Projects of the Peel Health Foundation
The first major project was to plan, develop and build a specialised Paediatric Unit at Peel Health Campus. The aim being to ensure all children have access to excellent treatment in a facility designed specifically for children.
Peel Health Campus had no paediatric ward to cater for the growing children population. The rooms previously used for children were designed for adult care and did not offer a continuous monitored safe environment for children. The rooms were attached to an adult Surgical Ward and did not provide dedicated paediatric staffing.
The new building was designed with facilities to attract specialist and nursing personnel to the region to ensure all children will receive the right level of care close to home to prevent family separation and travel to Perth.
Goals to improve children’s services included:
Attract specialised expert staff
Comfort for parents and patients
Décor suitable for young patients
A unit that would attract overseas Paediatricians.
Thanks to the large number of generous donors, the Foundation raised the funds to build and equip the new Wing including all the fixtures and fittings and specialised medical equipment.
Peel Health Foundation received generous support from all sections of the Community including: Federal, State and local politicians; local shires and government agencies; corporate and small business; community groups; sporting clubs; service clubs; schools and just as importantly, the local individual community donors.
The Ralph & Patricia Sarich Paediatric Wing at Peel Health Campus was completed and officially opened by Health Minister the Hon Dr Kim Hames on the 18 August 2010. The purpose-built, 12-bed facility caters for children from birth to mid-teens. The beds, funded by four key sponsors, have been distributed between four single-bed rooms and four two-bed rooms and also include a family room which has a divan-type chair/bed so that parents can sleep at the hospital with their children.
The Foundation retained a legal responsibility for any building defects which was finalised in October 2011, when the Foundation officially handed over the building to the Government of Western Australia and the operator Health Solutions (WA) Pty Ltd.
MOBILE HEALTH SERVICE
The Foundation’s Directors are now focused on the current major project which will benefit and promote well-being within the Peel community. During the period from November 2010 to February 2011 the Foundation undertook a series of community consultation workshops, which included representatives from the South Metropolitan Area Health Service, local health care providers and members of the community.
After broad consultation the Foundation Directors agreed to raise funds for a new initiative – a mobile health service aimed at improving access to health services for people in the more rural parts of the Peel region.
The specific speciality areas for the new mobile health are still being developed by service providers however it is envisaged the services will include the areas of women’s and children’s services, elder mental health, chronic disease services, dental care, medical services and aged care.
These essential services will provide much needed assistance to residents of rural Peel district such as Pinjarra, Boddington, Waroona, Dwellingup, Serpentine and Jarrahdale. The mobile health service, with its custom designed fit out, will allow the delivery of services in a flexible way that has not been possible before in the Peel region and will enable this care to be provided from a state of the art service centre.
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FUND
In co-operation with Murray Medical and Curtin University the Foundation will fund the new Peel Health Innovations Institute which will focus on research to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the Peel region.
The virtual institute will be led by Professor Moyez Jiwa, Chair of Health Innovation in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University. It will operate out of Murray Medical which has a fully computerized system for its 35,000 patients. Data collected from Murray Medical along with the commitment of local health practitioners will assist with the identification and address specific healthcare needs of the Peel community.
The project will investigate ways to benefit patients by evaluating weightloss programs, provide assistance for people living with chronic conditions, support for patients on long term medication and developing projects designed to keep patients out of hospital.
This is a positive practical research project that will look at ways General Practitioners can be assisted to keep people with chronic disease out of hospital.
ALCOA MANDURAH ISLAND CHALLENGE
Alcoa Mandurah Island Challenge remains the jewel in our crown!! This is now in the 8th year providing a fun filled fitness day for the families of the Peel region. This event attracts some 1,500 people (and the numbers increase each year,) to the foreshores of Mandurah to enjoy some competitive and non competitive events including a healthy breakfast for all.
Future initiatives in Mental Health, Rural Youth Suicide and Aged Care accommodation are being explored whilst focusing on our current campaign.