Sometimes going to the doctors' clinic can be a little nerve-racking, but a Gunnedah organisation is hoping to address this issue by offering free, confidential sexual health checks.
Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation will host a pop-up clinic on Tuesday, July 28, from 10.30am-2.30pm to encourage residents to have a check-up because many sexual health and blood-borne virus infections have no symptoms.
Urine and blood samples will be conducted, and tests will be coded so no names, and no Medicare information is needed. Details will be kept as a Clinic 468 record on file.
The pop-up clinic at Gunida Gunyah's building on Farrar Road will be one of the last events held in the location as the community organisation prepares to moving to the CBD later in the year.
Gunida Gunyah's chief executive officer Jane Bender said the move would increase the organisation's capacity to service the community, and would "improve accessibility and enable the corporation to have a stronger physical presence in Gunnedah".
She said it was a big decision to relocate after so many years of being located at the Farrar Road site.
"When our core focus was just housing the site on Farrar Road, it was perfect, but now that we are delivering community services it just makes sense to relocate to a more suitable and accessible location in town," Ms Bender said.
"The method behind the madness has been well thought-out and the board of directors backed the move 100 per cent."
Ms Bender said Gunida Gunyah has received funding from the Aboriginal Housing Office for the operational costs of the new services.
"Gunida Gunyah will now continue to work with stakeholders to secure funding to redevelop the facility to be fit for purpose," she said.
It is hoped the refurbishment will be finished by late October or early November.