New facility increases access to children's health care in Serpentine

Shire president Michelle Rich with Child and Adolescent Health Service Serpentine site nurse Sue Luskan at the newly opened clinic. Photo: Supplied.
Shire president Michelle Rich with Child and Adolescent Health Service Serpentine site nurse Sue Luskan at the newly opened clinic. Photo: Supplied.

Parents and children in Serpentine will now have better access to health care closer to home with the opening of the Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Operating out of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale's St John's Ambulance Hall, the service will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Wednesdays.

The Child and Adolescent Health Service has been providing primary health care to parents and children within the Shire at the Byford Child Health Clinic at its Park Road facility for more than 30 years.

With significant population growth in the region over the past five years, the service identified a need for an additional facility to support the growing demand.

Last year, the Serpentine Jarrahdale council approved an annual operating subsidy of more than $10,000 over the next five years to make the facility possible.

The hall had to be upgraded before the clinic was opened on June 29.

Shire President Michelle Rich said council was pleased to be supporting such a valuable service, and hoped it could be further expanded in the future.

"Having services in both Byford and Serpentine means there is greater access to health care at locations closer to where people live," she said.

"Parents in our southern locations will no longer need to travel Byford for the service, which is a huge benefit for our community."

Child and Adolescent Health Service Serpentine site nurse Sue Luskan said they looked forward to seeing more clients at the new facility.

"The [new] service is available to all families and provides support to optimise the health, wellbeing and development of children," she said.

"Services include growth and developmental assessments, targeted programs and referral to other services where needed."

The Child and Adolescent Health Service Clinic is located at the corner of Wellard Street and Richardson Street in Serpentine. For more information, call 9525 1180.