Health clinic re­branded

RE­MOVES STIGMA OF AT­TEND­ING

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

FRE­MAN­TLE Hos­pi­tal’s sex­ual health clinic has un­der­gone a makeover in an at­tempt to get more young peo­ple through the doors.

The newly branded South Ter­race Clinic has re­ceived a colour­ful lick of paint and a move to a new lo­ca­tion in A Block, giv­ing pa­tients ac­cess to its ser­vices with­out hav­ing to walk through the hos­pi­tal.

Sex­ual Health con­sul­tant Dr Lewis Mar­shall said on top of be­ing eas­ier to lo­cate, the new name was cho­sen to re­duce the stigma as­so­ci­ated with at­tend­ing the ser­vice.

“The move to the front of the hos­pi­tal on South Ter­race has en­abled the clinic to be­come a more youth-friendly stand-alone ser­vice,” he said.

“Peo­ple un­der the age of 25 ac­count for two thirds of all no­ti­fi­ca­tions for chlamy­dia in the State, so they are a high risk tar­get group that need ser­vices and it is im­por­tant the South Ter­race Clinic is able to ad­e­quately re­spond to their needs.

“Un­for­tu­nately STIs still have a stigma as­so­ci­ated with them so a neu­tral sound­ing name was con­sid­ered im­por­tant to pro­vide some anonymi- ty for those us­ing the clinic or those seek­ing the clinic’s lo­ca­tion and ser­vices.”

A walk-in clinic will run ev­ery Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to al­low peo­ple un­der 26 the chance to be seen with­out an ap­point­ment.

All ser­vices at the clinic are free, in­clud­ing di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment, and a Medi­care card is not needed. It is in Fre­man­tle Hos­pi­tal’s A Block and can be called on 9431 2149.

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Nurse Jan-Marie Gran­tham, Dr Lewis Mar­shall and nurse prac­ti­tioner Donna Keeley.

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