Co-locators in the Peel Health Hub have experienced exponential growth in demand for their services since it opened 3 years ago. Not only has the number of clients increased, but so has the complexity.
At Peel Youth Medical Services alone demand has grown from 451 to 984 clients per year with 68 people on the waitlist.
The Peel Health Hub 2.0 will not only mean an expansion in space, but also in service provision.
"This expansion of the Peel Health Hub will expand the model of care and types of services we can wrap around clients that come into the building and will successfully address those complexities."
GP Down South and Allambee are seeking $19.9 million to construct a health services building connected to the existing Peel Health Hub.
Peel Health Hub 2.0 will address 5 key areas of need in the community.
The first is more services for people experiencing family and domestic violence, and sexual assault as waitlists at Allambee have doubled in the past 12 months.
Another focus is a specialist forensic sexual assault service to break down barriers to reporting and access to early counselling and support.
The third component of the plan is for more and better integrated mental health services for those with complex needs.
The fourth key focus is an urgent need for specialised eating disorder services. For people aged over 16, there are very few eating disorder specialist services in WA and none outside Perth.
GP Down South and Allambee are pushing for investment in an early intervention eating disorder service as part of the Hub expansion.
The final component is women's health with the Community Women's Health Stakeholder Group ranking Peel as the metropolitan area with the highest need for more health services for women.
Organisations including Regional Development Australia, Peel Development Commission and the City of Mandurah have already thrown their support behind the Hub 2.0 business case.
Mandurah Councillors voted to advocate for its expansion ahead of the federal election.
Mayor Rhys Williams said with the rapidly growing population, healthcare services close to home were important. "Without the appropriate level of community-based services for local people living in disadvantage and with complex heath care needs, we are going to see more pressure placed on our hospitals, or people simply, and unacceptably, going without the care they need," he said.