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Happy first birthday Charkil-Om

Date posted: 10 August 2017

Apunipima’s Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre celebrates its first anniversary in August.

Charkil-Om, which means bone fish in local Thanakwith language, provides comprehensive primary health care to the remote community of Napranum which is about nine kilometres south of Weipa in Queensland.

Napranum community member, traditional owner and Tackling Indigenous Smoking Health Worker, Ernest Madua Jnr explained what Charkil- Om means to him.

‘We now have a service that meets the needs of Napranum community members,’ he said.

‘The key to living longer healthier lives, Closing the Gap, is early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and curable conditions. Too long our mob die too early, my people, my community deserves better, big thank you to Apunipima Charkil-Om for providing this opportunity.’

Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre Manager, Kelvin Coleman, echoed Ernest’s sentiments, expressing pride in the professionalism and dedication of the Napranum and wider Apunipima team.

‘I would like to acknowledge and thank the staff (too many to name) for their commitment and hard work that made Charkil-Om what it is today,' Mr Coleman said.

Apunipima Chairperson, Thomas Hudson said Charkil-Om’s achievements are in line with the Board’s vision.

‘On my last visit to Napranum, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from community regarding Apunipima staff engagement and participation at sporting events and other local events within the community. These demonstrate the commitment the team shows to the community engagement, education, health promotion and prevention,' Mr Hudson said.

‘On behalf of the Apunipima Board and team, I wish Charkil-Om a happy first birthday.’

Source: Apunipima Cape York Health Council


Last updated: 9 August 2017
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