With 60,000 health services delivered last year, Griffith University’s Health Clinics are possibly the University’s largest community engagement vehicle.
Executive Officer Peter Westwood says services are offered across three sites – Griffith’s Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses plus the Warwick Hospital. Plans to open a trainee dentistry clinic at Kingaroy during 2017 are also underway.
Disciplines are as varied as psychology, dentistry, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology and speech pathology.
“At our Gold Coast dentistry clinic alone, we see around 1,000 patients per week,” Mr Westwood says.
“The primary drawcard isn’t service affordability – although we do offer remarkably affordable healthcare options – it’s the quality of our services, our state of the art facilities, the fact we embrace latest techniques, employ world-renowned researchers and offer best practice teaching methods.
“We have leading teaching clinicians supervising the treatment delivered by our students, many these staff also run private practices through our clinics which link to Medicare, concession cards and private health insurance.”
World class facilities and staff aside, Mr Westwood says the clinics’ greatest asset is the students.