Christa Riegler, chief executive of the Freo Street Doctor Mobile Health Clinic said last week that the Willagee service was always busy each Monday from 9.30am-12.30pm, but van staff had experienced higher than normal demand as locals took advantage of simultaneous pop-up trial services.
The free services, which include a podiatry clinic and Centrelink and Department of Housing outreach staff, began a three-month trial in March at the Willagee community centre and library on Archibald Street.
A City of Melville spokeswoman said while it was too early to speak about statistics a month after the trial began, it had been well received by those who attended.
�We expect that as more people hear about the services through various networks and word of mouth, that the numbers will naturally rise each month,� she said.
�At the end of the trial we will be able to provide an update and hopefully confirm the service is extended if it is sufficiently patronised.�
The street doctor has been visiting Willagee since 2009 and is one of nine clinics across seven locations in the Cities of Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville.
�The Willagee clinic sees a higher number of families and children than our other clinics, and consequently also sees less homeless patients,� Ms Riegler said.
The two most common primary presenting conditions are cardiac and optical care, which differs from the service�s overall primary presenting conditions across all clinics, which are skin rash and mental health.
A third of patients are aged between 45-65 and 15 per cent are between 5-14, and 35 per cent are indigenous.
Willagee was chosen as a location as it was one of the lowest socio-economic suburbs in Melville.
The street doctor�s primary target groups when established in Fremantle in 2002 were homeless and at-risk populations including young people, indigenous Australians, people with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health illness, people with little or no income, and drug users.