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Thousands use first nurse-run service

Australia’s first nurse-led health centre well received by public.

Eight weeks after opening its doors, Australia’s first public nurse-led walk-in centre has provided advice or treatment to more than 2000 people.

The walk-in centre at Canberra Hospital opened to the public on 18 May, offering fast, free, one-off advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and injuries.

The greatest users of the service so far have been people aged 18 to 35 years, said ACT Minister for Health Katy Gallagher.

"The nurses at the centre have provided advice or treatment to more than 2400 people, and the data so far has been very positive,” she said.

"People with respiratory tract infections have been the most common type of presentation to the centre, followed by people seeking treatment for minor wounds.

"Word of mouth is spreading about the service as people use the Walk-in Centre and then recommend it on to others.”

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