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New maternal and child health clinic opened in WA's South West

Date posted: 9 February 2018

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS), based in Bunbury, Western Australia (WA) has unveiled its new maternal and child health clinic, Kwilenap. Kwilenap, meaning 'place of the dolphins' in Noongar language, will provide Aboriginal families in the region with improved access to maternal and child health services.

The clinic, located at the Australind Healthplex, was officially opened by Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt.

'Research shows that healthy choices from conception to three years of age have a big impact, said Mr Wyatt. 'Working with local, community based organisations like SWAMS, we understand how a strong start supports children to go to school, enables adults to lead productive and long lives, and helps maintain community strength.'

SWAMS Chief Executive, Lesley Nelson, said she was thrilled to add the new facility to the organisations growing portfolio of services and programs. 'Providing quality health care to our community is vital,' she said. 'Kwilenap will ensure clients have access to a multi-disciplinary team of midwives, child health nurses, Indigenous outreach worker and an Aboriginal Health Worker, who will work together to ensure healthy pregnancies and healthy infants.'

In addition to midwifery and child health services, the clinic will also offer a unique cultural program, which will draw on the knowledge of Elders to support new mothers and fathers in their transition to parenthood. SWAMS will partner with services to deliver Kwilenap’s midwifery and child health services to Collie, Manjimup, Busselton, Harvey and Brunswick Junction.

Source: Bunbury Mail, South West Aboriginal Medical Service


Last updated: 8 February 2018
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