Biala clinic scale-back bad for sex workers: Prostitution Licensing Authority

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"Some GPs are just not comfortable with sex workers," Dr van Lieshout said.

The Prostitution Licensing Authority has taken aim at the state government’s decision to scale back a Brisbane sexual health clinic, saying GPs were often ill-equipped to deal with sex workers’ needs.

In the government regulator’s 2013-14 annual report, tabled in Queensland Parliament last week, PLA chairman Manus Boyce said cuts to the Biala House sexual health clinic had noticeably impacted sex workers.

Thirty-two Biala medical employees, including doctors and nurses, were made redundant last year after the Metro North Hospital and Health Service decided sexual health advice and treatment could be provided elsewhere.

“This has meant a greater reliance by sex workers on general practitioners for sexual health checks,” Mr Boyce said.

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