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About Us

noel and nola

The Inala Indigenous Health Service aims to promote, maintain and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by offering culturally appropriate health care.


In mid 1995, Wakka Wakka and Kalkadoon man Dr Noel Hayman and nurse Nola White, descendant of the Ghungalu clan, were asked by Queensland Health to set up an Indigenous health clinic as part of the Inala Community Health Centre.

At the time, only 12 patients at the clinic identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and our first year involved fewer than 900 GP consultations. Our service rapidly expanded every year; we currently have more than 6000 patients who attend 20,000 doctor consultations each year.

In June 2013, after 18 years located in the Inala Community Health Centre, we moved to the purpose-built Centre of Excellence, pictured above.

Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence

After years in the planning and 15 months in the building, we moved into our new Centre of Excellence in June 2013.

The new clinic allowed for expansion of every aspect of our service, including the clinic, teaching and research. It also became an important teaching centre for students and the next generation of doctors, nurses, dentists and allied health professionals.

In November 2017 Stage Two of our centre opened which brought all of our teams together under one roof.

COE artist drawing

Although care is taken, this site, and links from it to third-party sites, may possibly contain the names or images of people who have passed away, which may sadden and distress some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our Charter - "One Service, One Team, One Mob"

We are accountable to each other, our patients, our employer and the community for our timely presence and contribution, to create a health service we would be proud to bring our families to.

  • We challenge ourselves to be the best we can be
  • We look for opportunities to improve the service
  • We interact and communicate across service streams and value each other’s work
  • We allow everyone to have a voice in a non-judgmental environment
  • We treat others in a respectful and courteous manner
  • We communicate respectfully, courteously and give and receive constructive feedback
  • We resolve all issues in a direct, calm and timely manner
Last updated: 9 March 2023