By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on October 15, 2020
ALBANY will soon be home to a permanent BreastScreen WA facility, predicted to service more than 3,000 women annually when it opens early next year.
The permanent clinic will replace the mobile facility that has been operating in Albany for more than 25 years.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook said the decision to introduce a permanent clinic to the town was inspired by a letter sent in by a local woman.
“I received a letter from Mrs Ball some time back earlier this year, saying ‘we’re a growing community, we need to continue to have better health services’ ,” he said.
“In particular Mrs Ball said, ‘we want to see a permanent mammogram clinic here in Albany’.
“So, as a result of that, we had a look and thought sure enough, the demand is there, so let’s look at building this clinic.”
Breast cancer survivor and member of the Albany Breast Cancer Group Veronica Hare said she was grateful to see the introduction of a permanent facility in Albany.
“It’s wonderful, especially for my group. It’s great that we’ve had the caravan here all this time, but there are times when the caravan is not here and of course people then have to travel to Perth or elsewhere to just get their breast checked,” she said.
“I think it’s wonderful that we’re going to have a permanent space now. I never thought it would happen, but it’s amazing.”
The capital works will be funded by the Commonwealth, with recurrent funding to be included in the State Budget.
Mr Cook said he hoped this would encourage members of the community to reach out to their local politicians.
“I think people think that governments aren’t listening, but they are,” he said.
“We listen to this feedback every day, whether it’s through care opinion, patients telling us what they need or if it’s the clinicians themselves.
“We’re inspired and informed by the feedback we get, particularly in a place like Albany, where the locals stand up for each other. It’s great to be able to respond to the needs of the community as they’re identified.”