Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Minister cuts pink ribbon on new breast clinic

    28/10/2015 2:00 PM
    • Purpose-built mammography clinic co-located with other health services
    • New central location in Wanneroo near transport hub and shopping centre
    • Additional screening unit allowing more access to appointments

    A new purpose-built breast screen clinic has been opened in Wanneroo, providing local women easier access to screening mammograms.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the new clinic at the Wanneroo ECU Health Centre, co-located with the GP Super Clinic in the Wanneroo town centre, was a convenient location making it easier for women in the Joondalup-Wanneroo area to be screened.


    The new site replaces the Joondalup Clinic and provides easier access to screening mammograms for local women, with an additional screening unit, ample free parking, easy access to public transport and improved facilities for women with disabilities.


    "BreastScreen WA's new mammography centre in the heart of Wanneroo will provide easy access for local women and will promote opportunistic screening for women attending other services," Dr Hames said.


    "The population in the northern suburbs is growing and this new clinic is well-placed to meet the increasing demand for breast screening services in the district.


    "This month is breast cancer awareness month, an ideal time to make that first screening appointment or a follow-up appointment if it's been more than two years since your last screening.


    "One in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.  A screening mammogram every two years significantly increases the chance of a woman surviving breast cancer and reduces the amount of treatment required."


    The female population aged 40 to 74 years in the Joondalup-Wanneroo district is expected to grow by more than 12,000 from 70,756 as estimated in 2014 to 82,980 in 2021. (Source: Western Australian Planning Commission (WA Tomorrow 2015 Population Report No. 10).


    BreastScreen WA (BSWA) has eight other metropolitan clinics: Cannington, Cockburn, Padbury, Midland, Mirrabooka, Perth City, David Jones Rose Clinic (Hay Street, Perth), and Rockingham.


    BSWA provides free breast screening mammograms to WA women aged 40 years and over, but specifically targets women aged 50-74 years who are invited to attend a screening mammogram appointment every two years. 


    Women aged 40 years and over who have attended the service before and women who have received their invitation to attend, can book an appointment at any of BSWA's Perth metropolitan clinics by visiting http://www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au. Telephone bookings may still be made by calling 13 20 50.


    Fact File

    • Screening mammograms may detect up to 90 per cent of breast cancers
    • BSWA performs more than 100,000 mammograms each year State-wide

    Minister's office - 6552 5300