Date published: June 1, 2013
Journal code: QLNR
Last year, Biala Sexual Health Clinic received the highest number of new HIV cases on record- yet in March this year, Metro North HHS announced it would close Clinic 1 and reduce HIV services in Clinic 2.
This drew a powerful community backlash, with more than 250 people attending a QNU community protest rally and more than 3500 signing the online petition protesting against the closure.
The Biala Clinic is the states largest sexual health clinic and treats over 11,000 people each year, including more than 700 HIV patients.
Following a QNU-led community campaign against the cuts, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg called an urgent meeting of the Ministerial Advisory Council for HIV (MAC) and put a hold on the job cuts.
The minister announced the state government would commission research company Deloitte to conduct a review of Biala's services. The findings of this report were due 24 May but had not been delivered at time of going to press.
QNU members have been active in letterboxing 30,000 postcards across the electorates of Ashgrove and Brisbane to raise awareness of the closure.
Members are also doorknocking local businesses in the inner city and northern suburbs to talk about the effect these job losses are having on local communities.