SWAMS Busselton Clinic relocating to meet increased demand

Indigenous Outreach Worker, Marilyn Colbung and Dr Vivienne Manessis outside the new SWAMS clinic located at 88 Duchess Street, Busselton. Image supplied.
Indigenous Outreach Worker, Marilyn Colbung and Dr Vivienne Manessis outside the new SWAMS clinic located at 88 Duchess Street, Busselton. Image supplied.

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) is excited to announce that they are relocating their Aboriginal Medical Clinic in Busselton due to increased demand in the community.

Due to a positive response to the services and programs in Busselton, SWAMS has secured the lease of a new location on Duchess Street.

SWAMS chief executive Lesley Nelson said they identified the need for more services in the Busselton area and their new clinic location would give them the opportunity to deliver much-needed services to people in the area.

"We look forward to providing even more services and programs in Busselton in the coming years and will continue to explore opportunities to look after the health of our people in the town," she said.

As of the June 28, the SWAMS Busselton Clinic will be located at 88 Duchess Street and will be big enough to host some small gatherings, group programs as well as extend the primary health care services of the clinic.

"SWAMS is in a period of unprecedented growth and we want to extend the benefits of this growth and these additional services to our outreach towns, including Busselton," Ms Nelson said.

"In time, the extension of our smaller clinics will also include additional employment opportunities for locals.

"It is a responsibility to ensure the whole South West is able to access culturally appropriate primary health care."

The additional services offered in Busselton include: NDIS access services, NDIS Provider Services, Aged Care services (transport and social support), Aboriginal Health Checks by qualified Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners, Weekly GP Clinics, Counselling Services, Integrated Team Care (ITC) services and Maternal and Child Health Services.

In addition to the above mentioned services, SWAMS is also an approved provider for the COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccinations which can be delivered in their Busselton clinic.

"The flu can be a very serious illness and unfortunately, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at a higher risk of developing complications due to the common cold and flu," Ms Nelson said.

"This paired with the additional complications of the COVID-19 outbreak could be catastrophic for our community. For this reason, we urge you to get yourself and your families vaccinated."

If you are Aboriginal and over 50 or if you have an underlying medical condition or significant disability you can get your COVID-19 vaccinations.

For more information, please contact the SWAMS on 1800 779 000 (free call), or visit their website swams.com.au.