A NEW mobile health service for those in isolated areas of the Peel region was launched by Health Minister Kim Hames this morning.
The Peel Mobile Health Service, a modified vehicle capable of operating at a range of locations including sites without water, will provide health and health promotion services to the communities of Pinjarra, Waroona, Boddington, Serpentine and Jarrahdale.
It is a joint initiative between WA Health, the Peel Health Foundation and GP Down South – a general practice network in the Peel and South West region.
Dr Hames said the Peel Mobile Health Service was an excellent example of government and non-government sectors working together to increase health outcomes in a particular region.
“Through its fundraising efforts, the Peel Health Foundation raised more than $220,000 to purchase and modify this vehicle,” he said.
Dr Hames said WA Health would provide $140,000 per year for five years to fund the service.
“GP Down South has been chosen to be the provider of these services, which makes it a three-way collaborative effort, with everyone working together to fill gaps in health care in the Peel region,” he said.
After the proceedings on Friday, Michelle Prichard, representing four local Rotary Clubs including Pinjarra, presented the Foundation with a $16,000 cheque.
Ms Prichard said there were plans to contribute more funds in the near future.
Peel Health Foundation chairman John Perry said it was wonderful to see all of the local clubs working together for the good of the wider community.
The Peel Mobile Health Service is fitted out with state-of the-art medical and clinical equipment for the delivery of services in areas such as: mental health and youth suicide; chronic disease management and education; women’s health and children’s health; Aboriginal health; dental health and medical services.
The Peel Mobile Health Service will begin operation in August, with services expanding over the following six months.