Brisbane South PHN in the community
Flood and disaster aftermath in the Brisbane South region
With a large part of the Brisbane South PHN region directly affected by flooding aftermath of ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie in April 2017, Brisbane South PHN reached out to the community to assist local GPs and allied health professionals with support.
Staff and project teams gathered at the Brisbane South PHN head offices and were prepped with the necessary information and tools to provide support, guidance and assistant to all of the healthcare providers in the region requiring aid.
Brisbane South PHN Team Leader, psychological therapies, Cate Hogan said at the time: “The Brisbane South PHN Mental Health Services team has contracted a number of experienced and skilled mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses and occupational therapists. All mental health professionals are registered with their professional bodies to provide quality services. We are working with GPs to bring these options to their attention.”
Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Brisbane South PHN is fortunate to be part of a rich and diverse community. In particular, we have one of the country’s largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As part of the health sector, we have an important role to work alongside our indigenous partners to Close the Gap. This is a role we take very seriously.
In 2015 Recognise Australia endorsed our Innovate RAP, which outlined the actions we would take to show respect, strengthen relationships and identify opportunities. These actions range from acknowledging traditional custodians at the beginning of our gatherings and participating in indigenous led events, such as NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week, through to providing employment and procurement opportunities.
Approximately 5 per cent of our staff are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, including in management, administration and training positions.
Other initiatives Brisbane South PHN has supported:
- One Million Stars to End Violence Project
- United Nations International Day Against Torture
- World Elder Abuse Day
- Logan City Council’s 50th anniversary celebration of Indigenous Australian voting
- Relationships Australia Queensland’s Logan office opening
- National Blood Donor Week
- Lung Health Awareness Month
- Walk Together Logan
- Headspace Day
- Queensland Mental Health Week