State of the Art Health
The Australian health care system is one of the best in the world with all citizens and permanent residents entitled to free or low-cost health treatment, including free hospital care.
The South West region's health services are based around 15 hospitals, a strong contingent of private medical specialists and general practitioners, and community-based health services.
Major medical centre
The South West Health Campus in Bunbury is the major medical centre for the region with 24-hour emergency care and a wide range of support services.
The public Bunbury Regional Hospital and private St John of God Hospital are co-located on the campus. This arrangement boosts the range of medical, surgical and community health services available at the site while ensuring the best possible care for patients.
The campus includes a number of specialist services and facilities including an acute psychiatric unit, coronary care unit, cancer centre and dental centre.
The South West Aboriginal Health Service is based at the centre and runs a mobile health clinic to regional areas.
There are plans to upgrade and expand the services
and facilities available at the health campus.
As well as Bunbury, hospitals are also located at Augusta, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Busselton, Collie, Donnybrook, Harvey, Margaret River, Nannup, Northcliffe, Pemberton and Manjimup.
Go to the WA Department of Health website for a list of hospitals and health services in the South West.
Support and allied health services
In the South West, there is a high focus on community health services including maternity support, child health clinics, school-based immunisation and dental care, and intensive youth education programs.
Throughout the region are a number of smaller district hospitals, specialist medical services and community-based health services, aged care facilities and retirement villages.
The South West has emerged as an important training ground for young doctors and nurses.
Medical students from The Rural Clinical School of WA, incorporating students from The University of Western Australia and University of Notre Dame Australia, receive training at the South West Health Campus as part of their studies.
Edith Cowan University's South West Campus prepares students for a career in nursing through its Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree.
How we help
At the South West Development Commission, improving quality of life is a priority.
The SWDC Community for Life strategy is aimed at improving the wellbeing of local residents. It has provided funding to allow outdoor fitness equipment to be installed in every local government area in the region. As part of the strategy, we are working on ways to improve facilities and services for seniors.
We have provided a number of grants to health organisations including:
- Val Lishman Health Research Foundation - To develop a way to detect people with Familiar Hypercholesterolaemia, an inherited form of raised cholesterol.
- The South West Medical Attraction Taskforce - To identify ways to attract and retain medical practitioner in the South West region.
- Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup - To help establish a new medical facility in Donnybrook.
- Learning About Medical Problems - For a community mental health centre in Busselton.
The South West Development Commission recently released the South West Active Ageing Research Project report which sets out ideas to make the region more age-friendly.
The report identifies the needs of the region's ageing population and identifies key infrastructure and service requirments in each sub-region.