As seen recently in an ABC article the RFDS women's wellbeing clinics will cease at the end of June 2016. Our main concerns are continuity of care and we are at a loss as to why a system working so effectively would be changed. The proposed new method of delivery as put forward by the Central West Hospital and Health services will see a reduction in services, and deny adequate access for women to a female GP.
This will put at further risk the health of all the women in these smaller communities.
Initial indications are that we could see a drop from 20 clinics to 6 half day clinics given that the female doctor ( based in our case in Longreach) would have to travel. Some patients would also have to travel approximately 200km to access the replacement service from their small town. This would be an increase of 100 km. Patients who are currently working would possibly have to take a day off of work to access the new service.
We are petitioning the RFDS to reinstate the clinics in their current form and to not further jeopardise the health of women in rural and remote Queensland.