New BSWA clinic opens in Wanneroo
BreastScreen WA opens new clinic in Wanneroo
The Hon. Dr Kim Hames, Minister for Health cuts the ribbon on the new mammogram unit at the Wanneroo Clinic. Pictured from left…. Mr Paul Miles, MLA Member for Wanneroo; Dr Liz Wylie, Medical Director, BreastScreen WA; The Honourable Dr Kim Hames, Minister for Health; Mayor Tracey Roberts, City of Wanneroo; and Dr Peter Wynn Owen, Executive Director, Women and Newborn Health Service.
The Honourable Dr Kim Hames, Minister for Health, cut the pink ribbon to open the new BreastScreen WA (BSWA) clinic at the Wanneroo ECU Health Centre on 28 October 2015.
The new site has replaced the Joondalup Clinic and provides easier access to screening mammograms for local women with an additional screening unit, ample free parking, easy access to public transport and improved facilities for women with disabilities.
Madeley resident Bettine Heathcote said the new location would be beneficial for women living in and around Wanneroo. “Being a lot more central, and closer, means there’s no excuse for me not to make an appointment,” Ms Heathcote said.
“Wanneroo is a very settled area and there are a number of older people living in and around the town, I think it will be more convenient and encouraging for many.”
The female population aged 40 to 74 years in the Joondalup-Wanneroo district is expected to grow by more than 12,000 from 70,756 as estimated in 2014 to 82,980 in 2021. (Source: Western Australian Planning Commission (WA Tomorrow 2015 Population Report No. 10).
BreastScreen WA Medical Director Dr Liz Wylie said she was pleased with the new location and hoped it would encourage more women to get screened.
“Our new clinic location will make it easier for women to get to their appointments, whether by car or public transport, we look forward to seeing even more women in this growing catchment booking in for their screening,” Dr Wylie said.
BSWA provides free breast screening mammograms to WA women aged 40 years and over, but specifically targets women aged 50-74 years who are invited to attend a screening mammogram appointment every two years.
Bettine Heathcote books her next appointment at the new Wanneroo Clinic with receptionist Karen Richards.