THE GP Down South Peel Mobile Health Service will get a further year’s funding thanks to local MLAs David Templeman and Robyn Clarke, and the Shire of Waroona.
Mandurah MLA Mr Templeman said he understood a review by South Metropolitan Area Heath Service last year recommended funding discontinue for the service.
He said the former State Government had failed to provide any funding in the budget beyond June 30 this year.
“In securing a further year in funding for the service, areas such as Mandurah, Pinjarra and Waroona will continue to receive a range of health services,’’ he said.
Murray Wellington MLA Mrs Clarke said last year’s Yarloop fires had taken an emotional and psychological toll on many people in Waroona.
“The mental health services provided by Peel Mobile Health Service provided a valuable role addressing the trauma caused by the fires and rebuilding the social resilience of the community,’’ she said.
“Waroona chief executive Ian Curley said there was $450,000 remaining unspent waste facility funding from the State Government expiring on June 30.
“The Shire’s funding is to be repurposed for a range of local projects to support rehabilitation, capacity and resilience of building programs, health assistance and bushfire preparedness to help the community and includes funding the Peel Mobile Health Service for an extra year.
“A one-off grant agreement to the Waroona Shire will allow the service to focus on continuing post-fire recovery trauma and depression following the fires.”
Mrs Clarke said she had secured a guarantee from WA Health that all existing WA Health service providers who currently worked with the Peel Mobile Health Service, including the Peel Child and Adolescent Mental Health service, Peel-Rockingham Mental Health Service, Community Health dieticians and Moorditk Djena Podiatry and Diabetes service would continue to service patients in the Peel in the future.