10 May 2023

Kidney team recognised for achievement

| Cape York Weekly
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Members of the Cape York Kidney Care team in Napranum late last month, prior to the Premier’s Awards for Excellence.

A DEDICATED team offering specialised kidney care to those in western Cape York have been acknowledged at the Premier’s Awards for Excellence.

The Cape York Kidney Care team, who are based in Weipa, was a finalist in the Better Health and Wellbeing Services category at this year’s awards.

Members of the team went to Brisbane last week for the awards ceremony. The team’s GP Dr Andrea Miller said they were honoured to be nominated and hoped it would further increase awareness about the discrepancies in health for people in remote communities.

“I also hope it will show the importance of increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce,” she said prior to the awards.

“It would be great to see that capacity built more.”

The CYKC team have been operating since late 2019 and service six communities: Weipa, Napranum, Mapoon, Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama.

Dr Miller said they were now caring for more than 500 people.

“We are very much directed by the person, and aim to empower them to achieve their goals through education and shared decision making,” she said.

“We believe this is how we are able to improve health outcomes such as improved blood pressure and delay progression of kidney and heart disease.”

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