New Centre Opens For TB Control

New Centre Opens For TB Control

Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

New $1.4 Million Facility For Tuberculosis And Humanitarian Patients Opens

Victor P Taffa

Health Minister Kim Hames today opened Western Australia’s new $1.4 Million, State-of-the Art Centre for Tuberculosis Control and Humanitarian Entrant Health, which will benefit about 6,500 adults and children each year.

Dr. Hames said the facility, named the ‘Anita Clayton Centre’, would replace the Perth Chest Clinic as the centre for the WA Tuberculosis Control Program and the Humanitarian Entrant Health Service.

“This ‘one-stop-shop’, located at 311 Wellington Street, Perth, will provide care to about 6,500 patients each year, with doctors and nurses, medications, x-rays and specimen collection all available at the one site. This is particularly important for many of the clients who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.” the Minister said.

 

“The Perth Chest Clinic in Murray Street has served West Australians and migrants well for 62 years and this new dedicated facility, also centrally located, will enable clients to easily access health care.”

“As 2010 is ‘International Year of the Nurse’, it is fitting that we have named the centre after Anita Clayton who retired as Senior Nurse in 2007 after dedicating 28 years to the Perth Chest Clinic.” Dr. Hames said.

The Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program is responsible for screening and managing people with TB infection and screening people at high risk of the disease. TB is caused by a bacterium, which usually affects the lungs and can be highly debilitating if left untreated.

Dr. Justin Waring, Medical Director for the TB Control Program, said the new centre highlighted the importance of Managing TB in WA.

“Fortunately, TB is rare in Australia, with about 100 cases reported each year in WA, but to maintain arguably the best TB control in the world, it’s vital to have this comprehensive facility available to quickly and easily screen and treat patients.” Dr. Waring said.

Dr. Aesen Thambiran, Medical Director for the Humanitarian Entrant Health Service, is also keen to start seeing patients in the new centre.

“The Humanitarian Entrant Health Service is available to all newly-settled refugees and identifies and treats a wide range of diseases, physical and mental health issues that may impact on their settlement in WA.  Having this comprehensive centre means we can help these families better integrate into our community.” Dr. Thambiran said.