A new online portal has been launched aimed at connecting South West residents and visitors to the region with health professionals and complementary therapy practitioners. Covering areas between Dunsborough, Busselton and Augusta, the South West Wellness Collective is the brainchild of counsellor and Cowaramup resident Jacqui Simons.
“I think anyone who uses social media, especially our active Facebook communities, would be used to seeing daily requests for details and information on almost every type of service you could think of,” Ms Simons said.
“Whether it’s massage therapists, kinesiologists, general practitioners, dentists, yoga instructors, lactation consultations, veterinarians… the list just goes on and on, and there are some truly wonderful people offering these services right here in the region.
“We hope that this site will act as a one-stop directory for people to access when they’re seeking out help – often in these smaller towns people will rely on word of mouth, or local directories, but when it comes to finding a specialist or an open pharmacy you may not always just be looking right in your own backyard. This way people can have a Cape to Cape search of the services they are looking for.”
Ms Simons said a nominal fee of $50 per financial year was involved to list a business or service on the site, which went towards annual web hosting and administration costs.
“This isn’t a money making exercise for us, this is about putting a great directory of all our South West services in one place so that if you do need to find a mental health professional, a naturopath or a child health nurse, you can do a quick search for that.”
Therapists Marcela Voigt-Jackman and Annemarie Pankhurst said they had already signed up to the collective, keen to be a part of a cohesive approach to healthcare in the region.
We hope that it will act as a one-stop directory for people when they’re seeking help – often in these smaller towns people will rely on word of mouth or local directories, but when it comes to finding a specialist or an open pharmacy you may not just be looking in your own backyard.Jacqui Simons
Margaret River’s Priceline Pharmacy has also registered, and Ms Simons said she was keen to see more healthcare providers on board.
“The collective works when we’re all aiming for a similar goal, to create a healthier community in every aspect of care.”
To find out more visit www.southwestwellnesscollective.com.au or contact Jacqui Simons via email firstname.lastname@example.org