CheckUp Australia is our June Member of the Month!
Each month we will be highlighting the value and diversity of our members and the fantastic work they do in the community mental health sector.
Read on below to learn more about CheckUp.
Please tell us a little bit about your organisation.
CheckUP is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to better health for people and communities who need it most. We work with our partner organisations and health providers to create healthier communities and reduce health inequities. Through our current range of health programs and initiatives, CheckUP has an established footprint in 190 communities across Queensland.
What are three words to describe your organisation?
How/why/when did your organisation get started?
In 1998 the health system was fragmented with hospitals, GPs and primary healthcare services looking for ways to better work together. In this environment, the Queensland Divisions of General Practice (QDGP) was formed and completes its first official year as an incorporated body aimed at providing support and advocacy for Queensland’s 20 Divisions of General Practice at state and national levels.
On 1 July 2007 Queensland Divisions of General Practice officially became General Practice Queensland (GPQ). The journey to a new company structure does not change the mission and values of the organisation and programs and collaborations continued to deliver results.
On 1 January 2013, General Practice Queensland started trading as CheckUP. This was a significant milestone for the organisation, which started the year with a new Board of Directors, 45 Foundation Members and a clear vision for the future.
What inspires your work and what sets your organisation apart from everyone else?
CheckUP is an organisation that aims to provide better health for people and communities that need it most by creating healthier communities and reducing health inequities.
Where does your organisation provide services? What type of services are offered?
CheckUP leads a strong and effective consortium, through our Outreach Services, delivering much needed medical services to urban, rural and remote locations and high-need populations throughout Queensland. CheckUP is the jurisdictional fund holder for the Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF), Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP), Healthy Ears – Better Hearing, Better Listening (HE-BH,BL), Visiting Optometry Scheme (VOS) and Eye and Ears Surgical Support Services (EESSS) initiatives in Queensland.
In late 2019, CheckUP commenced working with communities in remote Northern Territory to provide much needed allied health services to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with a disability in remote schools. In addition to this initiative in the NT, CheckUP also deliver similar services to students in remote communities across Queensland.
Most recently, CheckUP has been appointed to coordinate a number of health workforce programs. These exciting new initiatives are being implemented by the organisation across Queensland. The programs bring together the range of initiatives that support the Queensland health sector to plan for, build and develop a capable and sustainable local health
CheckUP also coordinates a number of networks, events and other initiatives. Our Queensland Primary Health Care Network (QPHCN) meetings have been running for ten years. These meetings cover an array of topics from Reconciliation to Mental Health and more. Our QPHCN meetings are held quarterly and are well attended by our members and stakeholders alike.
Each year, CheckUP’s signature event, the CheckUP Outreach Forum, brings people from all areas of the health sector together to hear from industry thought leaders and engage in valuable conversations, connections and learnings.
For the past three years, CheckUP has coordinated the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW); an annual awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing. CheckUP works with a number of other organisations to coordinate the week every year.
Currently, CheckUP are also delivering the following initiatives; Hear Better See Clearer, Men’s Health Matters, NDIS Access for All and Queensland Genomics for GPs.
In the training and education space, CheckUP offer Mental Health Skills Training and Focussed Psychological Strategies training for GPs.
For more information on the above programs and initiatives visit the website: www.checkup.org.au
How many employees do you have? How many offices, and where are they located?
CheckUP currently has 32 staff members located in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and Longreach.
How has your organisation changed over the last few years – and what has driven this change?
CheckUP in all of its iterations has always remained focussed on improving the health outcomes of Queenslander’s who need it most. Over the past few years our focus has broadened beyond specialist treatment of patients to further include allied health services, schools and further education pathways for school leavers.
We continue to coordinate well-established networks, such as the QPHCN.
Looking forward, what do you see as the main challenges/opportunities for your organisation, and why?
CheckUP will continue to work in partnership with our many members and stakeholders towards closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Tell us something about your organisation that most people wouldn’t know?
As mentioned previously, CheckUP has been rebranded a number of times from QDGP to GPQ and now currently CheckUP. In 2018 the organisation celebrated a milestone event, 20 years of operation. Throughout this time the organisations focus has remained strong and true with the health outcomes of Queenslanders at the centre.
In 2009 CheckUP begun working on its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). For over a decade, we have aimed to contribute positively and influence issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well being. We recognise the need to adopt culturally appropriate ways of engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We advocate for appropriate, accessible health care for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Queensland. Since the launch of the Reflect RAP in 2013, CheckUP has also launched the next level Innovate RAP in 2016 and in 2020 will launch our next RAP, the Stretch RAP. We continue to work with our members and stakeholders to encourage them to begin their RAP journey.
If there are any upcoming events or information you would like us to promote, please provide details (e.g. date, time, venue, weblink).
Our next QPHCN will be held on June 1 and is open to members and stakeholders. This event will be delivered online and take place during National Reconciliation Week on the topic ‘Reconciliation – In this together.’ Attendees will have the opportunity to break out into networking groups at the end of the session.
Following this, we will be hosting our next QPHCN on 27 August with the topic of Mental Health.
Keep an eye out on our Events page for all upcoming events.
Website – www.checkup.org.au
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