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Nov 2016 Building stage 2
The big news this month is that our new building is being constructed. We had a smoking ceremony and this month will host a 'turning of the first sod' with representatives from Qld Health and the Qld State Government. By Christmas, we should be able to see an outline of the new structure. Exciting times!
Oc 2016 Demolition has begun!

The blocks next door to our health service on Brolga St have been cleared to make way for stage 2 of our health service. This building will double our size, and allow us to deliver a wider range of health services. It will also host the community and research team, who are currently located in rented premises in the Inala Plaza.

Oct 2016 Starts at 60 interview

Dr Justin Coleman gives some advice to older patients seeing their GPs in this video interview by Kay McGrath at the 'Starts at 60' website. Watch it on facebook at

Nov 2015 Men's group
Not to be outdone by the women, Ian Tyson (tel 3181 7612) has joined forces with Mathew Bond at Inala Wangarra and they have packed November with Men's Group activities. Touch footy, BBQs, a community Christmas party or golf...whatever takes your fancy. Contact Ian if you're interested.
Oct 2015 Women's group
The women's group continues to run great events over October: paddle boarding, cooking, sewing, and even a Bunning's workshop. If interested, contact Allison on 3181 7614.
Sept 2015 Community jury
The community jury is coming up for its five-year anniversary. It is the first research-focused 'citizens jury' in Australia, and was set up with the help of the late, great Prof Gavin Mooney.
Aug 2015 20th anniversary
We celebrated the 20th anniversary of our health service with a gathering in our ground-level car park, attended by 200 staff and community members. It is 20 years since Dr Noel Hayman was asked to start an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service within the Inala Community Health Centre. One of the first things he did was recruit Sr Nola White!
May 2015 Research in the clinic
Visitors to our clinic waiting room may notice a few extra research staff hanging around this month. Researchers include locals Corey Kirk and Sissy Tyson. Our projects involving patients in the waiting room include: kids with ear infections; adults getting health checks (looking at depression and anxiety); and health literacy (how much information about health gets understood).
May 2015 Community jury
We only ever take on a research project if , in the long run, it helps our patients. The community jury is best placed to decide this, so no research gets done unless they approve it. The research must be able to provide evidence about treatments or systems which will improve the life of our patients.
April 2015 HEAL program We are running another HEAL program - 'My Health, My Mob', starting 14 April and running for ten weeks. Each week has a 2-hour morning session of exercise and health education. If you have diabetes or a chronic heart or lung condition, you may be eligible. Contact Rick Brewster-Webb, via reception.
March 2015 Ear infection trial We have enrolled our first few children in the WATCH trial. This research aims to discover whether antibiotics are helpful for ear infections in children aged 2-12 years. We'll let you know the results when we find out!
February 2015 United Nations special guest Dr Noel Hayman has had the honour of being asked to address the United Nations in Geneva. He talked about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, as part of the UN's focus on the health status of First Nations people around the world.
Nov 2014 Aboriginal diggers' memorial Dr Noel Hayman is a proud co-patron (along with The Honorable Quentin Bryce) of a project to build a memorial in Brisbane's Anzac Square. This statue will commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women who served in all of Australia's armed conflicts. More information at and we encourage you to consider a donation.
Nov 2014 Aboriginal diggers' memorial Dr Noel Hayman is a proud co-patron (along with The Honorable Quentin Bryce) of a project to build a memorial in Brisbane's Anzac Square. This statue will commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women who served in all of Australia's armed conflicts. More information at and we encourage you to consider a donation.
Oct 2014 Ear infection trial Australia has helpful guidelines for how to treat middle-ear infections in Aboriginal children in remote communities (usually with antibiotics) and for non-Aboriginal children (usually no antibiotics), but we lack evidence as to whether we should use antibiotics for Aboriginal children living in cities like Brisbane. We are about to start a 2-year trial to answer this question, and will offer this to parents of children aged 2-16 years who attend our service with an ear infection.
11 Oct 2014 'No Advertising Please' campaign launch

Three of our doctors (Justin, Geoff and Warren) were part of a group of 25 people who launched a campaign aimed at providing information for doctors to discourage them from inviting pharmaceutical sales representatives ('drug reps') into their surgery. The 'No Advertising Please' campaign was started by Dr Justin Coleman and featured on television, radio and almost 50 media articles around Australia and internationally.

May 2014 Research projects galore!

We currently have 21 research projects either underway or in the planning phase. This is a remarkable effort from a single health service and research team. Every project has been given the go-ahead by our Community Jury. This his bodes well for the future health care of our patients and also of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples around Australia.

April 2014 Community garden first pickings

Visitors will have noticed our small-but-much-loved garden outside our waiting room. This is the result of our community garden committee, a lot of sweat and surprisingly few tears. Uncle Graham Mason ceremonially picked the first produce, and our dietitian/nutritionists have already used the pickings for healthy food education...yum!

