HealthOne opens doors to boost local resources

THE new-look Merrylands HealthOne has opened its doors.

The centre (formerly Merrylands Community Health Centre) now offers a range of primary care services including child and family health, podiatry, mental health and drug health services after closing in 2019 for redevelopment.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Chief Executive Graeme Loy said the opening of the centre was an important step in improving healthcare access for the local community.
“It is now more convenient for local mums to take their kids to see a speech pathologist or attend a regular check-up,” Graeme said.
“This purpose-built space is well-equipped for one-on-one appointments with healthcare specialists, as well as for group sessions.
“Every year thousands of people receive care through community health centres. They are the core of our operations, providing high-level services and reducing the risk of hospital admission.”
Merrylands resident Dianne previously attended the centre’s child and family nurse clinic in 2016 when her daughter Marylyn was born.
Marylyn, now four, sees speech pathologist, Farrah Alameddine.
“It’s very exciting to be back here,” Dianne said.
“The new building is lovely and bright, with lots of natural light. It’s very clean, open and welcoming. The wood finishes and colours are really lovely.”
She said the centre’s return meant reduced travel time and free nearby parking.
“It’s so convenient that the family can even walk to the centre.”
Local Aboriginal Elders Uncle Greg and Uncle Wes conducted Welcome to Country at the opening ceremony, along with a smoking ceremony to spiritually cleanse the centre and ensure a positive return for staff and clients.