July 31, 2019
Mobile clinics could offer gout relief
Arthritis New Zealand says a plan by Northland doctor Lance O'Sullivan to roll out a network of up to 200 mobile medical clinics could help large numbers of Māori and Pacific with gout arthritis get diagnosis and treatment.
Dr O'Sullivan believes the current primary healthcare model isn't working.
He wants to put the clinics in high needs health areas.
They will be run by nurses and community health workers who will have access to GPs when needed.
Arthritis New Zealand acting chief executive Rob Mitchell says many people simply can’t take the time off work or from personal responsibilities to take care of their health needs.
He says improving the management of gout arthritis through effective consumer engagement and education can save the country money.
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