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Minister visits Port Hedland facility
Posted by on August 2, 2012

WA Mental Health and Disability Services Minister Helen Morton dropped by for afternoon tea at Port Hedland’s Yurulikuju House on Monday to meet staff and clients and learn about the broad range of services the Southern Cross day centre provides in the Pilbara.

HELPING HANDS:Minister Helen Morton meets client Narlene Waddaman in Port Hedland.

HELPING HANDS: Minister Helen Morton meets client Narlene Waddaman in Port Hedland.

The centre operates a very successful Breakfast Club, in which clients are picked up from around Port Hedland and offered a wide variety of food, and are encouraged to prepare their own dishes if they are able.

Craft and painting workshops, and fishing trips and barbecues are also regularly held at the centre.

“It was a pleasure to meet the dedicated staff and delightful visitors to the centre,” Mrs Morton said.

“It is clear to me that these services in rural and remote regions are invaluable to the community and create an inclusive environment for people with disability and mental illness.”

New Southern Cross northwest operations manager Julie Broad said the centre provided a critical service in the regional hub.

“It is great to see so many clients enjoying such diverse activities,” she added, speaking after the minister’s visit.

 “I am very excited about my new role and about being involved with such great facilities as Yurulikuju House.”

Southern Cross provides a broad range of services throughout Perth and regional WA, including home and community care programs, aged care packages, centre-based day care, and respite.

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