Centre a boost for Aboriginal health
The focus of the new Aboriginal Medical Centre in Grafton will be on diabetes and heart disease, according to the centre's resident practitioner, Dr Ray Jones.
Speaking at the opening of the centre, Dr Jones said regular health checks and screening programs would be a feature of the centre's work.
"The new premises we are working in now are a big improvement over the old," he said.
"We have more room for working and room for expansion of our services," he said.
"A new doctor is an attractive possibility now. Universities are targeting indigenous students now to become doctors. We may employ one in the future.
"We now provide mental health and drug and alcohol counselling services which are of great benefit to the local communities.
"We will soon be able to provide state-of-the-art hearing screening in our new facility."
Dr Jones said there had been some important medical achievements through the centre.
"Prescribing loads of antibiotics to the children of Baryulgil was not improving the health of these children, but focusing on better nutrition has led to dramatic improve- ments in their general health."