The Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove received a personal demonstration of primary health, mental health and chronic condition programs during a visit to Black Swan Health in Fremantle this week.
Their Excellencies toured Black Swan Health with Executive Director Terina Grace as part of a busy itinerary which saw them focusing on local health and community initiatives in the area, and thanking those involved for their efforts and commitment.
Ms Grace was honoured to host the special guests during their visit and took the opportunity to introduce them to some of the programs and services offered by the organisation.
“We are incredibly proud of our staff and the Black Swan Health suite of programs, and are thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase these to Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove. The visit was a wonderful acknowledgement of the vital services provided by our staff to people in the local community.”
During the tour staff and clients from Black Swan Health programs including Closing the Gap, an Aboriginal Health Service which aims to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, spoke to the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove about the impact these services have had on the health and wellbeing of people in the local community.
Also highlighted was Freo Street Doctor which is undoubtedly one of the most iconic services in the region. This service provides care for disadvantaged members of the community that may not be able to access mainstream general practice. The purpose-built GP mobile clinic frequents locations across Perth’s Southern metropolitan area and made a special visit to enable their Excellencies to observe the fully-furnished consultation vehicle.
Together with the Freo Street Doctor and Closing the Gap services, the demonstration also included Black Swan Health’s mental health programs; Healthy Minds (a psychological counselling service) and the Suicide Prevention program along with the headspace Fremantle program. Another critical mental health service provided by Black Swan Health is Partners in Recovery Fremantle, delivering one-to-one support for over 300 people with severe and persistent mental illness in regard to accommodation, employment and of course, health care needs.
In addition to the programs delivered by Black Swan Health the volunteer team from Orange Sky Laundry demonstrated their service which is available to Perth’s homeless. The not-for-profit organisation, whose founders were awarded 2016 Young Australians of the Year, recently launched in Perth and has fast become a member of the Black Swan Health extended family having partnered with the Freo Street Doctor team to co-locate with two clinics each week.
Ms Grace was delighted to have the team of Orange Sky Laundry volunteers attend and spoke proudly of the new partnership;
“Like Orange Sky Laundry we are passionate about helping people, especially those who may be disadvantaged, to positively connect with their community and are proud to support such a commendable initiative that helps so many.”