Public consultation begins into discussion paper for abortion service safe access

There will be further discussion into safety around WA abortion services, with the introduction of a discussion paper into safe access zones. Public consultation will begin into the State Government paper released on Wednesday to introduce safe access zones around premises providing abortion services, to ensure patients can access them without fear of intimidation or…

Health review to prepare WA health system for future

WA will focus on creating a cultural shift towards community-based care and hospital innovation in the state’s health, the State Government has revealed. The McGowan Government has welcomed the Sustainable Health Review Final report, to rebalance the health system to ensure Western Australians receive quality health care. The report focuses on prevention and community care…

State Government Calls For Feedback Into Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws

The McGowan Government has called for community discussion over voluntary assisted dying, as it investigates issues in the reform of the legislation. The government has opened consultation for public feedback, with the legislation to introduce voluntary assisted dying due to go before the State Parliament in the second half of the year. The consultation will…

New reforms to reduce tobacco related harm in community

Improving community health and reducing tobacco exposure to children is at the forefront of the State Government’s introduction of new laws to reduce tobacco-related harm on Monday March 18th. Amendments to the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 will give WA same of the toughest tobacco laws in the country, especially with regards to protecting children.…

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…