MPs told of health concerns

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South Coastal Health and Community Services and South Coastal Babbingur Mia staff with Health Minister Roger Cook during the tour last week.
Camera IconSouth Coastal Health and Community Services and South Coastal Babbingur Mia staff with Health Minister Roger Cook during the tour last week. Credit: Pierra Willix

Highlighting current concerns and gaps in critical health services was on the agenda with three politicians last week when they visited South Coastal Health and Community Services and South Coastal Babbingur Mia.

Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook, as well as Brand MP Madeline King and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, attended meetings with the organisation last Friday, to listen to the Aboriginal community, staff team and key partner health organisations about the services, current concerns and the gaps in critical health services impacting on women, families and whole communities.

South Coastal Health and Community Services chief executive Penny Webb said that some of the key messages that influenced the discussion included funding and critical issues such as suicide prevention, mental health, indigenous health and women’s health.

“It was a really positive conversation around the priority of health in this corridor, as well as the need for a culturally appropriate place,” she said.

“We know that if we can positively impact the health and wellbeing of a woman, she will in turn influence the health and wellbeing of her children, family, and the community.”

A range of other service providers attended the meeting, with Ms Webb saying it was important that organisations in the community collaborated together to serve those in need.

“It’s organisations like ours which are community based that actually provide a really safe and valuable service that can wrap around an individual,” Ms Webb said.

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