Mim O’Flynn, Nurse, Fibroscan expert at the Kombi Clinic and HESTA Award winner.
So much has happened with Kombi Clinic since we won your very generous award. HESTA’s recognition gave Kombi Clinic a national profile – something that would never have happened at that time without the acknowledgement the award provided.
We initially used the prize money to purchase a laptop for our data and an iPad for client outreach survey use with the Kombi Clinic. The balance of the money was used to cover general operating costs and merchandise such as our Kombi bucket hats.
In late 2018 Dr Matt Young, Dr Joss O’Loan and I were able to purchase a bright yellow second hand 1975 Volkswagen Kombi called Lucy Sunshine – a more reliable van to take out weekly.
Kombi Clinic bucket hat and van.
The national profile given to us through the award enabled us to build our social media platform and would you believe the Kombi Clinic now has international recognition?
In fact, I was fortunate enough to attend two international Hepatitis C conferences in late 2019 and present in Montreal, Canada on the work we do amongst the homeless and marginalised.
Dr Joss and I also received a global award in Valencia, Spain for inspiring the meeting attendees with our outreach work!
All of this as we work towards Hepatitis C elimination, leaving no one behind.
"Most recently we’ve started working in Queensland Corrections to blitz individual facilities with the new Cepheid GeneXpert point of care testing portable machine, that provides a result from fingerstick in one hour!"
Most definitely! Receiving the HESTA award has truly changed lives and outcomes in so many ways. It’s very generous and provides wonderful recognition to individuals and groups that devote themselves to improving the health and wellbeing of other Australians.
Winning the HESTA award has provided the Kombi Clinic with a platform to go forward and do so much more for people that need our assistance.