Multicultural Interests and Citizenship Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich and Communities Minister Sue Ellery visited the Integrated Services Centre (ISC) at Parkwood Primary School today.
The Carpenter Government recently implemented the 12 month Integrated Services Centre Pilot Project to provide and coordinate a range of settlement services for humanitarian entrants covering health, education, training and employment as well as family and community development.
The Parkwood project site, one of two ISCs in WA, was chosen as it has an Intensive English Centre (IEC) with a high number of humanitarian entrant students from a wide catchment area.
“The opening of these centres is an indication of the Government’s commitment to providing extra support services to assist the most vulnerable in our community,” Ms Ravlich said.
“It is very exciting to see the Parkwood ISC in operation and hear of the positive impact the project is having on the lives of the students and their families.”
The ISC staff, and the staff and students of the IEC welcomed the ministers as they toured the school, the IEC and the ISC building which was relocated to the school specifically for the delivery of services by the ISC staff.
Ms Ravlich and Ms Ellery also met with Mr Ross Albones, District Director, Fremantle-Peel Education District and Mr Kim Doust, the Principal of Parkwood Primary School.
The ISC services are provided by a nurse, counsellor, community liaison worker and career development worker to the students at the Parkwood Intensive English Centre.
“I want to congratulate the various partners in this project and the staff of the ISC in meeting the immediate health and welfare needs of these families,” Ms Ellery said.
The project is a partnership between the Office of Multicultural Interests, the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health, with the Department for Communities, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Centrelink also being represented on the project’s Steering Committee.
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