A new re-designed enhanced access and sensory clinic is now open at Carramar COVID-19 vaccination clinic to support people with a disability.
To encourage the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations the Carramar clinic has been redesigned to better support those who may require a low sensory environment or some additional care provided by specially trained staff.
The redesigned clinic offers an alternate entrance and has quiet rooms with low lighting options. Soft furnishings such as beanbags, recliners, and couches make the consultation rooms more comfortable with a range of distraction and sensory options including fidget spinners and stress balls.
The clinic also has a hoist to support people with mobility issues.
Parking is available directly in front of the clinic (including 3 ACROD Parking Bays) and vaccinations can be delivered in a vehicle for people who may have difficulty entering the clinic.
The re-design works were completed in consultation with the disability sector including Developmental Disability WA, IdentityWA, National Disability Services WA (NDS WA) and the Autism Association of Western Australia.
‘Animal Companions’ will be visiting the clinic with their therapy dogs until Christmas. The therapy dogs will also be present in five metropolitan clinics at varying times. Details will be available at Roll up for WA.
The clinic is open for bookings at Roll up for WA or walk-ins without an appointment.
People can discuss any specific requirements prior to their visit to any clinic (including Carramar), by either completing the Further Assistance Required online form or calling 13 COVID.
As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:
“The new Enhanced Access and Sensory Clinic will greatly improve the vaccination experience for those within our community that need a little more support.
“The clinic will create a safe and relaxed environment for those with a disability or mental health condition.
“This is one way that we are enabling the uptake of vaccinations and protection of these priority groups within our community.
“We continue to work with the disability sector to further improve our services at our State run vaccination clinics.”