Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
New Health And Wellbeing Centre For Peel Region
Victor P Taffa
Health Minister Kim Hames was today joined by elders and community members to officially open Nidjalla Waangan Mia a dedicated Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Centre for the Peel Region.
The Centre, which includes a Primary Health Care Service, is part of the $3.4 Million Stage 2 Redevelopment of the Mandurah Community Health Centre on Lakes Road.
Dr. Hames said the opening of the facility was a positive step forward in improving access to mainstream health services for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the region.
“Nidjalla Waangan Mia will ultimately deliver a comprehensive range of services in a culturally appropriate centre to address the health needs of the community.”
“In addition to GP primary care services, the local community will have access to chronic disease management and education services; sexual health; maternal, child and youth health; allied health; mental health and well being; dental; outreach services; and referral and transport support.” the Minister said
“The centre is the result of collaboration between the community, South Metropolitan Area Health Service, GP Down South, Winjan Aboriginal Corporation and Waangkininy Health in Peel and it is therefore significant that we celebrate this new service during NAIDOC Week.”
The centre also receives support from other agencies including Child and Adolescent Community Health Services, the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health at The University of Western Australia and the PaRK Mental Health Service.
“I further acknowledge the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes for funding to support health care provision at Nidjalla Waangan Mia.” the Minister said.
The completion of the redevelopment fulfils a Government promise to accommodate all branches of community health in the Mandurah and Peel Region at one site.