New health cen­tre boost

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Emily Sharp

A bright new health cen­tre aimed at pro­vid­ing ser­vices for all mem­bers of the Rock­ing­ham com­mu­nity re­cently opened with help from a ma­jor Lot­tery­west grant.

A pri­mary health ser­vice in Rock­ing­ham, 360 Health + Com­mu­nity was able to re­lo­cate and con­struct a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity af­ter re­ceiv­ing $96,545 worth of fund­ing.

Or­gan­i­sa­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Hersey said 360 Health + Com­mu­nity was ex­tremely grate­ful, with the grant money help­ing pro­vide ser­vices for Rock­ing­ham peo­ple who needed them most.

“We’ve gone from an an old for­mer aged care fa­cil­ity to a pur­pose-built health cen­tre — to be able to give the staff and the clients the fa­cil­ity that they de­serve is bril­liant,” he said.

“There is greater de­mand for our ser­vices, so hav­ing some­one like Lot­tery­west come along has been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“I think it’s a great com­mu­nity out­come that we are here and up and run­ning — it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion has been op­er­at­ing in the Rock­ing­ham/ Kwinana area for 10 years from Chal­lenger Lodge.

The new fa­cil­ity in­cludes 10 con­sul­tancy rooms and a board­room, along with of­fices for sup­port staff and a re­cep­tion area.

Since open­ing in April, the cen­tre has al­ready helped more than 1800 clients and de­liv­ered 3363 ser­vices with a team of 34 al­ter­nat­ing staff.

“Not only does it pro­vide a fan­tas­tic pur­pose-built en­vi­ron­ment for our grant­funded clients, it is also a cen­tre where we be­lieve that peo­ple who can af­ford to con­trib­ute to the cost of their health care would be much hap­pier to do so,” Mr Hersey said.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing as we try to move for­ward in these eco­nomic times to act as a so­cial en­ter­prise gen­er­at­ing some funds to sup­port our ser­vices — pro­fes­sional- look­ing sites mov­ing away from the not-for-profit image is crit­i­cal. “Our ser­vices in Rock­ing­ham are re­ally fo­cused around men­tal health, well­ness and chronic dis­ease and in terms of the de­mand for ser­vices, they are more than ever.”

The new 360 Health + Com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity is based at 14-16 Com­modore Drive in Rock­ing­ham and will be of­fi­cially un­veiled by Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook on Fri­day.

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

Photo avail­able at west­ 360 Health + Com­mu­nity chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Hersey with Rock­ing­ham team mem­bers Leah Doyle and Jayne Car­ney.

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