OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Murweh Shire mayor Annie Liston with the Charleville Vital Health team that has opened their own doors to the community in their own building.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Murweh Shire mayor Annie Liston with the Charleville Vital Health team that has opened their own doors to the community in their own building. Contributed

New health boost for area

LOCAL allied health has gone out on a limb and opened a Vital Health office in Charleville after working out of indigenous health offices for the past two years.

Officially opening its doors about a month ago, Vital Health in Charleville is the new hub for the southwest region and is now located at 81 Galatea St.

Clinical coordinator Sophia Meland said they were excited to be in their own office and be able to provide the much-needed health services to the region.

"Being based in Roma as our main office we do outreach to the southwest region and Charleville had that much need and interest in our services we decided to have our own hub there,” Ms Meland said.

"That way we have a team out there full time instead of every fortnight. We have found the community respond better when there are people in town who are locals that live and work.”

Ms Meland said that due to a lot of their work starting off through Queensland Health Funding and travelling a 300-400km radius, they were working out of the indigenous health centres.

"At the moment Aboriginal health is being renovated which partly pushed us to get our own location,” she said.

"We have enough clients so this is a good excuse to set ourselves up and we slowly made the transition.

"We have been in town for two years, but have only become our own stand alone office for the past six months.”

Vital Health provides services for physiotherapy, dietitian, exercise physiology, speech therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy.

"Currently we have one of each service, but a podiatrist. I am sure we will eventually need more of us because we are constantly building and building,” Ms Meland said.

Ms Meland said the new office included four clinical rooms, a large and open reception space and a kitchen.

"It is a great location and we want people to know we are in town, we are local and are here all of the time.”


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