  • Mossman

Individuals living in these communities who fit the above guidelines for diabetes educator referral and/or have dietary issues related to the conditions mentioned above, are eligible to access the RPHS service. Individuals are usually provided 5 services with each allied health professional per calendar year.

How to access this service:

  • A GP referral is required where possible.
  • A referral from other primary health care and allied health professionals can be made where access to a GP is limited.

This service is free of charge for all community members and is funded through the Rural Primary Health Services program

For more information contact:
07 4044 8900 or 1800 684 357 (for bookings)

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, walk, live and work and pay due respect to Elders both past and present.

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