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$30.9 million boost to tackle family and domestic violence
18th Apr 2019
$30.9 million boost to tackle family and domestic violence

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today announced the McGowan Government will commit an additional $30.9 million in the 2019-20 State Budget to address family and domestic violence. The McGowan Government’s investment in a suite of initiatives includes: $11.7 million to establish two new Family and Domestic Violence One Stop Hubs; $15.5 …

Safe access zones around sexual health clinics in Western Australia move a step closer
17th Apr 2019
Safe access zones around sexual health clinics in Western Australia move a step closer

The McGowan Government has today released a discussion paper to introduce safe access zones around premises that provide abortion services in Western Australia. The paper entitled ‘Safe access zones – Proposal for reform in Western Australia’ explores how an appropriate legislative framework might operate to ensure patients can access health services, including abortion clinics, without …

Way forward for tenants facing family violence
15th Apr 2019
Way forward for tenants facing family violence

New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. The new laws allow a tenant to end their tenancy with as little as seven days’ notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on …

$1.44 million Lotterywest grant for Vinnies emergency relief
3rd Apr 2019
$1.44 million Lotterywest grant for Vinnies emergency relief

The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) will get a $1.44 million boost for its vital emergency relief work thanks to a Lotterywest grant. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk presented the Lotterywest grant to Vinnies at their distributions centre in Canning Vale today (April 3). Vinnies’ emergency relief service provides support through food assistance, utility …

New dental clinic opens at Fremantle Hospital
1st Apr 2019
New dental clinic opens at Fremantle Hospital

From today, more than 30,000 eligible patients in the Fremantle catchment area will be able to access free general dental care from the newly expanded Fremantle General Dental Clinic. Now located at Fremantle Hospital, the clinic will provide vital general dental care to eligible patients including Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card holders aged 17 …

Awards honour outstanding young Western Australians
28th Mar 2019
Awards honour outstanding young Western Australians

Young Western Australians from a care background have today been recognised for their dedication to ongoing education and training at the annual Achievers Awards. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk congratulated the 46 recipients for their hard work and determination in pursuing their career goals. The annual Achiever Awards celebrate young Western Australians aged 15-25 years …

Home Stretch trial to provide additional support to vulnerable care leavers
26th Mar 2019
Home Stretch trial to provide additional support to vulnerable care leavers

The Department of Communities will partner with Anglicare WA to implement a targeted trial that provides enhanced supports to vulnerable young people transitioning from out-of-home care to independence. Developed through a unique co-design process with the community services sector and care leavers, the trial will commence in the south metropolitan region from May 2019. The …

Have your say on the future of women’s health in WA
9th Mar 2019
Have your say on the future of women’s health in WA

Western Australian consumers, health service providers and non-government agencies are urged to have their say on the best ways to improve women’s health and wellbeing in WA. An expression of interest process is underway to establish a working group to oversee the development of the WA Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy, which will focus on …

Support for safe access zones around abortion clinics
8th Mar 2019
Support for safe access zones around abortion clinics

The McGowan Government supports the introduction of safe access zones, and work has commenced on a discussion paper that will explore the introduction of such zones in Western Australia. Safe access zones are designed to address concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff entering premises to access legal health services, such as …

Hundreds of local shipbuilding jobs and apprenticeships on offer
7th Mar 2019
Hundreds of local shipbuilding jobs and apprenticeships on offer

The McGowan Government has welcomed local shipbuilding company Austal’s commitment to increase female representation in its workforce by boosting its female apprentice intake. Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited Austal, on the eve of International Women’s Day, to meet some of the shipbuilder’s newest female apprentices. Austal is seeking to …