Western Sydney is celebrating 40 years of dedicated sexual health clinical services and education.
Originally called the Parramatta Sexual Health Clinic, the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre (WSSHC) was the first of its kind in the western metropolitan area when opened its doors on November 11, 1979.
In the early days there was just one medical officer, two nurses, two nursing aides and one social worker, but within a year the staffing and clinic hours were significantly expanded to meet demand.
Over the years it has moved location and expanded to encompass cutting-edge research and education.
WSSHC director David Lewis said the service is now one of the largest sexual health research centres in Australia.
“Everything we have today was built on the efficient, free and confidential service that was established 40 years ago,” David said.
“Over the decades the focus has always remained to provide the best care possible, free of judgement or fear.”
Staff celebrated the significant milestone with a morning tea on Monday.