Women’s Interests Minister Robyn McSweeney has opened the new Womens Health and Family Services premises in Northbridge.
The not-for-profit organisation has been providing services for West Australian women and their families since 1977 and is a fully integrated primary health care organisation.
As part of the New Northbridge project, EPRA contributed the land at 227 Newcastle Street at no cost to assist with the development of this new purpose-built facility. The final development, including the restoration of three heritage buildings on the site, was completed with $4.1million of funding from Lotterywest.
“It is fitting to be opening this new facility for women, in this important centenary celebratory year of International Women’s Day celebrations held in March - where we can highlight the valuable work Womens Health and Family Services provides to WA women and their families,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“Personal and family health has always been an issue of fundamental importance to women and this service will continue to provide women with a comprehensive range of programs in both the Perth metropolitan and regional areas of our State.”
The purpose-built facility was made possible by $4.1million in Lotterywest funding from the State Government and offers a range of programs including the Aboriginal Health Women's Project; Family and Domestic Violence Services; health and nutrition and medical services with a doctor or nurse.
“Women of our State were not always so fortunate in having a valuable service such as this as the circumstances in the early days of the settlement of Western Australia were very different and a mere 100 years ago, women knew little about their own bodies,” the Minister said.
“Health services, particularly for women in rural and regional WA, did not exist and as a result, if women became ill themselves, it usually had life threatening consequences.“Through organisations such as the Womens Health and Family Services centre, the quest for better health and wellbeing remains at the forefront.”
The Womens Health and Family Services premise is located at 227 Newcastle Street, Northbridge and can be contacted by calling (08) 9227 8122 or toll-free 1800 998 399 outside the Perth metropolitan area.