Group achieves 40th milestone
IN 1972, Family Planning Queensland was speaking out on taboo sexual health matters and supporting women and at-risk groups.
The not-for-profit group today celebrates its 40th birthday and an ongoing record of representation and support.
Ipswich clinic staff yesterday hosted an open day at their new Limestone St premises to mark both their move and the group's birthday.
"We were at the forefront of sexual health in Queensland when we were founded 40 years ago," Ipswich clinic co-ordinator Sonya Megram said.
"There's been a change in terms of what's taboo, but we're still here to help people."
Ms Megram said the clinic's all-female staff and clients were enjoying the larger space.
"We've been very busy over the last month, since we've moved (from Bell St)," Ms Megram said.
"We've got an extra clinic room, and I think people are starting to notice the clinic; it's in a very central area."
The Ipswich clinic is one of nine and will celebrate its 37th birthday this August.
"We opened about three years after the organisation was founded," Ms Megram said.
"There was definitely a need then for us in Ipswich, and there still is now. There's a high proportion of young people in Ipswich; about 40% of the population is under 25."
"We're here for people of all ages, but we are focused on targeting younger people."
"Some of the issues we help young people with are to do with unplanned pregnancy and sexual health checks.
"We operate as a training facility for doctors and nurses to learn about birth and sexual health, and we have an education co-ordinator who teaches people in the community about a range of health topics."
The Ipswich clinic is now at 54 Limestone St, and readers can phone 3281 4088 to find out more.
WHAT FPQ OFFERS
- Contraception information and supply
- Sexual health checks
- Pregnancy planning
- Training for doctors, nurses and disability workers
- Education programs and community involvement