April 2014
Medical students give thumbs up

Thanks to all patients who allow medical students to sit in on their consultations. This year one of our research projects is interviewing these UQ, Griffith and Bond University students 'before and after' their placement. In short, they love being here. As one said recently, "Every student should do a placement here."

Jan 2014 Dr Hayman's award

Dr Noel Hayman has been awarded the 2013 UQ Gatton Gold Medal. Dr Hayman graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (food technology) from Gatton campus, then called Qld Agricultural College in 1979. Click here for details of the award.

13-17 Jan 2014 Indigenous Youth Sports Program

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to apply for a five-day sports program to be held at University of Queensland in mid January. This has been an enjoyable annual event since the first one got washed out by the Brisbane floods! Email John Brady at for an application form, or phone him on (07) 3648 9500

Wed 4 Dec 2013 Launch of 2014 Calendar

Our health service has a grand tradition of producing a high quality calendar each year. Many thousands of these full colour calandars grace the walls of staff, supporters and patients. We are officially launching the 2014 version at the Inala Community Health Centre on 4 December.

Thurs 21 Nov Community cup

The annual footy cup between the Inala community and the Inala Police team saw a hard-fought battle on the Glenala State High School oval. Congratulations to the Police team, which got up on the day. Thanks to all the organisers for running such an enjoyable event.

Fri 19 Jul Official Building Opening and new funding

Our new Centre of Excellence was officially opened by the Hon Lawrence Springborg, Queensland Minister for Health. Hundreds were on hand to hear the announcement of $10.5 million to double the size of our new building in the future.

Jun 2013 New premises

We have moved!

Our clinic is now located at 37 Wirraway Pde, just opposite our old clinic. We haven't emptied out of the old building; some of our Allied Health workers will still operate out of the ground floor of the Community Health Centre. Pop in and pay us a visit!

May 2013 Centre of Excellence

At last! Our health service is about to move into the new purpose-built premises over the road from our home at the Community Health Centre. All the staff are looking forward to the extra space, and our patients are looking forward to the flash new waiting room and garden courtyard. We just hope you won't have to spend quite as much time waiting!

Apr 2013 Glass Art

Our two magnificent, commissioned walls of glass have been put into the Centre of Excellence. Both were designed by local Aboriginal artists. Pop over to have a look.

Apr 2013 Preventative Health Workshops

Thanks to AICHS Woolloongabba and IUIH for helping Dr Justin Coleman run a workshop on how to use a new preventative health guide. Dr Coleman co-authored the National Guide to a Preventative Health Assessment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and 13 'how-to' workshops have been held around Australia.

Dec 2012 Centre of Excellence Despite some delays, the Centre of Excellence building over the road has progressed to the stage where most of the external structure is complete. Now to add all those fiddly bits inside!
Dec 2012 Seasons Greetings! We wish all the staff, patients and friends of Inala Indigenous Health Service a very merry Christmas. Stay safe over the New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2013.
Dec 2012 Death of Prof Gavin Mooney We are shocked to hear of the murder of Prof Gavin Mooney and his wife Dr Del Weston, in Tasmania. Prof Mooney was instrumental in setting up our community jury, and facilitated our first jury meeting. As Australia's leading health economist, he worked tirelessly throughout his career for social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Rest in peace.
Nov 2012 Police vs youth footy match

The 'One Community Cup' football competition between the Inala police and Indigenous community stands at one win each. The exciting deciding game will be held on 25 November. Contact Corey Kirk for details.

Sept 2012 Use up your dental payments Medicare has announced that all dental plans must be spent by 1 December 2012. Any of the $4200 left unspent after that date will not be paid.
7 Sept 2012 Dental payment ending

Friday 7 September is the last day that Medicare will allow the creation of a plan to get free dental care. All plans already in place must be spent by December 2012.

24 Aug 2012 Medical Writers' Conference Dr Noel Hayman is presenting the story of Inala Indigenous Health to the annual conference of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA). Dr Justin Coleman is the AMWA President.
Aug 2012 Women's Group activities

Interested in scrapbooking, cooking or water aerobics? Women of all ages are invited to participate. Phone Allison Lacey on 3275 5388


Aug 2012  New doctor We welcome Dr Rebecca Farley, who will start work in the clinic in August. Rebecca is a GP who has been working 'upstairs' in the Inala Community Primary Care practice, so she is familiar with Inala.
Aug 2012

Website launched!

Inala Indigenous Health Service launched its new website, which aims to help patients find out what's going on, and to introduce our service to community groups, researchers and the interested public. The website was written by one of our doctors, Dr Justin Coleman 


Go to Toptop of page


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.

Website editor Justin Coleman

Last updated: 4 November 2015