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Re-accreditation for Health Care Service

Tuesday, 5th April, 2011

Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation's primary health care service has received Australian General Practice Accreditation for the second time.

The staff, the clinics and all policies and procedures were put under the microscope last month when two surveyors visited the service for its assessment.

Maari Ma's Chief Executive Officer, Bob Davis, said to achieve accreditation once again was testimony of the excellent work of the staff and the services they provided.

"Accreditation lets clients know that a general practice has met standards set by the medical profession," Mr Davis said.

"These standards are designed to ensure high quality care is provided in a safe and well organised way.

"Importantly, accreditation has recognised the achievements of our health care staff to meet the requirements of established standards," he said.

Mr Davis said the health service was now catering for about 2,200 clients in Broken Hill and district.

"Last year we underwent an internal renovation to accommodate the increasing number of GP clinics and specialist services we provide.

"We have five GPs working either full or part time . . . and there are a range of specialist services including cardiology, renal, eye health, podiatry, paediatric, women's health, mental health and alcohol and other drugs, dietetics and dental.

"We also have the preventative programs of the chronic disease strategy, Healthy Start and Keeping Well.

"These include immunisations, growth and development checks for children and adult health checks, lead clinics, the Smoking Cessation Program and a physical activity program.

"In the near future we will be increasing our capacity further with the arrival of a purpose-built building . . . to accommodate the maternal and child health team," Mr Davis said.

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