Missed Medical Appointments Result in Heavy Health Costs in WA

The McGowan government has warned against patient “no-shows” at public hospital and clinics, which has led to large costs to WA’s health system. More than 160,000 outpatient appointments have been missed across the state, resulting in $26 million lost in productivity and activity-based Commonwealth funding. It is more than eight per cent of total outpatient…

Morrison Reopens Christmas Island Amid Medevac Legislation Passing Senate

Scott Morrison will step up Australia’s border protection to prevent asylum seekers from getting on boats to the nation, as the Senate backed new laws fast-tracking evacuations for critically ill asylum seekers. The Prime Minister has expressed his concern that the laws will reignite the people-smuggling trade as the laws narrowly passed the Senate 36…

South-West Mental Health Services in the works

A new community mental health step up/step down service for people in the South-West region is in the works, aiming to support people with their mental health struggles in a residential setting, close to their family and friend networks. The 10 bed service in Glen Iris is part of a State Government iniative to provide…

No Jab No Play – Government Immunisation Policy

The Government has introduced a ‘No Jab, No Play’ policy with three phases to ensure community health for all, including kindergarten and school aged children. From January 1st 2019, phase one requires childcare services, kindergartens and schools to report on the immunisation status of all students, strengthening the powers of the Chief Health Officer during…

Alcohol education campaign receives additional funding

A new study has revealed staggering improvements in the way parents think and act regarding adolescent alcohol use. Alcohol.Think Again’s ‘Parents, Young People and Alcohol’ campaign saw parents surveyed two and a half times more likely to agree that providing under 18s with alcohol did not teach them responsible drinking. Parents surveyed after the campaign…

CCC report investigates tax payer dollars lining pockets of Senior Health Servants

The Corruption and Crime Commission have released a damning report after investigating hundreds and thousands of siphoned dollars by Senior WA Health Bureaucrats. Contractors offered benefits including lavish lunches, gifts and personal holidays, in return for work. Three senior health bureaucrats and almost a dozen contractors are caught up in the scandal, while the CCC…

Armadale Hospital Boasts New Neonatal Unit in $1.9m Upgrade

Armadale Hospital has revealed its new neonatal unit, improving the hospital’s ability to provide safe care for ill newborns. The $450,000 addition to the hospital is ready to treat its first babies, coming as part of the hospital’s $1.9 million infrastructure upgrade, providing enhanced obstetric services to enable mothers to give birth closer to home.…

Regional WA Mental Health Care Bolstered With New Service

A new community mental health service will open in regional WA that will provide vital residential and individualised care for those with mental health conditions. The community mental health step up/ step down service will support people in the community in areas close to their personal network, while also cutting hospital admissions, serving as a…

Vaccinations Encouraged to Avoid Peak Flu Season

The State Government is encouraging Western Australians to get vaccinated to ensure they are protected during the peak of the flu season. Health Minister Roger Cook said it was not too late to get vaccinated, to prevent catching the disease and prevent hospitalisation. “Each year our hospital Emergency Departments are put under additional pressure during…