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Posted in city of fremantle, community, health, homeless, local government, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2019


Black Swan Health has applied to the City of Fremantle for a $ 20,000 per annum sponsorship to be able to continue with the Fremantle Street Doctor services, which they have supplied for over 14 years.

The WA Health Department will stop funding the project at the end of this financial year on June 30, which in my books is an absolute disgrace!!!!

The Freo Street Doctor runs six mobile health clinics a week and is the only medical service for many people, so very essential for those who are doing it tough.

Black Swan Health Ltd. is seeking a $20,000 donation from the City to enable
continuation of the ‘Freo Street Doctor’ clinics. The donation request would support
indirect costs, including:
• Two “Freo Street Doctor’ vehicle running costs, licence, registration, insurance,
service, maintenance and repair, tyres and fuel.
• Outreach worker salary costs.
• Clinical consumable costs.
• Information Technology costs.
• Utilities

To put the money in perspective, the annual Winterworld Festival gets $ 25,000 cash from the city, plus the city loses out on parking fees at the Italian Club, and that comes combined to a total of $ 75,000 for just a few weeks of ice skating fun.

I know what I would prioritise.

Both items are on the agenda of Wednesday’s FPOL Committee, so come and speak out in support of the Freo Street Doctor!!!! 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Centre.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Glenn said, on February 13, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Thanks Roel, this will have to be something I’ll write to the South Metro Health service about, it’s such a ridiculous decision.


  2. freoview said, on February 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I copy and paste this from the FPOL Committee agenda, Glenn:

    To consider Black Swan Health Ltd. donation request of $20,000 per annum to fund the operational costs of the ‘Freo Street Doctor’ mobile health clinics six times per week, commencing from the 2019/2020 financial year.
    Black Swan Health Ltd. received advice from the Department of Health, South Metropolitan Health Service that funding would cease from 30 June 2018, with no further funding options available for the mobile health service from the Department of Health.
    This report recommends that Council support the donation request of $20,000 towards the operational costs to deliver six mobile health clinics per week for a twelve month period, commencing from 1 July 2019.



  3. Glenn said, on February 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I sincerely doubt the WA government would be de-funding this service. If by some remote chance it was, the funds needed to keep it going would be hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, not $20000.
    If there is any truth to this story, perhaps they have been asked to take a small budget cut out of a much larger budget and are hoping the city will stump up that shortfall. But I cannot conceive that a Labor Party government would stop funding this service in its entirety.


  4. freoview said, on February 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Sure Cliff. I don’t argue that Winterworld attracts people to Freo and that is is good for many businesses, and I also hope it is not an either or for the City as they should support both the Freo Street Doctor and Winterworld.



  5. portjarrah said, on February 12, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Are you aware Winter World attracted 60,000 people last year! Traders really need that attraction during winter. Every weekend it was buzzing with families.
    It has been a real success story!

    Could The Black Swan Health be crowd funded?
    I’m sure business and locals would help
    out for a good cause!


  6. Sean H said, on February 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks Roel. I was looking to get to the meeting but the in-laws are arriving this evening. As a fallback I think I shall email all councillors on that committee with my views. Which is to support Black Swan Health. Please advise how the meeting goes and this matter in particular. Cheers


  7. Ian Ker said, on February 12, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    More cost-shifting from state to local government. I wonder if this funding would have been withdrawn if Fremantle Hospital still had an emergency department – no doubt the Street Doctor service keeps many people safe whose only alternative would be the emergency department of the nearest hospital – now Fiona Stanley which is 11km away.


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