Yarrabah’s Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation has signed an historic agreement with Queensland Health, resulting in Queensland’s first transfer of a local primary care service from the State to a community-controlled health organisation. The team from Black Star was there live from the centre as they celebrated this historic transition on Thursday.
Gurriny CEO Sue Andrews was among the many officials to speak on the day . She said it has been a long journey for her community, which now has a 12-month contract to prove that it can work.
“For us here in Yarrabah, a community-controlled health service is about the social as well as the clinical side of health. There’s so many people to thank along the way; from the elders, to government at all levels, and especially the local people here in Yarrabah who have been part of the journey of Gurriny since we started the journey, we have to acknowledge these people”.
“Most of all I thank the elders; the elders who were first sitting under the tree talking about transition, talking about community control. They’re the people who aren’t here now but would have seen their vision come true today.”
Black Star Radio extends its congratulations and best wishes to the people of Yarrabah on this historic achievement.
This was also a historic occasion for Black Star as it was the first time the station has been able to do a live broadcast from within Yarrabah. The broadcast was heard across the Black Star network in the morning then continued locally into the afternoon.