Perth Children’s Hospital Set to Open in May

The Perth Children’s Hospital will open in May next year, opening two and a half years after it was originally expected to open. The hospital will have a staged opening, with selected outpatients from Princess Margaret Hospital expected to be moved in May and the final move of all patients in June. Health minister Roger…

Debate Over Whether Legal Smoking Should Be Raised

By Kelly Smith Philanthropist and mining giant Andrew Forest is requesting state governments to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Mr Forest says it will save 15000 lives and Australia 20billion in health costs per year. Cigarette costs have already increased this year, with greater taxation on packs of cigarettes, Kelly Kennington from the…

Health Research and Funding to Help Restore Speech After Strokes

Western Australians rendered speechless after suffering a stroke are set to benefit from new health research designed to help promote recovery. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital speech pathologist Dr Erin Godecke will receive a share of $787,500 to support and track the care and outcomes of patients with aphasia, an impairment of language affecting speech, comprehension…

Health Strategy to Improve Lives By Fighting Ear Disease

Western Australian children will receive better ear health with the introduction of a new program to battle chronic ear disease. The Western Australian Child Ear Health Strategy will provide better ear health care in remote communities through multiple agency service planning, strengthened community partnerships, funding and improved co-ordination. It will provides greater consistency and co-ordination…

Children’s Hospital Lead Contamination Caused by Valve Corrosion

The WA Chief Health Officer Tarun Weeramanthri has just completed a month-long review at Perth’s Children’s Hospital to develop recommendations for dealing with the issue of lead in the water supply. The review has found the lead contamination was caused by the dezincification of brass fittings within the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Assembly Boxes, located near…

New Funding for Neurotrauma Research to Improve Rehab After Car Crashes

Neurotrauma research programs in Western Australia will receive new funding to improve rehabilitation and independence for people injured in car crashes. The Insurance Commission of Western Australia will provide two neurotrauma research projects up to $100,000 through the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research’s Neurotrauma Research Program for neurotrauma research. The first project will focus…

Regional Australia to Receive Grants to Boost Medical Practice and Training

Health professionals will have the opportunity to complete their training in regional Australia, following funding grants for general practices in regional Australia. Federal Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie announced the funds of more than $13 million Coalition Government funding to enable health professionals to get hands-on training in regional communities. It includes grants…

Perth Children’s Hospital Lead Level Testing

Perth Children’s Hospital has recently undergone formal testing under Chief Health Officer approved protocols. The State Government called on the CHO to oversee and manage lead levels in the potable water system and provide advice on treatment strategies to remediate the lead issue. The results showed 74 per cent compliance. Lead levels have improved after…

State Government Invest To Prevent Breast Cancer

A hand held imaging device created in WA to lower the number of breast cancer patients is being commercialised in the State as the starting point for local researchers and innovators to bring their innovations to market. The device will help reduce the amount of surgery needed by breast cancer sufferers and the State Government’s…