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Health checks for indigenous kids

Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service services co-ordinator Jenny Smith and registered nurse Liz Spinney (partly obscured) in Ballina with (from front) Jemma McKenzie, 10, Lucy McKenzie, 6, Garry McKenzie, Janice McKenzie and Kamala Cook, 3.
Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service services co-ordinator Jenny Smith and registered nurse Liz Spinney (partly obscured) in Ballina with (from front) Jemma McKenzie, 10, Lucy McKenzie, 6, Garry McKenzie, Janice McKenzie and Kamala Cook, 3. Jay Cronan

THE Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service is opening a window of opportunity next week for those who struggle to afford medical attention for their children.

The indigenous service, in partnership with the Bunjum Aboriginal Co-operative in Ballina, will be holding a Healthy Kids Day at Tamar Street next Tuesday, between 10am and 2pm, to provide free health checks, treatment and referrals for children under 15 years.

Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service services co-ordinator Jenny Smith said the day was primarily aimed at four-year-old children, but they ‘will take any kid that comes through the door’.

“This is the first year we are holding something like this, but if enough turn up then we will have it as an annual event,” Ms Smith said.

“Healthy Kids Day is trying to get kids to come to the doctor for before-school health checks and to have a fun day at the same time.

“There is limited access to dental services and no ear, nose and throat doctors in the area that bulk bill, so we have to look at different ways to address these issues.

“We will treat the children as they come on the day and refer them on if needed.”

There will be six health stations on the day, checking the children’s eyes, ears, teeth, development, history and immunisation.

Apart from the medical side of things, kids will be able to enjoy a sausage sizzle and the Old MacDonald’s Travelling Farm.



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