Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Ann Brassil, CEO, Family Planning NSW to celebrate its ‘new look’ Penrith clinic.
CEO Ann Brassil said the improved clinic facilities, including new automatic doors and improved signage and visibility, will allow Family Planning NSW Penrith to better serve the women and men and families of the Penrith LGA and surrounding suburbs.
“More than seven per cent of our clients in the Penrith LGA reported a disability so it is crucial we have appropriate access and visibility for our reproductive and sexual health services and information,” said Ann.
During 2012-13, Family Planning NSW Penrith provided comprehensive reproductive and sexual health clinical services including contraceptive advice and provision, Pap tests, STI checks and menopause consultations to 4,025 clients. Of those clients, 60 per cent were less than 25 years of age.
With the support of the Member for Penrith and Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, NSW Government Community Building Partnership funding was provided to Family Planning NSW to make the improvements to the Penrith clinic possible.
“The NSW Government funding has been essential in enabling us to update our facilities to cater for the needs of the Penrith community,” said Ann.
“Our Family Planning NSW Penrith clinic has seen a 40 per cent increase in clients over the last 12 months; and indications are that this figure will continue to grow making it essential for us to keep our visibility prominent in the community to make it easier for clients to find us and access our services and information.
“Stuart has been a great supporter of the work we do and the people we serve and the improvements to our clinic could not have been possible without his support.” said Ann.
Stuart Ayres said the Family Planning Centre does a fantastic job within our community and I am proud to have recommended this project for funding to the state government.