Public Medicine - Kobi House
The Department of Public Medicine is located in the Unara health village at the front of Toowoomba Hospital, adjacent Pechey street. Kobi House provides a range of free and confidential Public Health services to eligible community members.
For advice, information or to book and appointment please phone Kobi House on 4616 6446.
Treatment services for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) are available at Kobi House. Clients seeking HCV testing may be assessed via the Kobi House Sexual Health Service.
- Education, advice and support regarding HCV
- Screening and diagnostic testing
- Anti-viral treatment for patients with chronic HCV
- Inpatient and outpatient medical services
Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)
The Queensland Needle and Syringe Program (QNSP) aims to reduce the incidence of blood-borne viruses and injection-related injuries and disease in Queensland by:
- providing sterile injecting equipment
- facilitating the safe disposal of used injecting equipment
- improving access and referral to drug treatment programs, health care, and other services.
The Toowoomba NSP is located at Kobi House - Toowoomba Hospital.
- 8:00am to 5:00pm - Monday to Friday
A coin operated dispensing machine provides limited equipment after hours.
Indigenous Childhood Vaccinations
Kobi House provides Immunisation services for Indigenous children in accordance with the recommendations of the National Immunisation Program Schedule, including routine vaccinations at the following ages:
- 6 weeks
- 4 and 6 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 4 years
- Catch up vaccinations for school-based vaccinations
- BCG vaccination is available for eligible children.
Tuberculosis Control Clinic
The Darling Downs & South West Queensland Regional Tuberculosis Control Unit provides assistance in managing Tuberculosis and related chest diseases.
This role includes:
- Medical services for tuberculosis and associated Mycobacterial diseases
- Monitoring and supervision of tuberculosis treatment regimes
- Tuberculosis contact tracing, advice and screening services
- Follow-up of patients with significant tuberculin test (Mantoux) results
- Medical follow-up of migrants with TBU or health undertakings
- BCG vaccination for at-risk individuals
- Tuberculosis screening for TB contacts, pre-employment/health workers, overseas travellers, and self-referrals
Referral protocol for the Tuberculosis Control Clinic
- Urgent referral (e.g. strong suspicion of active tuberculosis)
Ph: 4616 6446
- Other referrals
Mail to TB Control Clinic, Kobi House, Toowoomba Health Service
Fax: 4616 6456
- Email: email@example.com
- Visit the Queensland Health Tuberculosis website
Sexual Health and HIV
Kobi House offers a comprehensive service for screening and management of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI’s) and HIV. These infections can be passed from one person to another during sexual contact. Some infections can also be transmitted by infected blood (such as sharing injecting equipment) or body fluids. Sometimes these infections can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy and birth.
Some of the services provided include:
- STI screening
- Treatment of STI’s, HIV and Hepatitis C
- HIV Pre and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP)
- Contraception, Emergency contraception and pregnancy options
- Cervical screening
Location and Opening Times:
- Kobi House - Toowoomba Hospital
- Open 8:00am to 5:00pm - Monday to Friday
- Appointments preferred, please phone 46166446
- Free, confidential and available for everyone
- No referral required
Kobi House provides refugee health assessments for all newly arrived refugees via the HSP Humanitarian Settlement Programme.
The model of care involves 3 appointments as per the following:
Appointment 1 (usually within 30 days of arrival to Australia)
- Nursing health assessment
- Pathology base line
- Referral to oral health
Appointment 2 ( 2-3 weeks post initial assessment)
- Pathology review and follow up as required
- Chest X-Ray and OPG for oral health as required
- Mantoux skin test
Appointment 3: (48 hrs post 2nd appointment)
- Mantoux skin test read
- Commencement of vaccination catch up schedule
- Discharge summary ready for GP to continue vaccination catch up and health care.
Discharge summaries are sent to clients GP’s once notified by client case managers.
Referrals are usually received via the settlement agency (Multicultural Australia) though can be by GP, interstate and or self /family referral.
- Refugee Health Assessment Clinic: 46166446
- Multicultural Australia 46321466
- Refugee Health Network: http://www.refugeehealthnetworkqld.org.au/
Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS)
- Provides an acute 24 hour crisis response to recent sexual assault (within the past 72 hours) at Toowoomba Hospital for clients of Toowoomba & Darling Downs Health Service
- For women and men aged 14 years and over.
- Crisis response includes information regarding all medical care and reporting options available for clients following a sexual assault
- Clients requiring SASS crisis response service after hours may present to the Toowoomba Hospital Emergency Department or by contacting Toowoomba Hospital switch on 4616 6000.
Short to medium term individual counselling for women and men aged 14 years and over who have experienced sexual violence at some time in their life may also be available, please contact SASS on 4616 6950 during business hours to discuss further.