City of Subiaco - Health and wellbeing
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Health and medical information

This page contains information about the hospitals and physical and mental wellbeing services in the city.

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Hospitals

There are several hospitals located in and nearby the City of Subiaco. 

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children is an internationally recognised paediatric facility that treats children and adolescents from around the state.
Roberts Road, Subiaco
(08) 9340 8222

King Edward Memorial Hospital is the state's largest maternity hospital, overseeing 6000 births each year as well as treating patients with complex pregnancies and gynaecological conditions. 
374 Bagot Road, Subiaco
(08) 9340 2222

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is one of Australia's leading teaching tertiary hospitals, with a comprehensive range of clinical services including emergency, general medicine and general surgery.  
Hospital Avenue, Nedlands
(08) 9346 3333

Hollywood Private Hospital provides health care in a range of specialties for inpatients and outpatients, including an after hours GP service.
Monash Avenue, Nedlands
(08) 9346 6000

St John of God Subiaco is a private hospital catering for a wide variety of specialty admissions. 
12 Salvado Road, Subiaco
(08) 9382 6111

For information about Western Australia's public health care system, visit the Department of Health's website

Physical and mental wellbeing

Services for children

Child Health Centres are staffed by registered nurses with qualifications in child and family health. They provide a range of services for babies and young children up to four years of age. 

Shenton Park Child Health Centre
334 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
(08) 9381 1867 

The city offers a range of activities, programs and workshops for parents and children, many of which relate to health and wellbeing. 

Services for seniors

The city offers a range of services for seniors, including social activities and in-home and meal services.  

Physical activity

The city offers a range of recreation and sport options to help you get active and achieve better health and wellbeing. 

Reach health clinics

nullThe city offers regular health clinics as part of the Reach (Roaming Education and Community Health) project, a community health initiative where student nurses provide basic health services to the community.

These checks are free, take approximately ten minutes and include blood pressure, blood glucose, cholestoral and girth measurements, as well as information about your health. No appointments are necessary and everyone is welcome. There are currently no public clinics scheduled. 

A wellness clinic is run by a registered nurse and students every Tuesday from 9am to 12pm for the residents of Wandana. This provides residents with access to health care, support for chronic disease management, health assessments and assistance to identify and achieve health goals. 

Mental health

Your mental health is as important as your physical wellbeing. Being mentally healthy means feeling a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. It enables us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day-to-day life and our environment. When we are mentally healthy we can form positive relationships, use our abilities to reach our potential and deal with life's challenges.

Check out these websites for useful information about mental health and wellbeing:

  • Act-Belong-Commit – a comprehensive health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing and encourages organisations that provide mentally healthy actvitities to promote participation in these actvities. 
  • beyondblue – an independent, not-for-profit organisation supported by state and federal governments working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help and supporting recovery, management and resilience.
  • Mental Health Commission – a government agency that provides leadership and support in the delivery of mental health services in Western Australia.
  • SANE Australia – a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life through campaigning, education and research.

Allergy awareness

Allergies are becoming increasingly common throughout Australia, affecting one in three people.  An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to substances which can create a mild to potentially life threatening reaction. These common substances are known as allergens and are found in foods, house dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, moulds and some medicines.

In Australia food allergies affect 1 in 10 babies, 6% of children and an estimated 2% of adults. The nine most common food allergens cause 90% of reactions, of which include:

  1. Milk
  2. Egg
  3. Peanut
  4. Tree Nuts
  5. Fish
  6. Shellfish
  7. Soy
  8. Wheat
  9. Sesame

It is important to understand that allergic reactions are not only triggered from ingesting food. Some extremely sensitive individuals can react to the smell of particular foods being cooked or even kissing someone who has eaten the food they are allergic to. 

Allergic reactions may occur almost immediately after being exposed to the food product although most often will occur within 20 minutes to 2 hours. The allergic reaction may initially appear mild but can progress very quickly. The most dangerous reaction is anaphylaxis, which involves the respiratory system and/or cardiovascular system.

When a person has an allergic reaction some mild symptoms include:

  • Hives, welts or body redness
  • Swelling of the face, lips and eyes
  • Vomiting, abdominal pain
  • Tingling of the mouth

Some severe symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the tongue and throat
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • Persistent dizziness
  • Pale and floppy – in young children

Should you suspect a food causes you an allergic reaction, avoid that food and speak with your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with a food allergy, always carry your emergency medication with you and alert individuals (i.e. restaurant staff, party host) of your specific allergy. Should you suffer from an allergic reaction seek medical advice.

Food Allergy Week

The City of Subiaco is participating in Food Allergy Week from 17-23 May 2015, which is an initiative by Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and several sponsors. It’s the responsibility of all of us to be allergy aware and to know the risks, how to respond if a reaction occurs and importantly be able to understand and support family, friends and colleagues. 

There are numerous ways that you can show support during Food Allergy Week:

  1. Paint one nail to symbolise that one in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy
  2. Adopt an allergy for a day/week to better understand the challenges people with allergy face every single day
  3. Download a badge to use through your social media channels
  4. Hold your own community fundraising or awareness-raising event during the week and notify your local paper
  5. Make a donation
  6. Help spread the word about the importance of understanding food allergy by using social media to post messages from 9am on Monday 18 May 2015

For further information regarding allergies and Food Allergy Week, please visit the Food Allergy Aware and Allergy Facts websites.