BreastScreen Victoria today celebrates a major milestone with the opening of the program’s 41st permanent clinic in Wangaratta officially opened by the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services.
The Minister was joined by the CEO of Northeast Health Wangaratta, Margaret Bennett and CEO of BreastScreen Victoria, Vicki Pridmore for the ceremony.
The new state-of-the-art facility, located at Northeast Health Wangaratta, will provide women from Wangaratta and its surrounds including Beechworth and Myrtleford which have been previously visited by the Mobile Screening Service, with free breast screens year round.
BreastScreen Victoria CEO, Vicki Pridmore said that the opening of the Wangaratta clinic is another step forward for the program.
“BreastScreen Victoria is on track to provide 246,000 free breast screens to women this year. The new clinic will allow more Victorian women to prioritise their wellbeing and book a breast screen at a time that suits them.
“A breast screen is an essential element of preventative health for women over 50. Breast cancer affects one in eight Victorian women over 50, and we know that early diagnosis is the key to survival. If you are between the ages of 50 and 74, make a breast screen every two years a priority and be ‘breast assured’,” Ms Pridmore concluded.
From humble beginnings in 1987 at Essendon Hospital, the BreastScreen Victoria program continues to expand, with over 20 mostly regional sites visited by the Mobile Screening Service in addition to the permanent clinics.
“Northeast Health Wangaratta is very pleased to partner with BreastScreen Victoria to provide local women with a potentially life-saving service,” said Ms Bennett. “I am confident that just like the mobile van, this fixed clinic will be well utilised and its staff highly regarded.
You can read the Minister for Health's press release by clicking here.
Appointments are now available and can be booked online at breastscreen.org.au or by calling 13 20 50.